Search found 127 matches

by Baisao
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: pot rolling techniques
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: pot rolling techniques

The stated purpose of the shaking method seen here does not make sense. He states that it is to help open leaves but that is not necessary as the leaves will open on their own, regardless, and opening too fast has more problems than opening slowly. I think a similar shaking movement helps form a gal...
by Baisao
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Japanese tea caddies
Replies: 28
Views: 1122

Re: Japanese tea caddies

....... This is my storage system: * I vacuum seal non-fragile teas that I don’t want to age. * I place fragile teas I don’t want to age in amber glass, cloaked in inert gas. ...... Can you share your vacuum seal and inert gas solution/devices? I’d like to start doing this as well. Thanks. I am usi...
by Baisao
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Japanese tea caddies
Replies: 28
Views: 1122

Re: Japanese tea caddies

Baisao: What are these "amber glasses" you're referring to? Also how are you vacuum sealing your tea with inert gas? I get large, wide-mouth amber glass jars from U-LINE . I don't use inert gas and vacuum sealing in combination since a vacuum defeats the point of an inert gas. I forgot to mention o...
by Baisao
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Japanese tea caddies
Replies: 28
Views: 1122

Re: Japanese tea caddies

The caddy question has been answered. Since we’ve moved on to general storage... Some oolongs absolutely open up, for lack of a better phrase, in ceramic containers. These have been mid-oxidized or aged oolongs, in my experience. Two weeks in a jar can often do wonders for tea that is under-performi...
by Baisao
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Accelerated seasoning success
Replies: 40
Views: 1410

Re: Accelerated seasoning success

Despite conventions, I argue that setting pots with tea should only apply to pots with bad clay or other foul characteristics. I would not do this with good clay and no longer season my high end teapots. Good clay is expensive; it doesn’t make sense to alter it with pore clogging fatty acids from tea.
by Baisao
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Shudei with Sheng/Yancha
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Shudei with Sheng/Yancha

I have recently stumbled upon this beautiful pot (in Marshaln's blog) which was actually made by Yamada Josan with shudei clay. There are 4 generations of potters with the name Jozan Yamada. Sou Yamada will take the name when his father, the current and fourth Jozan, dies. The first Yamada studied ...
by Baisao
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 50
Views: 2292

Re: Musings on Dancong…

Dancong doping bothers me quite a lot and I am very careful about what I purchase now after some bad experiences when blindly assessing oolongs for people. From better to worse, I have detected allspice all the way to Febreze fragrance, and all sorts of things in between. No doubt other teas are dop...
by Baisao
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Shudei with Sheng/Yancha
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Shudei with Sheng/Yancha

Anyone had any experience using shudei clay with either semi-aged sheng or yancha? How do they work together? how does shudei perform comparing to hongni/zhunni ? Please share your experience (I'm specifically referring to the clays used by Sou Yamada). Contradictions and comparisons follow... Sou ...
by Baisao
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Accelerated seasoning success
Replies: 40
Views: 1410

Re: Accelerated seasoning success

Well here is another suggestion (I kid you not - this guy had exactly the same problem with this zini, but looks like he found a solution) @Atlas - looks like it performs not bad at all here. https://imgur.com/0JwDiuP Here is his post on reddit which is also here somewhere https://www.reddit.com/r/...
by Baisao
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Accelerated seasoning success
Replies: 40
Views: 1410

Re: Accelerated seasoning success

I would reconsider how reputable Chawangshop is as a vendor since they persist in selling this problematic lot of teapots. I also always keep scratching my head, when I see them posting using those lead-infested vintage cups... brown or red over-glazed, those are heavily leaching lead, I got some m...
by Baisao
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Accelerated seasoning success
Replies: 40
Views: 1410

Re: Accelerated seasoning success

I would reconsider how reputable Chawangshop is as a vendor since they persist in selling this problematic lot of teapots. On another note, after well over a decade seasoning my teapots I now regret allowing them to become so heavily seasoned. Some of us pay a lot of money for fine pots made from ex...
by Baisao
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Is this a 70s pot?
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

Re: Is this a 70s pot?

Even the green sticker is poorly faked.
by Baisao
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: A hairline crack
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: A hairline crack

MarshalN collects Japanese antiques: he said kintsugi'd items aren't meant to be used again. I told him I was served salad (shredded cabbage) on a kintsugi'd plate at a fancy tonkatsu place in Tokyo and he was very surprised and said it really shouldn't be done. This is along my line of thinking as...
by Baisao
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Repair suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: Repair suggestions?

You can also try a kitsugi repair yourself from online kits. It'll cost about as much as the pot but you would be able to repair your friends items as well.
by Baisao
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Sencha: what water temp do you use for the second cup?
Replies: 9
Views: 634

Re: Sencha: what water temp do you use for the second cup?

ShuShu wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:31 pm
Thank everyone for sharing their experience.
Baisao — your setup gave me the best third cup. Gentle and full of flavor. Thanks!
I’m glad we could help. :-)