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by Baisao
Mon May 20, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Questions about storing tea in fridge
Replies: 27
Views: 2283

Re: Questions about storing tea in fridge

Do most of you refrigerate your sencha if you order several bags at once? Like, refrigerate them and take out each bag when you’re ready to drink it? It doesn’t deteriorate more quickly when opened, provided the proper time to come up to temp is given? I have so much shincha now I’m practically swi...
by Baisao
Mon May 20, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hagi
Replies: 91
Views: 13099

Re: Hagi

Are these leaking when making matcha or leaking when a less viscous tea is poured into them? I think I recall someone saying they were using these biwa chawan for sencha, which is why I ask.
by Baisao
Fri May 17, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Questions about storing tea in fridge
Replies: 27
Views: 2283

Re: Questions about storing tea in fridge

Tencha is frequently stored cold in bulk. If you’re smart about it, there’s little risk of destroying even delicate teas.
by Baisao
Thu May 16, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Vacuum sealers?
Replies: 45
Views: 3835

Re: Vacuum sealers?

FWIW, I’ve had great results using Private Preserve with mylar bags and a FoodSaver vacuum sealer for less delicate teas. Both have their place.
by Baisao
Fri May 10, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay
Replies: 48
Views: 1981

Re: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay

I'm pretty sure I either sense bitterness differently, or am not sensitive to it. Judging by his instructions on how to brew a Zarai sencha sample I got, Hojo may have tastes moreso in that direction. He recommends brewing it for 20-30s at 194F! Anytime I've brewed sencha at that temp for that amou...
by Baisao
Fri May 10, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay
Replies: 48
Views: 1981

Re: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay

They are different potters but none of my Yamada family kyusu (Minoru and Emu) have needed seasoning. I did have a kyusu by Kato Tadaomi, aka Koshin, that never really improved despite a great deal of seasoning and multi-year use. My suspect that seasoning is helpful for removing odd flavors that re...
by Baisao
Sat May 04, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Is anyone still making the classic American-export style Formosa Oolong?
Replies: 12
Views: 282

Re: Is anyone still making the classic American-export style Formosa Oolong?

Tillerman , this about as much information as I have other than the specific township (Ruisui) and the farmer. What was related was part of a conversation I had in 2016 with contemporaneous notes. What struck me at the time (and was much discussed!) is how label averse the Taiwanese are with teas. ...
by Baisao
Sat May 04, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Is anyone still making the classic American-export style Formosa Oolong?
Replies: 12
Views: 282

Re: Is anyone still making the classic American-export style Formosa Oolong?

To me the description reminds me of a tea I have heard called pengfeng or ‘feng (though confusingly not dongfang meiren). My understanding is that ‘feng was used like a put down for this tea, like saying, “Oh, that’s just some ordinary tea”. The ones I have had were from around Hualien County, made ...
by Baisao
Fri May 03, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Celestial Seasonings Tour & The Emperor's Choice Blend
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: Celestial Seasonings Tour & The Emperor's Choice Blend

beforewisdom , did you make a stop at the Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder? Their teas and food are ok-ish (or were the last time I visited) but the atmosphere cannot be beaten. It's a block from Boulder Creek and has a small bit of flow directly adjacent to the building, which makes the place all the ...
by Baisao
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tea Troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: Tea Troubles

I don't want to sound snobbish, but if you want a good cup of tea, don't buy in groceries and don't buy teabags. What drives me crazy with teabags is not even the quality of the tea - i have no expectations there: if it doesn't leave me feeling a bit nasty/poisoned, i take that as a bonus - but the...
by Baisao
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tea Troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: Tea Troubles

Here in the states, specifically in mississippi, It is difficult to get a good cup of tea. All the tea is in teabags. What do you think of Bigelow? Since you have an internet connection you have the world at your fingertips. You can buy domestically online or buy from shops anywhere in the world if...
by Baisao
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: The importance of water in oolong making
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: The importance of water in oolong making

Tea is all about controlling water, from the field to the cup. I might counter: where does water not matter with oolong? As an aside, this reminds me of the importance of water in bread baking. Water is what allows gluten to form and yeast to access nutrients. There’s no bread without water. It’s mo...
by Baisao
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 32
Views: 711

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Considering the tomobaku is missing, the style, and the unfamiliar (to me) seal, I am inclined to believe it is Jozan I or II. It seems most people kept the tomobaku for Yamada III’s works and his seals are well known. If pressed I would say it’s Yamada II for circumstantial reasons in addition to r...
by Baisao
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 32
Views: 711

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

The seal is new to me. It says "Jozan". Did it come with its tomobako or other items?
by Baisao
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Chipped my F1 hongni
Replies: 36
Views: 646

Re: Chipped my F1 hongni

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