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by There is no self
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Turkish Style Brewing
Replies: 7
Views: 734

Re: Turkish Style Brewing

As far as I know it's done so every guest can choose how strong they want their tea. Not much point in doing it if you're drinking alone - unless, as you said, you oversteep and need to dilute the tea a bit. I don't know if it's done at restaurants as well, though if everyone at the table is having...
by There is no self
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Turkish Style Brewing
Replies: 7
Views: 734

Re: Turkish Style Brewing

As far as I know it's done so every guest can choose how strong they want their tea. Not much point in doing it if you're drinking alone - unless, as you said, you oversteep and need to dilute the tea a bit. I don't know if it's done at restaurants as well, though if everyone at the table is having ...
by There is no self
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Gaiwan
Replies: 32
Views: 4498

Re: Gaiwan

I recently saw a video that suggests that gaiwans are made only from porcelain but I know that isn't true because I've seen clay gaiwans for sale. I'm wondering if there are unglazed gaiwans, like teapots. I don't remember seeing an unglazed gaiwan. Gaiwans definitely can be unglazed. Case in point...
by There is no self
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1059
Views: 157363

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

First snow of the season today, just enough to cover the roofs and to put me in the mood for something warm and hearty. I dug up some leftover shu and made Mongolian milky tea with salt, milk, and butter - cow milk and butter, since there aren't many yaks around here. It was so good, salty and cream...
by There is no self
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fancy tea tables/tray
Replies: 5
Views: 978

Re: Fancy tea tables/tray

I also found this one. Nice and simple, but I was really hoping to find one that has a reservoir that can be removed rather than an active spout. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tea-tray-Ebony-carved-ruyi-cloud-natural-solid-wood-log-tea-saucer-teaboard/143160208530?var=442103691501&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&has...
by There is no self
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fancy tea tables/tray
Replies: 5
Views: 978

Re: Fancy tea tables/tray

I'm not too fond of the heavily decorated wooden trays, so if that's what you're looking for I can't help you. However, I do have a soft spot for Mirka Randova's trays, like the ones debunix has (third and fourth in the post): https://www.teaforum.org/viewtopic.php?p=4562#p4562 . She's an amazing ar...
by There is no self
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 58
Views: 4046

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

I’m not taking the piss, if I’d wanted to go into these spheres I fail to see why tea should be more adequate than any other drink to achieve that. I imagine being (very) mildly psychoactive gives tea an advantage in this regard. We treat stuff like caffeine and theanine (and whatever chemicals are...
by There is no self
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Pu-er Drinker Wannabe
Replies: 30
Views: 2775

Re: Pu-er Drinker Wannabe

The one time people described pu'erh as fishy to me they actually meant stale. It wasn't even that, though, rather it was a 10 year old shu with a very strong storage smell. Combined with the earthy notes and a bit of fermentation smell, it gave off the impression that the tea had gone bad. The peop...
by There is no self
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Past Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 125
Views: 21697

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

Followed Victoria's advice and went with 6g and 42-50°C. I used Acqua San Bernardo, which, whilst not perfect, was definitely an improvement. Still a lot of umami but not as overwhelming as before. More grassy notes and definitely something sweeter, especially in the last infusion.
by There is no self
Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Past Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 125
Views: 21697

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

The precioussss is finally here! It has breathed fresh air and will be ready in less than 15 hours. Feels like I'm really late to the party. I have avoided reading your notes so far so I wouldn't be influenced. Can't wait to catch up! Wow that’s a crazy long wait, one month, sounds like it sat in c...
by There is no self
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Past Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 125
Views: 21697

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

The precioussss is finally here! It has breathed fresh air and will be ready in less than 15 hours.
Feels like I'm really late to the party. I have avoided reading your notes so far so I wouldn't be influenced during the tasting. Can't wait to catch up!
by There is no self
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Black Friday 2019 deals?
Replies: 38
Views: 3933

Re: Black Friday 2019 deals?

Amongst US and US-based companies that I know of only Yunnan Sourcing did Black Friday deals, but they decided to stop - too much stress for them and their employees. They're doing a variety of smaller "early bird" sales though. If you're looking for sales in general, Seven Cups have something on sa...
by There is no self
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Past Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 125
Views: 21697

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

Super fast shipping for almost everyone! Well except Torino, Italy where There is no self is. Hope you get your’s soon :) . USPS recently surprised me by delivering in barely two weeks, so hopefully it won't be too long. :mrgreen: Meanwhile have fun tasting, everyone! There is no self, Did you get ...
by There is no self
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 203
Views: 14327

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

About forums being echo chambers: it's true that taking the advice of random users on a forum is as risky as taking the advice of a seller. The advantage here is you can take some time to read other people's posts and see for yourself whether they're knowledgeable or not. I'm afraid I can't offer yo...
by There is no self
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Past Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 125
Views: 21697

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

Victoria wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:54 pm
Super fast shipping for almost everyone! Well except Torino, Italy where There is no self is. Hope you get your’s soon :) .
USPS recently surprised me by delivering in barely two weeks, so hopefully it won't be too long. :mrgreen:
Meanwhile have fun tasting, everyone!