What Black Are You Drinking

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Ethan Kurland
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:23 pm

teaformeplease wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:32 pm
with some of the softest, blingiest leaves I've seen in a while. So many trichomes!
Got so cold walking in the wind by Boston Harbor; so, I could not enjoy Championship Black from Taiwan more than I am. Leaves are not big, particularly soft, nor bringing the word, "bling" to my mind. Taste is fruity and there is enough body and slight touch of malty sweetness. I'll look up "trichomes" and report on that later. Delicious!

Started weighing my tea and using the same temperatures for each round. 1.5 grams for 110 ml (about 4 oz.) of 98C water is perfect for me. Relatively short steeping allows fruit flavors to be appreciated more; so, I steep quickly for the first 2 rounds; third round I steep much longer (1 - 3 minutes instead of 20 - 40 seconds) to get a more traditional deeper drink of black tea (only slightly more dynamic this way than the cheaper black tea from Taiwan that I also drink).

Good to see you posting, teaformeplease. Cheers
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Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:18 am

Unsmoked lapsang, I really like it!
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:06 am

finishing off a giant bag of Baoshan Yesheng Hongcha I got from Chawang Shop. I got a small bag to start and immediately ordered a bunch more... and might have to do it again. Other than shu this has been my go-to morning tea for a while now - it has some malty notes if brewed right but is much more on the fruity and juicy side and is super forgiving with steeping times and temperature which is great for when I am not fully awake. It isn't super fancy for gong fu but it still works nicely showing some different sides of the flavor, but I enjoy it best with just one or two long steeps in a big pot. Super mixed in terms of some really huge (supposedly wild grown) leaves with some smaller leaves and more broken bits, some stems, and pretty uneven oxidation with each piece of leaf almost being a different color from black to lighter oxidation and little bits that still seem kind of green. Seems more like a rough homestyle or farmer production which I find really interesting to try.
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Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:10 am

Drinking some Darjeeling Second Flush from Tea Campaign Canada. Not sure if it qualifies as black tea though as technically Darjeeling is a very dark oolong, although it is labeled and treated as black tea. Except for the occasional milk tea, Darjeeling is the only Indian tea I drink on a normal basis. It's quite nice, very pleasant aroma, smooth with a nice subtle sweetness. I can see why this tea has its devotees. A very good price for certified organic tea of this grade too.
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