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by Baisao
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Tea-Masters
Replies: 25
Views: 3202

Re: Tea-Masters

Awesome, so no question of the quality or legitimacy ...but prices are higher with certain teas...but that might indicate better quality even between 2 exact teas based on storage etc..... Sounds legit I’ll grab a few samples. Thanks! I don’t think there’s any question about the authenticity of his...
by Baisao
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 47
Views: 859

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

That vendor (who seems like a decent guy) goes on about cha qi a lot, and in relation to that tea. Since I don't really "get" that it's hard for me to guess if he notices a lot of effect mostly because he expects to. I understand a lot of people don’t feel cha qi but to me it is as apparent as a sh...
by Baisao
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: Loose tea vs bagged tea and where bagged teas may go wrong
Replies: 12
Views: 1702

Re: Loose tea vs bagged tea and where bagged teas may go wrong

As for why teabag sellers are disinclined to use higher quality tea: 1) The product needs to be shelf stable potentially for years as boxes of teabags sit on grocery or warehouse shelves. Many higher quality teas will go off without proper storage. 2) While India-bush tea is cut and sorted some fine...
by Baisao
Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Help with long dan shaped teapot
Replies: 44
Views: 812

Re: Help with long dan shaped teapot

LeoFox that really sounds like this pot has some problems... I'm close to repurposing it as a soy sauce dispenser Careful, it might ruin your soy sauce :lol: ...the stain seemed to penetrate behind the glaze from the rim to body of the pot a bit... This doesn’t seem correct at all. Perhaps it wasn’...
by Baisao
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Help with long dan shaped teapot
Replies: 44
Views: 812

Re: Help with long dan shaped teapot

LeoFox , I reread the thread and recalled an experience I had with a Japanese kettle. The stoneware kettle is made by Takashi Ichikawa and produced water that robbed the tea of flavor until I had boiled about 30 liters of water in it. It then produced the most smooth and delicious water I have had....
by Baisao
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 47
Views: 859

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

+1 for aged or darker oolongs being more relaxing. However, it happens, all tea is relaxing for me to drink to a significant degree. Mostly, but not always. I've had aged Dancong for example, that kept me up all night and with vivid, restless dreams... Great point. Dancongs are odd to begin with. A...
by Baisao
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 47
Views: 859

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

I don’t believe most people who drink aged oolongs are disaffected puerh drinkers, as has I have read on the forum multiple times. Shou and aged oolong are very different things: they taste differently, feel differently, and are stored differently. My experience talking to people who prefer darker a...
by Baisao
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 47
Views: 859

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

This topic is really interesting. I have never tasted aged Oolong. I read that aged Oolong has much lesser caffeine that other teas. My body cannot tolerate drinking teas for prolonged period. Caffeine has a long half life and there will still be plenty in aged oolong. However, the body load is rel...
by Baisao
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 47
Views: 859

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

30+ year old tea doesn’t like to open fully even with very hot water. It is difficult to resist decades of being compressed. Maybe this can be faked but also the way ball tea was rolled changes over the decades. Experienced consumers can tell. I suspect a lot of tea wasn’t thrown out when the favore...
by Baisao
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Help with long dan shaped teapot
Replies: 44
Views: 812

Re: Help with long dan shaped teapot

I’ve never experienced porcelain changing the flavor or texture of teas. I have had difficulty making tea consistently in small porcelain teapots like the shorter one. I have attributed this to uneven heating rather than the glaze or porcelain material itself. Given more than a couple of opportuniti...
by Baisao
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 47
Views: 859

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

I do. I like that the straw can easily go to the bottom of the jar and flush out air mixed in the tea. I also use it for sencha in Mylar zipper bags. The sencha keeps noticeably longer this way when compared to not using it. Interesting. Do you use that systematically for all your teas, or only the...
by Baisao
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 47
Views: 859

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

I use a product intended for preserving wine called Private Preserve. It’s a bottle of compressed nitrogen (and C02, I think) with a long straw. I fill amber glass bottles with it and cap them. I tried oxysorbs but they get used up fast if you are in and out of bottles like I am. Interesting. Do yo...
by Baisao
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 47
Views: 859

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

I got interested in aging tea and seeking aged oolong after a da hong pao I had stored with a cloak of nitrogen for 12 years was tremendously improved. I’ve put away dongfang meiren in plastic caddies with a nitrogen cloak and it was delicious up to 7 years. You mention using nitrogen for storage. ...
by Baisao
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 47
Views: 859

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

although I don't know if or when Taiwan adopted this practice. I have seen two basic versions: heavy duty thick transparent plastic bags and a large version of what is used for standard retail vacuum packs. This aligns with what my other peeps in Taiwan say. I got a jin of multi-decade old dong din...
by Baisao
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 275
Views: 58264

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

Personally, I have come to like Mountain Valley 🏔 It's definitely thiiiiIccckk!! 💦 💦 💦 Great info and resources Victoria! I used to like thick water (250 TDS) but now prefer thinner waters (40-55 TDS) as they have more élan and don’t create the problem of tone on tone when drinking teas with a lot ...