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by Victoria
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Cleaning: Awakening & Resetting Unglazed Ceramics / Yixing
Replies: 55
Views: 7230

Re: Cleaning: Awakening & Resetting Unglazed Ceramics / Yixing

That's the teapot: https://facebook.com/groups/1429378320690167?view=permalink&id=2199911306970194 The tea was Oolong (Da Hong Pao) for about $13/100g. It's from organic agriculture (I hope that's the right word for it). I boiled the teapot in filtered water before with no change to the water at al...
by Victoria
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Cleaning: Awakening & Resetting Unglazed Ceramics / Yixing
Replies: 55
Views: 7230

Re: Cleaning: Awakening & Resetting Unglazed Ceramics / Yixing

What I find weird is that the tea was then very dark and the smell was odd to say the least. Hopefully, the tea brewed in this pot won't taste like this. :lol: Is this normal, or have I done anything wrong? Yes, that is strange. What kind of teapot is it? Did you simmer in filtered water a few time...
by Victoria
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Grad student questions on tea practices in personal life and business!
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Grad student questions on tea practices in personal life and business!

The survey is pretty nice, I enjoyed answering your questions. When I was doing it I didn’t realize the business question was not about a tea related business.
by Victoria
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 663
Views: 93505

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

I may have to try this. I am so glad there is a resource available with people much more knowledgeable than myself. I would NEVER think to buy a Sencha from Amazon, with the brand name SmileTea. Right, neither would I have. I meet the Japanese representative and then the owner at the LA Tea Festiva...
by Victoria
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Chemistry of Japanese Green Tea: Flavor & Temperature Variations
Replies: 7
Views: 122

Re: Chemistry of Japanese Green Tea: Flavor & Temperature Variations

In addition to water temperature affecting the flavor profile of Japanese green teas, water type, and vessel used to steep in are also important factors. As an example, I’ve been tweaking O-cha’s Kabusecha for the past few days; first try was too light, so I increased temperature, slightly better bu...
by Victoria
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 663
Views: 93505

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

faj wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:42 pm
Victoria wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:34 pm
I don’t think there is a smile tea.co web site though.
This website really exists, with their teas apparently available for sale.
https://smiletea.co/collections/all
Ah okay, yes that must be a new western facing web site.
by Victoria
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 663
Views: 93505

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

faj wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:23 pm
Thanks a lot for the information.
Just to make sure, "smiletea.co" is a genuine source too? It seems to be the only option I would have for shipment to my location.
Smile Tea is just their new western facing marketing name, lol, on Amazon. I don’t think there is a smile tea.co web site though.
by Victoria
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 663
Views: 93505

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Just finished one of several enjoyable sessions I’ve had over the last couple of weeks with the organic kabusecha from Birouen. Out of curiosity, did you order this tea from smiletea.co? There is also a web page I find that leads to Amazon but does not ship to Canada. Yes that’s it, unfortunately t...
by Victoria
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 663
Views: 93505

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Just finished one of several enjoyable sessions I’ve had over the last couple of weeks with the organic kabusecha from Birouen. This time I used a Kobiwako kyusu, but I have had good results with other pots. I tried this at the recommendation of Victoria, and I must say it is one of the best organi...
by Victoria
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 242
Views: 33196

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

I was planning tap vs filtered vs Crystal Geyser and maybe one other bottled source to start, probably with sencha, and porcelain gaiwans to minimize variation. I can put together 4 kettles at once for simultaneous testing, so that's as many waters as I can compare at one time. For comparison I can...
by Victoria
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 242
Views: 33196

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

Planning a water-tasting session this weekend, I realized I need to gather as many teapots as waters to try....so that I can ensure my infusion parameters for the green tea I select are as similar as possible, same temps means multiple variable temp kettles. I've already got a set of matching gaiwa...
by Victoria
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 52
Views: 1381

Re: Corona virus update

Just an update on the china situation. Recently China has begun to relax on isolation restrictions. A few days ago the kaui di, delivery services, resumed work. Videos of highways being unblocked are going around social media. That being said many businesses are still being forced to stay closed. T...
by Victoria
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: Y. Hiromi Woodfired kyusu
Replies: 8
Views: 260

Re: Y. Hiromi Woodfired kyusu

Really nice form and mayake youhen effect 🍃
by Victoria
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Porcelain Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 11507

Re: Looking for a pot with specific criteria

Looking for a pot with specific criteria: Im looking for a pot that holds 300-350ML Glazed on the inside at least. Porcelain would be optimal. Must have built in multihole filter. Not stainless. Any suggestions? In terms of specifics would you prefer Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, and which color ra...
by Victoria
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 242
Views: 33196

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

Which teas do you think are the best to test on? In the past I was always running my tests on greens but I currently don't have any around. I might have green oolongs though, assuming they are still okay after sitting on the shelf for several years. If you can start with a tea that you know, as a b...