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by Tor
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Pu-er Drinker Wannabe
Replies: 30
Views: 756

Re: Pu-er Drinker Wannabe

On a different track, with Japanese greens I sometimes get notes of seaweed and sea air and have wondered if that’s coming from soil possibly fertilized using plant and fish from the ocean. Maybe not, but wonder how that aroma and flavor is occurring. “Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) is a compound with chem...
by Tor
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3839

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

My teapot from Mud and Leaves has arrived! I also have their DCQ teapot. In my limited experience, their DCQ is quite decent. Looks like high-fired. Not very noticeable muting. Very little mineral effect. Fairly balanced taste-wise. No weird mouthfeel from the first brew. Overall, a good functional...
by Tor
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3839

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

@Bok , @Youzi Ah! I see. Thank you very much.
by Tor
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3839

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

...and know that no reduction firing was going on... I’ve been wondering why Yixing potters never fire their teapots with oxygen reduced. Japanese Tokoname potters seem to even prefer the black reduction fired teapots to the red oxidation fired ones. I heard that some Yixing potters have done it. I...
by Tor
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hojo Response Delay
Replies: 19
Views: 635

Re: Hojo Response Delay

He just posted something on Facebook 6 hours ago. If you have an account you might wanna try sending him a message.

https://www.facebook.com/13015085366453 ... 62?sfns=mo
by Tor
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?
Replies: 43
Views: 2013

Re: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?

TheEssenceofTea wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:28 pm
For me I think Yancha is really one of the most difficult teas to fully understand and appreciate. As each year goes by I feel that I've progressed a lot but also feel I'm just scratching the surface.
I totally agree. Yancha is so complex. How we brew it also affect the end result immensely.
by Tor
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?
Replies: 43
Views: 2013

Re: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?

TheEssenceofTea wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:00 pm
.. We felt the quality of the tea from the Huang family (RuiQuan) was getting worse as time went on...
Do you mean the quality of the raw materials or the processing?
by Tor
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Deep shiboridashi as general-use teapot?
Replies: 35
Views: 776

Re: Deep shiboridashi as general-use teapot?

faj wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:54 am

Are there people who actually squeeze the leaves, or has that fallen out of usage and remains mostly as a vestige in the name of the vessel?
I don’t know for sure, but I’d guess the latter. It may need some skills to squeeze without sacrifice the broth’s quality (if that is do-able).
by Tor
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Deep shiboridashi as general-use teapot?
Replies: 35
Views: 776

Re: Deep shiboridashi as general-use teapot?

You just squeeze the wet leaves, like using a pair of (handleless) kitchen tongs, between the body and its lid. I guess you can use it with any kind of tea, but they aim for gyokuro because we normally use a lot of leaf with very little water, so the decanted tea broth is very little without squeezi...
by Tor
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Deep shiboridashi as general-use teapot?
Replies: 35
Views: 776

Re: Deep shiboridashi as general-use teapot?

"Filterless hohin" conveys the right meaning, I agree. It depends if one's definition of "shiboridashi" is based on flat shape or absence of filter. I used "shiboridashi" (adding "deep") as this is what Hojo calls it. I have seen pictures of teapots that had a "shoboridashi" shape but had a filter ...
by Tor
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki
Replies: 46
Views: 1411

Re: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki

Boil the teapot in clean water for 2-3 hours, change the water, repeat 3-4 rounds or more. When I first got it a few years ago, it made very bold tea like you said. It was like using double or tripple amount of leaves. At one point there was also strong cheese smell, probably mozzarella. Ha ha ha :m...
by Tor
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Kettles
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 60
Views: 6978

Re: Electric Kettles

Contrary to some people’s belief, oxygen solubility in water is zero when the temperature is even below 80C. Reboiling may do something to the water, but that has nothing to do with oxygen. https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Oxygen-solubility-in-water-at-normal-pressure-Most-aerobic-digesters-are-o...
by Tor
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: KingTeaMall
Replies: 39
Views: 2312

Re: KingTeaMall

pedant wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:30 am

btw, i kind of remember reading about a way to artificially make the 'muscle marks'. if anyone knows about that, can you explain?
;)

by Tor
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Heat porcelain teapot on a candle stove?
Replies: 13
Views: 810

Re: Heat porcelain teapot on a candle stove?

You might want to consider a borosilicate glass tea pot. There’re many of them from China. You can also see the color of the broth and decide if it’s ready, or if you need to adjust the heat, etc.

Edited: Oh! I just saw you said you didn’t want to use glass...
by Tor
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 706
Views: 102507

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

.. Need to know , that before "puerh fever" , the puerh boom ( 2007 ) , tea farmers weren't interested in harvesting big trees , let alone separate them into the bags , because the price per kilo was same as small arbor trees with bush tea and much harder to pluck the tea leafs. If there was any bi...