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by Baisao
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay
Replies: 70
Views: 4742

Re: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay

lUKAV28 Kobiwako clay is the single most remarkable clay I have ever encountered in terms of very obvious change in taste of the tea. It is even notable just by drinking water from it, it turns sweet! Perfect for anything green- greenish, lightly processed/oxidised. Mr Ichikawa’s studio isn’t far f...
by Baisao
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 55
Views: 3144

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

I wasn't sure where to post this, but I thought this thread might be interested in this pot since the artist was an apprentice: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Y0080-Japanese-KYUSU-Tokoname-ware-signed-Teapot-Tea-Ceremony-japan-antique/153603131205?hash=item23c375c745:g:qNcAAOSwbbtdU3GD Here is a pot that...
by Baisao
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Umami in Matcha
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: Umami in Matcha

I am a little concerned at the odd advice you have been given here. Umami is not a flavour enhancer it is a taste on its own. I don't think there is cause for concern. I think most of us agree that umami is not a flavor enhancer, but flavor enhancers often use glutamates for its umami flavor. Thank...
by Baisao
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 55
Views: 3144

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

+1 for Asako Isobe. She is incredibly friendly and helpful. I think pedant is correct on all points. While I enjoy using Jozan III kyusu and appreciate their craftsmanship, I feel that Emu Yamada (Jozan IV) is next level. I haven’t used Sou’s kyusu but I hope he took the same approach as his father ...
by Baisao
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: How much tea is too much tea?
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: How much tea is too much tea?

...started off getting a double-shot americano in the morning and another at midday. After a couple of years of obliviously drinking americanos all day I tallied that I was up to 7 douple-shot americanos a day and then going home and having multiple rounds of tea!. In Europe there are a lot of cafe...
by Baisao
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: How much tea is too much tea?
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: How much tea is too much tea?

I’d also like to suggest that the gentleman who was consuming 16 eight ounce glasses of iced tea a day may have gotten to that point much like boiling a frog. It happened to me. I was developer for a Fortune 50 company that has a reputation for being a real grind house, but they had a Starbucks on-s...
by Baisao
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: How much tea is too much tea?
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: How much tea is too much tea?

This reminds me of the green tea extract fad about 15 years ago. Rather than drink green tea, people would consume a highly concentrated extract (it’s anyone’s guess whether it really came from green tea). Consuming a concentrated extract of tea is as immoderate as consuming 4 liters of iced tea a d...
by Baisao
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany

Hahaha! The last time I got into a conversation with someone in Boulder about water they were trying to sell me "tachyon water" at $20/oz. I'm glad to hear there is someone with sane views in Boulder. :lol:
by Baisao
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany

"...just ask Peter Jones at Trident Booksellers and Café in Boulder."

Huh?
by Baisao
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Anyone know what this is??? (plastic in cake)
Replies: 34
Views: 1239

Re: Anyone know what this is??? (plastic in cake)

If you dislike astringency you may want to stay clear of dry stored pu. I have some dry aged sheng from the 80s that’s still too astringent for me. On the other hand, I’ve had unaged gushu maocha that was marvelously delicious— sweet and with very little astringency. I guess it depends on the pick, ...
by Baisao
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: High fire TGY suggestions?
Replies: 10
Views: 544

Re: High fire TGY suggestions?

I’ve sampled Tillerman ’s Muzha TGY and heartily recommend it. It’s not charred like some. Here are my notes for his Spring 2018, which btw should age nicely: Parameters: 6g/120ml/93° Appearance Dry: Dark, small to medium-sized, irregularly shaped pellets that appear traditionally rolled. Looks well...
by Baisao
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Anyone know what this is??? (plastic in cake)
Replies: 34
Views: 1239

Re: Anyone know what this is??? (plastic in cake)

one quality predictor is if the leaf's from gushu (old trees). there's plenty of good tea that isn't gushu of course. Just to note that there's more gushu demand than supply, so be on the watch for cakes claiming to be gushu. Of course the ages of trees get exaggerated too. A tree that was 500 year...
by Baisao
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Anyone know what this is??? (plastic in cake)
Replies: 34
Views: 1239

Re: Anyone know what this is???

Looks like a piece of the standard wrapping bags things are shipped with in China. If you order something from taobao it is usually wrapped in this very smelly plastic, not to forget the dust from the roads :) This has been inside the tea cake since it was wet. Are you saying this is normal? It’s n...
by Baisao
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Umami in Matcha
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: Umami in Matcha

Mushrooms and kombu are essential sources of glutamate, and among the first sources that MSG was isolated from in Japan.
by Baisao
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Umami in Matcha
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: Umami in Matcha

When describing umami in tea to my son I have described it as being brothy.

FWIW, I am not sure I've noticed umami in matcha (there's a lot going on!) but it is very apparent in many gyokuro teas when brewed strongly, like 4g/40ml.