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by teatray
Wed Jan 19, 2022 4:37 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Where do you buy your gaiwans?
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Where do you buy your gaiwans?

I've been using all my free time scouring the net for about three days now, looking for a simple plain white porcelain 120ml gaiwan <= $20USD that ships from the U.S., and I think I've found it, but man - what a chore! A thing I found extra confusing is that vendors measure volume differently. My f...
by teatray
Tue Jan 18, 2022 2:53 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Bok
Replies: 171
Views: 32679

Re: Bok

Looks much better than the original repair, and I think better than what the pot might have looked like unbroken, great job! I always thought gold was mixed in with whatever holds the pieces together, but your pics inspired me to watch an instructional video to better understand what's going on. Now...
by teatray
Sat Jan 15, 2022 5:04 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Hon Yama greens
Replies: 24
Views: 5301

Re: Hon Yama greens

Further exploring TdJ's ultra-short steamed, lightly fired Tōbettō after my first session . 8g, 120ml 63°C, 1m20s steep. This time I warmed the teapot more carefully. It takes time for the water to cool down to 63°C in a samashi, so if you empty your teapot of warming water and put in leaves too ear...
by teatray
Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:15 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 1290
Views: 355217

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

I’ve made Tobetto a lot. I feel that 60° is spot on. It’s a very nice tea but unforgiving of hotter temperatures except in later steeps. You should be able to get 6 steepings from it, so you do get your money’s worth. Indeed, #5 and #6 (86°C for 2 mins) were both very enjoyable, even though the pot...
by teatray
Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 1290
Views: 355217

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Tôbettô from Thés du Japon, a hand-picked sencha from Hon-yama, steamed for only 6 seconds. Unusual, good, complex, bitter, umami, then flowery flavors emerge out of nowhere, sweet aftertaste. Can't quite rate yet (and not enough reference points with this type of tea anyway, my experience is mainly...
by teatray
Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:14 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: European Union EU private imports / good local vendors after summer 2021
Replies: 11
Views: 637

Re: European Union EU private imports / good local vendors after summer 2021

For all EU people considering importing stuff from Japan but wary of unknown costs / paperwork / timewasters, I have a very good experience to report. Sazen Tea offer a DHL DDP (Delivered & Duty Paid) option. So far, this is the only Japanese tea store I have seen offering this or anything similar (...
by teatray
Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:02 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: My new matcha bowl
Replies: 0
Views: 94

My new matcha bowl

Just got this bowl by Kazuhiro Katase / 片瀬和宏 (available from TdJ ). Was looking for a pink chawan with crackle and this one seemed perfect. Not particularly pink in real life, it turns out, but I'm taken by the underside, which is prettier than photos suggest: complex cracks and a nice yellow that d...
by teatray
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:28 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 1290
Views: 355217

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Opened this beautiful genmaicha from Thés du Japon (Yabukita cultivar: spring 2021 / rice: autumn 2021). Been a while since I had some. Internets say genmaicha shouldn't be a great resteeper but this one made 4 tasty ones.
by teatray
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:01 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 260
Views: 87047

Re: Your day in matcha

Thanks. Your arrangements are truly inspirational & what made me look for a little vase to add that beautiful seasonal touch right on the tea tray!
by teatray
Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 2131
Views: 523747

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

LeoFox wrote:
Tue Jan 11, 2022 3:43 pm
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Love the pot, love the shot!
by teatray
Tue Jan 11, 2022 9:04 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 260
Views: 87047

Re: Your day in matcha

Amazing matcha from Maiko Tea, their "Koetsu". Absolute delight, what a mood-lifter! Also using their spouted matcha bowl & chasen with three rows of prongs (its handle cracked overnight in my dry environment, but oh well). This was my first purchase from them. Don't think I've ever had matcha that ...
by teatray
Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:36 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1914
Views: 473990

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

IMG_0795 (2).jpg 2005 Hónghéyuán (shēng) by Nánzhào Tea Factory from YS . Second session with this tea. Still at the very beginning of my "dark journey" (mwahahaha). Tried 6 shú, 5 shēng pǔ'ěr (1999-2019), and one other hēi chá (tiān jiān) so far, and I like this one best. Apparently a pretty modes...
by teatray
Thu Dec 30, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What HeiCha are you drinking
Replies: 417
Views: 87936

Re: What HeiCha are you drinking

2018 Cha Yu Lin "Liu Bu Xi Village" Tian Jian Basket Tea from Yunnan Sourcing This is, I think, my first non-pu'er heicha. I'm also pretty much a complete newb to pu'ers, just starting to explore them for real, with an order full of samples from YS. I love smoky tea and this one is satisfyingly smok...
by teatray
Thu Dec 30, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Where do you buy your gaiwans?
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Where do you buy your gaiwans?

Thanks, these look beautiful! At over $200, truly fancy shmancy, too, yet the shape is humble, as is the tool's essence. I guess this is about the top artisanal grade to consider (excl. art/antiques)? Still worth considering, I think, especially if the gaiwan is your preferred method and the main wa...
by teatray
Thu Dec 30, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Where do you buy your gaiwans?
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Where do you buy your gaiwans?

Been using my 100ml gaiwan more and more lately, so I'm thinking of adding a larger one (~150-200+ml) for when I have guests or want bigger cups. The one I have is a plain white for $12 from 8 years ago. Now I want something fancier. What are your favorite places to browse for high-quality handmade ...