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by Hmm
Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 39
Views: 1480

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

In terms of Eastern philosophies, I suppose you can find making tea, etc. spiritual, as Chan Buddhist used to say that you could find enlightenment from even the most mundane tasks such as sweeping the floor everyday. Moreover, ritual could also be used to find the "way" in different philosophies su...
by Hmm
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Disrespect your tea
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Disrespect your tea

If one wants to get a lot from a tea, then one must commit to it, own enough of it to experience it, not just b e exposed to it. Hmm. Would you say that someone who has lots of experience with brewing decent but mediocre tea compared to something maybe Bok was trying to brew, would generally make b...
by Hmm
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Teas best suited for grandpa style
Replies: 40
Views: 1325

Re: Teas best suited for grandpa style

Do people still do the initial "washing" of the leaves with grandpa style or is that step just completely gotten rid of? If so, how do they do it, if e.g. in a mug? If not, aren't they concern about dust, dirt, or pesticides, etc.? Rinsing is for washing the dust and soak up the leafs. The first ( ...
by Hmm
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Teas best suited for grandpa style
Replies: 40
Views: 1325

Re: Teas best suited for grandpa style

Do people still do the initial "washing" of the leaves with grandpa style or is that step just completely gotten rid of? If so, how do they do it, if e.g. in a mug? If not, aren't they concern about dust, dirt, or pesticides, etc.?
by Hmm
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: White Tea
Topic: Aged White Tea
Replies: 13
Views: 2222

Re: Aged white tea

This same pot is now the pride and joy of 66 year-old Mr C. M Wong, Secretary of Singapore's Chinese Chamber of Commerce and acting President of the China Society, who collects Yi-Hsing ware teapots and a wide variety of inkstones besides porcelain and jade. Yi-Hsing clay, from the Chinese province...
by Hmm
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Organic Tea
Replies: 20
Views: 1412

Re: Organic Tea

In this case what does organic mean? Does it mean simply not using any pesticides, or does it mean more of the US type definition, where you can use pesticides, but "organically" approved ones.
by Hmm
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Porcelain bowl ID
Replies: 2
Views: 522

Re: Porcelain bowl ID

Looks pretty new to me, based on the shininess of the glaze and whiteness of the porcelain. The blue has a purpleness to it too, usually pointing to late Qing/Republic but the base doesn't look correct for that period.

It does appear to be hand painted though.
by Hmm
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tariffs on tea - US
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: Tariffs on tea - US

Taiwanese teas shouldn't be affected, except for the fact that perhaps more people would be buying Taiwanese teas to avoid tariffs, raising demand. That said... Since Chinese teas are unique and only manufactured in China, with little or no comparable substitutes, there's actually a good chance that...
by Hmm
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 211
Views: 29951

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

Today, I steeped HY Chen’s high roast 100 year garden DingDing and it tasted like a badly roasted weak coffee. At first I wondered if I had stored the open 30gr pack too near my heating vent, but then I switched my filtered tap water with Nice! Iceland Spring bottled water and voila great roasted D...
by Hmm
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 211
Views: 29951

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

Reminiscence: many aeons ago I read on a forgotten page that boiling water more than once is bad for the tea. Any thoughts on this? Vigorously boiling water reduces dissolved gasses in water, continuing to vigorously boil the water or immediately reboiling the water will change the “taste”* of that...
by Hmm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 211
Views: 29951

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

When you conducted the test did was the yixing you used high fired versus low fired, zhuni/hongni vs duan, etc.? Did you also try with boiled water to emulate more tea making? Perhaps with zhuni/high fired stuff, the TDS should remain somewhat the same versus other clay types. How did you conduct t...
by Hmm
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 211
Views: 29951

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

Just wondering for those who have TDS meters, or other ways of measuring water quality. When you pour water into an yixing without tea, boiled or cold, and then pour it back out into a glass vessel, is there a drastic change in the readings? No change whatsoever in TDS. Do yixings change the water ...
by Hmm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 211
Views: 29951

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

Just wondering for those who have TDS meters, or other ways of measuring water quality. When you pour water into an yixing without tea, boiled or cold, and then pour it back out into a glass vessel, is there a drastic change in the readings? Do yixings change the water quality, or really just affect...
by Hmm
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Longevity of Tea Leaves: Sustaining Multiple Steeps
Replies: 15
Views: 2784

Re: Longevity of Tea Leaves: Sustaining Multiple Steeps

Hi Victoria, I firmly believe that "number of steeps" is essentially an irrelevant figure that mostly is misused and exaggerated by tea vendors to entice customers to their teas. The number of steeps will vary not just by tea but by the individual doing the brewing. I. for example, rarely steep my ...
by Hmm
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Accelerated seasoning success
Replies: 49
Views: 6457

Re: Accelerated seasoning success

Does Chawangshop sell lead glazed wares? Not sure I've seen those on the site. This ones are pretty good candidates for leaching lead: https://www.chawangshop.com/tea-hardware/vintage-famille-rose-cup-butterflies-and-flowers-35ml.html Vintage, thick overglaze and also drawings on the inside. I have...