Ethan Kurland

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Tue Jan 23, 2024 7:32 pm

List of available teas (posted on bottom of page 8) has been updated. Please note that both the High Mountain Organic Roasted Oolong has only one packet available. Also, I have been drinking the new teas since mid-November & they are wonderful. Added an organic white tea from Nepal.
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Sun Feb 18, 2024 3:53 pm

White tea from Nepal:

My list of teas for sale on the bottom of page 8 has a new addition: Himaylayan Snow, an organic white tea from Nepal. I think I have not had this tea for a few years. Some years had poor conditions for white tea & some years I had trouble communicating w/ my source in Nepal. This year I worked harder on the communication because I missed the tea & I have noticed members have had difficulty obtaining darjeeling style tea lately.

Anyway, the tea is very flavorful, giving us the tastes we seek from tea from Nepal & Darjeeling. (I won't pretend to be able to separate 1st flush & 2nd flush well.) There is a very pleasing brightness to the brew. I don't add the word "fresh" because it leads to thinking of green tea & this Himalayan Snow has no hints of green tea's vegetal .... this a white tea w/ white's best feature, body to its soup that is light & thin-feeling while full of flavor w/o even a hint of being acrid. To have so much flavor, this type of tea's blend of flavors w/o any astringency is wonderful. The flavor's strength gets significantly weaker from infusion to infusion, but somehow it is enjoyable to drink even as "tea water". 100 grams for $42 (42 cents per gram); 50 grams for $25.
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Sun Feb 25, 2024 4:06 pm

My oldest brother is enduring massive doses of chemotherapy which makes eating & drinking difficult for a few days every 3 weeks. He is finding this white tea, Himalayan Snow, very tolerable & enjoyable even on his worst days. "Delicate yet tasty" he has told me.

"Delicate" ? A surprising word. The defining flavor(s) of tea from Nepal & Darjeeling that I had enjoyed years back was spoiled by a bothersome astringency that often comes w/ such tea. Delicate was a missing characteristic.

Anyway, that unique flavor is good to have in one's cupboard even for those of us (including me) who have moved away from drinking such tea very often. (For me, a few times a month.)

Also, this tea is definitely best enjoyed hot. I often drink teas after they have cooled quite a bit, but this loses a lot once it gets too cool.

Cheers.
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Wed Mar 13, 2024 2:57 pm

Muscatel. "Muscatel" grapes, muscatel wine was what would not come into my mind for weeks. A common, desired flavor for a category of tea of Darjeeling & Nepal. The Himalayan Snow has it very nicely for us; I've moved from wanting it a few times a month to twice a week.

My apologies for the lack of words that haunts me in my later years.
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Sat Apr 20, 2024 9:42 pm

If you want some tea from me, please contact me soon. I'll be traveling soon. No orders taken for tea from May 3rd through June 28th.

Any advice about Penang, Malaysia is welcome. Will spend 6 days at a totally new place for us. We have not done that for decades.
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Tue Jun 25, 2024 12:20 pm

Back home. Can take orders for tea now.

Cheers, Ethan
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Tue Jun 25, 2024 5:45 pm

Welcome home!
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Tue Jun 25, 2024 12:20 pm
Back home. Can take orders for tea now.

Cheers, Ethan
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Tue Jul 02, 2024 5:46 am

This Spring I worked much harder to decide which teas to get to drink myself & sell. It's been years since I was in Thailand in May & June when the sun is directly overhead most of the day making me wonder if it can set me on fire (this is the hottest year). For several weeks the lowest temperature of days was 88 F & the highs of many days was 109 F. (Yes, in the 40s C.) So, I spent a lot of time in my air-conditioned hotel room being very serious about testing, sampling, & comparing teas while Nit enjoyed total control of the tv. Also, w/ so much time spent inside, I returned to some types of tea that I had abandoned the last few years.

Lightly oxidized oolong (gaoshan) from Taiwan this Spring presents greater fragrance & sweetness than usual. Again, tea not from the most famous mountains, offers excellent quality at lower prices than famous tea that sells for much more $ even when it is not better, or even not as good as the cheaper tea that does not have fame. My list of teas will soon show choices from high quality to top quality gaoshan chosen for quality & value.

Also, I opened up my range. I found some excellent Ruby 18 & a lightly roasted oolong (10% of full roast) that is difficult to get (tea that is roasted much more is what is common).

Also, Lishan Black & Oriental Beauty will be available in 60-gram packs as well as the 75s on offer now.

Cheers
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Wed Jul 10, 2024 7:48 pm

Bottom of page 8, complete list of teas: Spring 2024 gaoshan from Taiwan, new moderately roasted (10%) Alishan, Ruby 18..... More teas to choose from, enjoy drinking them & comparing them to each other.
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