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by Baisao
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 157
Views: 5301

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

I also used Fiji years ago and though I liked the flavor, the high TDS (around 250) made tea that was heavy on the palate and lacked elan. While it is a delicious water, it pushed the tea around. Political and environmental issues also concerned me with this water. Hey Baisao, can you explain "elan...
by Baisao
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Combining Tea with other Interests
Replies: 18
Views: 296

Re: Combining Tea with other Interests

Are you kidding?! :mrgreen: This sounds amazing. The most ideal way to drink tea, definitely. Only thing slightly better is having a gathering of good friends there, interested in tea. I agree! I only wish the outside temperature was more frequently comfortable so I could host gatherings outside.
by Baisao
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Combining Tea with other Interests
Replies: 18
Views: 296

Re: Combining Tea with other Interests

My tearoom overlooks a nature preserve so I observe wildlife and the seasons while drinking tea and listening to the hifi. There’s a small creek about 100 feet below, deep in the valley that I can hear flowing. The clouds and light are magnificent. I can’t imagine doing anything better while having...
by Baisao
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Combining Tea with other Interests
Replies: 18
Views: 296

Re: Combining Tea with other Interests

My tearoom overlooks a nature preserve so I observe wildlife and the seasons while drinking tea and listening to the hifi. There’s a small creek about 100 feet below, deep in the valley that I can hear flowing. The clouds and light are magnificent. I can’t imagine doing anything better while having ...
by Baisao
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 78
Views: 5937

Re: Your day in matcha

Samidori cultivar - light and airy with a lingonberry aftertaste.
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by Baisao
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Japanese Greens - Can’t Get Away
Replies: 14
Views: 297

Re: Japanese Greens - Can’t Get Away

In any case the human body probably has a lot more individual differences than medicine would prefer... I think you hit the nail on the head. I think it is silly to classify all greens as yin though no doubt some medical practitioners would do so and fine it to work well within their framework. To ...
by Baisao
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Japanese Greens - Can’t Get Away
Replies: 14
Views: 297

Re: Japanese Greens - Can’t Get Away

To be clearer, I don’t understand Chinese medicine but I am describing the characteristics of teas as being yin/yang as these terms seem to describe aspects of teas in more nuance than relaxing/exciting. For example, I feel the vigor or young horses running through my body when I drink gaoshan. That...
by Baisao
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hagi
Replies: 86
Views: 11195

Re: Hagi

The survival of the hagis, lol. You know you're into teaware when you're perfectly fine with your cup leaking a bit and cracking and consider that not only normal, but part of the charm. I have not mentioned it to my family. They would not understand. :lol: :lol: :lol: I used a biwa chawan from Sei...
by Baisao
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Japanese Greens - Can’t Get Away
Replies: 14
Views: 297

Re: Japanese Greens - Can’t Get Away

I’ve noticed that poeple, after some prodding, admit to gravitating to certain genres of teas for constitutional reasons more than flavor profiles. It’s this way even for someone like me who rotates through genres. Sometimes I want a tea with more yin characteristics, other times I want a tea that’s...
by Baisao
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Novice help please
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: Novice help please

My own opinion on water is that the emphasis is to avoid water that ruins tea or does not let its flavors come out; not to emphasize finding ideal water or ideal water for this tea and another water for that tea, etc. I agree. It's been my experience that a water that is good for one tea is usually...
by Baisao
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Novice help please
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: Novice help please

I’d suggest avoiding filters because you don’t want to remove the minerals in your water since they give the water body and flavor. A tasty spring water is best. There’s a thread here where we discuss waters. Some waters like Acqua Panna lock up flavors and should be avoided. I’ve had good luck with...
by Baisao
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Novice help please
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: Novice help please

My current method involves a basket which in my mind had been a big improvement over a tea ball but I'm comparing as much for ease of use/cleanup as results. Ah, yes! You did say basket earlier. I agree with you that baskets are an improvement over balls. Using the brewing parameters mentioned by V...
by Baisao
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Novice help please
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: Novice help please

I've been experimenting with a 'formosa' oolong. The first time I tried it the flavor of peaches were almost overwhelming ...in a good way😀... unfortunately I'm not sure what I did. The next couple of tries have all seemed to taste like wet grass. Welcome to the forum, Jim. I agree with Bok and hav...
by Baisao
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: favorite Gaoshan (high mountain) vendor
Replies: 24
Views: 508

Re: favorite Gaoshan (high mountain) vendor

I could try that. Now that I think about it I haven't tried any in years, since I was a new, baby tea drinker. I wasn't impressed at the time (hence not having any since), but my tastes have changed somewhat, and I've learned a lot. With 15-ish years under my belt I have not been terribly impressed...
by Baisao
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: favorite Gaoshan (high mountain) vendor
Replies: 24
Views: 508

Re: favorite Gaoshan (high mountain) vendor

Bok wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:09 am
For the winter harvest I recommend not to hold back this year! It has been good and yield was very low, buy now or it will be gone soon...
Thanks, @Bok. Winter pick is the only gaoshan I like. Recommend any Western-facing sellers? (DM if you would like)