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debunix wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:38 am
a strong bias in English-language tea forums towards teas from China, Taiwan, Japan, does not surprise me at all.
Taiwan is the big surprise for me. China makes sense, as there was a 20-year trade embargo and by the time it was over the Chinese tea industry had changed so radically that even if someone had been a regular tea-drinker in the 1940s it wouldn't have made much difference. Japan sort of makes sense, in that although there was never a formal embargo, a generation of Americans fell out-of-love with Japanese teas at a time when it had no other export markets and was in a chaotic postwar state. By the time that generation's children became interested in Japanese tea, twice-fired American-export sencha didn't exist anymore, so it wasn't a continuing of the old tradition but the start of a new one revolving around bancha and the Macrobiotics "Zen Diet", or later, around Japanese-style sencha newly available fresh through improvements in green tea packaging.

However, as far as I am aware, Taiwan and America never had any kind of conflict. The Taiwanese oolong industry was created in part to satisfy America's huge thirst for oolong tea, and then when the trade embargo with China started, it supplied the Lapsang Souchong, the Keemun, and the other popular Chinese teas in substitute form; some of them holding their own even today, like Taiwanese lapsang souchong. So I struggle to understand what happened here. Formosa oolong used to be so widespread that Lipton carried it alongside its Ceylon teas, and it is still offered (in a very stemmy form) today by many older tea vendors. But why so stemmy? And why is the general awareness of Formosa oolong so low when there was never any big event like the Chinese trade embargo or World War II to disrupt it?

That is on my tea-list of things I hope to discover one day. :)
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TankCla
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Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:50 pm

Hello

How long have you been drinking tea? - 15 years

What kind of tea do you drink? - I am currently discovering Japanese tea

How do you prepare your tea? - 1 scoop full of tea leafs, 70C / 160F water and my favourite Tokoname Kyusu

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now? - brewing techniques

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there? - I fell in love with tea, from my first sip and the flavour and aroma of different tipes of tea processing is fueling the flame of love

What is your location? - Stoney Creek, Canada

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Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:11 pm

welcome, @TankCla!
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Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:20 pm

Welcome to TeaForum @TankCla and @Emilpalm 🍃
WChee
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Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:44 pm

I am a novice tea drinker. I've been drinking for about a year (minus the summer) and some of my favorite teas are the autumn 2020 AA Tie Guan Yin from YS, spring 2020's of Laoshu Dian Hong from SC and Yunnan "Purple Beauty" Green from YS.

I doubt that it will be permanent, and I didn't start with that intention, but I quit drinking 5 days ago and tea has helped tremendously. I am used to drinking lots of liquid and tea helps fill the void. I also realize that if I quit or significantly cut back drinking I can buy better tea. :D
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welcome!
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debunix
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WChee wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:44 pm
I can buy better tea.
Welcome!

And fine tea goes a LONG way in terms of dollars per ounce of what you're actually drinking.....depending on how strong you like your infusions. A tea costing a dollar per gram sounds very expensive, but with the right dollar per gram tea, I can put a few grams into a teapot and keep infusing until I've prepared a lot of tea. This morning's gyokuro used maybe 4 grams of leaf, in a 5 ounce teapot, cost about 40 cents per gram, and I've enjoyed 5 infusons already and I'm going to get one more in a few hours. So for $2 worth of leaf, I'm getting nearly a liter of fine quality tea.
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Peter
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Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:16 pm

Hi there!

How long have you been drinking tea?
I've been drinking whole leaf tea for five years or so.

What kind of tea do you drink?
Really I'll try anything but puerh is my favorite.

How do you prepare your tea?
Usually Gongfu style. Teapot or gaiwan.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
All about puerh.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
Variations of tastes and fragrances, a sense of exploration.

What is your location?
Moscow, Russia
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Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:51 am

Welcome!
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