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by hopeofdawn
Sat Dec 26, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: What are some indicators of a good teapot?
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Re: What are some indicators of a good teapot?

This is very true--I forgot to clarify there. I'd be more worried about modern pots with adulterated clay, and antique pots with non-food-safe glazes.
by hopeofdawn
Sat Dec 26, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: White Tea
Topic: Aged White Tea
Replies: 34
Views: 6593

Re: Aged White Tea

I love stem/twig teas - this one sounds really interesting. do you find you need to use a lot more volume for brewing though? For White Antlers, I did not--in my experience there's something about stem tea that gives a lot of flavor without needing a lot of volume. And it gives a *lot* of brews. As...
by hopeofdawn
Sat Dec 26, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: What are some indicators of a good teapot?
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Re: What are some indicators of a good teapot?

Personal criteria for a good teapot (note that this is not limited to yixing), from most important to least: #1. Safety. If I suspect it has adulterated glazes or clay, then it's automatically a bad pot. Thankfully less of an issue these days for most countries with proper food safety regulations, b...
by hopeofdawn
Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture
Replies: 22
Views: 1712

Re: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture

There's an English tea place in a nearby town that I enjoy going to every once in a while--they serve a wide menu of flavored teas (rose, jasmine, strawberry, etc, etc.) along with a few unflavored standard blacks, greens, white, etc. Nothing exceptional as far as the tea is concerned, but then that...
by hopeofdawn
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Looking for new tea tray recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1444

Re: Looking for new tea tray recommendations

Yinchen has a very lovely duanni and copper one that I've been eyeing for a while, even though I can't really justify a second tea tray at the moment: https://yinchenstudio.com/collections/a ... e-tea-boat
by hopeofdawn
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Teaware B&W Appreciation
Replies: 161
Views: 18479

Re: Teaware B&W Appreciation

Amazing photo--I love the textures!
by hopeofdawn
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: NY Times article about beautiful tea
Replies: 52
Views: 5405

Re: NY Times article about beautiful tea

I read both articles and had much the same reaction as many members here, rolling my eyes at the pretentiousness of the names, the 'ritual', and so on, at least as depicted by the New York Times journalist. I came away thinking that these 'tea gurus' were certainly full of themselves ... And then I ...
by hopeofdawn
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Daily Tea Routines
Replies: 15
Views: 1806

Re: Daily Tea Routines

I've been working from home since March, which has changed up my tea routine, as I now have all my tea and teaware at my disposal instead of just what I've stashed away at the office. (and in fact had to go in and retrieve my stash after it became clear after a couple months we weren't going back an...
by hopeofdawn
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Teaware B&W Appreciation
Replies: 161
Views: 18479

Re: Teaware B&W Appreciation

OCTO wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:24 pm
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Lovely symmetry!
by hopeofdawn
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Teaware B&W Appreciation
Replies: 161
Views: 18479

Re: Teaware B&W Appreciation

Lovely shot, Debunix! I really like the contrast on that one.
by hopeofdawn
Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Bok
Replies: 119
Views: 10493

Re: Bok

Lovely work--I continue to be amazed at how you can restore these pots back to beautiful (and functional!) life
by hopeofdawn
Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3636
Views: 403901

Re: Yixing

So a while back, I mentioned I was looking for interesting, well-made modern yixing that were a little different from the usual standard shapes (shui ping, xishi, shipiao). A few folks kindly recommended Yinchen, among other places, and after stalking them on Instagram for a while, I finally saw a p...
by hopeofdawn
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing Clay Processing: Traditional vs Modern
Replies: 3
Views: 617

Re: Yixing Clay Processing: Traditional vs Modern

This is a very useful reference--thank you so much for writing it!
by hopeofdawn
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?
Replies: 49
Views: 6156

Re: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?

Wow. 'un-American'? 'Illiberal'? WTF?

And great replies, Victoria--you were a lot nicer than I would have been in that situation.
by hopeofdawn
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3636
Views: 403901

Re: Yixing

Yesterday's tea session--modern zhuni pot from mudandleaves paired with Korean pitcher and Petr Novak cup. Very nice combo with honey orchid dan cong, courtesy of Qi Fine Teas (Portland).