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by Baisao
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 79
Views: 7064

Re: Mei leaf

Jeanbb , you should re-read what I wrote. My comment was is not about Mei Leaf but about “...the harm in drinking mediocre or bad teas.” Yes, a friend of mine died of stomach cancer at too young an age and it did prompt me to consider if it was from tasting teas over decades that were improperly pr...
by Baisao
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 58
Views: 4046

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

The first part is what interests me. I apprecitate your Zen Buddhist perspective because your description of it matches my own sensibilies. But what intrigues me is the possiblility that somewhere, sometime there was or is a community of people for whom tea drinking was or is so important that they...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 58
Views: 4046

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

Speaking of which, just saw this one the other day. "If the tea becomes real, we become real. When we are able to truly meet the tea, at that very moment we are truly alive." - Thich Nhat Hanh https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3598040063556832&id=319228401438031 But it’s not just te...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 58
Views: 4046

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

Speaking of which, just saw this one the other day. "If the tea becomes real, we become real. When we are able to truly meet the tea, at that very moment we are truly alive." - Thich Nhat Hanh https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3598040063556832&id=319228401438031 But it’s not just te...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 58
Views: 4046

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

"Maybe it is as simple as the ancient Japanese proverb that someone without tea in them is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. To chajin, this is the way (and the why) of tea There are two parts to the proverb. The first part asserts that “ someone without tea in them is incapable of under...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: Tasting tea structurally

I was an absentheur in the 90s and would noodle on the aromas of illicitly made absinthes trying to determine what aromatics had been used in each batch of absinthe I tried. I did a similar thing with gins. It was my passion and the passion of others in a similar online group of friendly enthusiasts...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: Tasting tea structurally

Body feel is consistent for me per tea, and each tea is unique. For example, while I may expect every hong shui to have a gently relaxing feeling, each hong shui will have a unique complex of sensations. I don't know why and I don't know why some people don't feel tea this way, but I can guess. In r...
by Baisao
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: Tasting tea structurally

Good stuff as usual. And this had me chucking!
by Baisao
Fri May 29, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Matcha Tea Newbie...
Replies: 20
Views: 1118

Re: Matcha Tea Newbie...

S_B , I’m not obsessive about the temperature of water for Japanese teas, especially matcha, except to note that most react poorly to water that’s too hot. I usually have my kettle going at around 85° then remove from heat. I pour some of that water in to my chawan to warm it, pour it out. By this ...
by Baisao
Sun May 24, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 264
Views: 48078

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

twno1 To answer your question, at least partially, I notice a difference in texture immediately after transferring water from one vessel to the next. For example, water boiled in an Ichikawa kettle will taste different after being poured into and out of a shudei yuzamashi compared to being poured i...
by Baisao
Fri May 22, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 361
Views: 62989

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

twno1 I might be wrong, but isn't Japanese tea in general meant to be poured very slowly anyways? Fast pour is useful for Oolong in my experience. Yes. Slowly, otherwise you’ll clog the filter. Wet sencha and gyokuro leaves are thin and can clog the filter easily. With a kyusu, tip so that the tea ...
by Baisao
Sun May 10, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 361
Views: 62989

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Although Shudei is not very absorbing, personally I’d not mix them. Over time the high mountain might overpower the Japanese teas. I second this. The teas are very different with the high mountain oolong being much stronger in floral character. Hon shudei or not, using these teas in the same clay v...
by Baisao
Thu May 07, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to treat unpleasant tea high?
Replies: 19
Views: 961

Re: How to treat unpleasant tea high?

Bok wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 7:51 pm
Or, don’t drink young Sheng! :mrgreen:
Or in my case: take a second to look at the leaves to see whether it’s young sheng/maocha instead of what the label said.
by Baisao
Thu May 07, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 264
Views: 48078

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

Joking aside, that’s a great point, Rickpatbrown . Though it only purifies a liter at a time, I had good luck using a Steripen when our city water went bad last year for a week. I’ve used it camping two without issues. Back home I could drink from seeps and stumps without a problem. It would probabl...
by Baisao
Thu May 07, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 264
Views: 48078

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

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