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by Baisao
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The most difficult tea
Replies: 9
Views: 212

Re: The most difficult tea

Additionally, I don’t find that it scales linearly. In other words, 4g/70ml will taste better than 8g/140ml, all other variables being the same. Would you attribute that to the tea being especially sensitive to heat, and the smaller volume of tea causing a quicker drop in temperature? A drop in tem...
by Baisao
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The most difficult tea
Replies: 9
Views: 212

Re: The most difficult tea

I'm going to have to agree with Japanese greens(primarily sencha/gyokuro) for reasons others mentioned. Hard to eyeball the weight(8g looks like 4), the leaf size, time sensitive, temperature sensitive, and I also don't have that much experience. I feel like i need to measure and time everything......
by Baisao
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Kettles
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 60
Views: 6365

Re: Electric Kettles

Skill in handling an instrument of choice certainly plays more of a role than the tool itself. This applies to so many things people get worked up about when making tea. I use a Japanese clay kettle and it can pour fast or slow as needed. It’s not as precise as a thin gooseneck kettle but it is pre...
by Baisao
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The most difficult tea
Replies: 9
Views: 212

Re: The most difficult tea

I don’t have a lot of experience with unaged sheng because I make it infrequently (it tastes great but my body finds it disagreeable). However, I have found it to be easy to steep if treated like a green tea. I think I am lucky with phoenix oolongs. IDK why but they haven’t been too difficult. I did...
by Baisao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 176
Views: 2673

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

My experience with yixing is very little, what is the line on the lid? It seems really smooth on the bottom edges and rough closer to the top. How is this effect created? It looks as if the skirt of the lid was grinded at the rough part after a bisque firing to improve the lid fit. +1 They can also...
by Baisao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 176
Views: 2673

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

Gyokuro and boiled teas are different. Gyokuro should be fit to size and boiled teas are just an entirely different class. Does brewing gyokuro in a too large pot have negative effects on the outcome, or is it more about tradition? absence , mostly because if the vessel is too big and the water mig...
by Baisao
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Simplicity deferred
Replies: 26
Views: 554

Re: Simplicity deferred

It all evolves around the concept of misplaced priorities. Where complexity is needed, it's absent. When it's best kept simple, the mind tricks it to be complex. This in return makes our journey in Tea Appreciation a very tiring one and often misunderstood to be unachievable to those without deep p...
by Baisao
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Simplicity deferred
Replies: 26
Views: 554

Re: Simplicity deferred

OCTO wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:39 am
... increasingly paranoid over making simple things complex and making simple things complex.
What's does this mean?
by Baisao
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Simplicity deferred
Replies: 26
Views: 554

Re: Simplicity deferred

Playfulness aside, I mean “mastery” as defined in 2a, which isn’t an end point but suggests the achievement of exceptional skill.

I’m allergic to 1a and 2b. I’m also allergic to hemp clothes and patchouli.
by Baisao
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 97
Views: 3041

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

I mean it kind of makes sense, they are a brand that you can get in any department store and train stations, it’s like the equivalent of Twinning tea ;) I wouldn’t expect out of this world singular teas. I once praised an absinthe for being as finely blended as Coca Cola. Wasn’t an insult by any me...
by Baisao
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 97
Views: 3041

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

Victoria wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:45 am
I hope one day you can experience a ‘superior select’ blend that you can say ‘ah now this is heaven and art ’ 🍃
Who?
by Baisao
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 97
Views: 3041

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

Bok that’s a pretty funny analogy your friend made. No poodles here. Ippodo does blend, and year after year their Tokusen Gyokuro is consistently excellent and special. I have no beef with blending to arrive at certain sought after profiles, the opposite, it is an art form in itself. One if the ver...
by Baisao
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Simplicity deferred
Replies: 26
Views: 554

Re: Simplicity deferred

Please forgive me if I’ve misunderstood. I might replace “opposites” with “adaptability through mastery”. To elaborate on the example above, I see no reason why great tea cannot be made with a teapot with a slower than ideal pour. The knowledge required comes through having made tea thousands of ti...
by Baisao
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Herbal Tea
Topic: Brewing Yaupon gongfu style
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: Brewing Yaupon gongfu style

My understanding is that its taste is meh, like clumsily roasted leaves. However, this is based on one person’s opinion. They followed up by saying it was a novelty. So, again, I’ve passed up on trying it. How would you describe the flavor and aroma? Very interesting Baisao! Do you remember the lea...
by Baisao
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Simplicity deferred
Replies: 26
Views: 554

Re: Simplicity deferred

Added: Essence, opposites, intuition, humility and respect. Removed: Neti pot. Please forgive me if I’ve misunderstood. I might replace “opposites” with “adaptability through mastery”. To elaborate on the example above, I see no reason why great tea cannot be made with a teapot with a slower than i...