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by Chip
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: FS: Yamada Emu Woodfired Kyusu
Replies: 16
Views: 756

Re: FS: Yamada Emu Woodfired Kyusu

Even though I go lidless, the lid is always present, and I would be bummed if it somehow got broken.
by Chip
Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: FS: Yamada Emu Woodfired Kyusu
Replies: 16
Views: 756

Re: FS: Yamada Emu Woodfired Kyusu

Hmm, I should look at my Bizen houhin.
by Chip
Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: FS: Yamada Emu Woodfired Kyusu
Replies: 16
Views: 756

Re: FS: Yamada Emu Woodfired Kyusu

Really nice Emu! I hope someone buys it quickly ... before I do! I actually like taller kyusu and this has a nice wide opening. Often taller kyusu have rather small openings. But I do tend do reach for more squatty shapes much more often. So, you watch the leaves as you brew? I do too. The vast majo...
by Chip
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4925

Re: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?

Well said Chip. I, for one was outraged when the OTTI came down. We as members spent our own money to purchase teas, post comparative reviews, and broaden our knowledge and appreciation for tea. Add to this monumental task that you took on coordinating participants, acquiring product, packing count...
by Chip
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4925

Re: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?

Oh, be aware and beware of "terms of use." Nobody remembers seeing this on TeaChat, so I suspect it was added later. Terms of use such as on TeaChat and likely to be added to Steepster gives Adagio carte blanche to pretty much do anything they want to do on their forum(s) including ... wait for it ....
by Chip
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4925

Re: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?

I have decided to post this information here for the record. Although I have no plans to post this on Steepster, if someone wants to copy and quote me there, please feel free to do so! I have thought how to respond, and I have concluded this is the path I will take. Sadly for me, this brings the exp...
by Chip
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4925

Re: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?

Ok, here goes ... As a general rule, I rarely discuss in detail what occurred on TeaChat in 2017. Partly to not bore peeps but also so I do not have to relive it over and over. However, the Steepster topic has fundamental "facts" that are blatantly NOT TRUE. I therefore feel compelled to share here....
by Chip
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 418
Views: 89744

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Interesting. I have purchased 4 Ito Gafu kyusu over the last 4 years. They are all very Japanese in style ... no resemblance to Yixing. Each are very finely crafted. I'll likely continue collecting his work. I became interested in his work due to his indirect albeit connection to Yamada Jozan III. H...
by Chip
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 418
Views: 89744

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Student t, I purchased a Mokusen shudei kyusu and liked it so much that I purchased several more! Yes, because it is sculpted versus wheeled, the walls are thicker but not clunky thick. The direct wall filter has handled every sencha I have thrown at it. Something about this kyusu makes it very appr...
by Chip
Wed May 27, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 12730

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Victoria ... the Yame. The dry leaf is so aromatic that it is hard to believe this is just shincha. Reminds me of Asanoka dry. The selection is from www.hoshitea.com Brewed tea is very nice for a few steeps. But seems like perhaps I could brew it better. There has to be more flavor hiding behind th...
by Chip
Wed May 27, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 12730

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

... asamushi Shincha arrivals today. Insanely fast FedEx Express delivery.

Kirameki X2
Yumesuraga X2
Aoi X2
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Also an extra bag of Sae Midori and Yutaka Midori.
by Chip
Tue May 26, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 12730

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

If you time your Artistic Nippon order just right, Toru includes an awesome gift! Yame Shincha. Had his selection 2 years ago, and we really enjoyed it ... very Yame in character. Potent aroma that blew me away, rich brothy umami. Surprising Jo in the morning with this year's selection ... and some ...
by Chip
Fri May 22, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 12730

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Florent just posted an interesting article about Kagoshima tea. I also feel the same way as what he wrote here. “...They are essentially shaded fukamushi sencha with a rather strong roasting in general. Kagoshima does not highlight an old “tradition” or style, but produces tea according to market d...
by Chip
Thu May 21, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 12730

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Kettl Mebuki . Sae Midori cultivar. Ok, this has not been what I expected of a Sae Midori. Each sencha including shincha goes through a brief roasting as part of its final processing. Too little, and a sencha can be lackluster. Just right, and you will not notice it but the roast adds to the select...
by Chip
Thu May 21, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 12730

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

The tea has a lot of broken fragments and dust. It smelled great. Honestly, It was not very good. I have very little experience with green tea, so I dont know how it is "supposed" to taste, but this was super thick and almost salty. I will try using less tea and cooler water. Also, I will not prehe...