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by Rickpatbrown
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1586
Views: 271227

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Enjoying some 1990's Qing Bing from Essence of Tea. Very different than most of the sheng that I've had so far. I can really see the similarity between this style aging and shou now. Super smooth, thick and comforting. Is this what they mean by "some Hong Kong storage"? Lots of incense flavors. I do...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Freezing during shipping? Is it bad
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Freezing during shipping? Is it bad

Bok wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:37 pm
Isn’t it more likely to experience freezing on an airplane?
Cargo holds are pressurized and heated. Not to comfortable ranges, but to prevent damage to cargo.
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:37 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Freezing during shipping? Is it bad
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Freezing during shipping? Is it bad

I live in Canada and I've been doing lots of Puerh orders from China over the years. I even get mail dropped in a somewhat inaccessible post box that means it sits in -33C for a few days before I manage to retrieve it. So I've had my fair share of 'frozen' sheng. Terrible postal delays as well rece...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Freezing during shipping? Is it bad
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Freezing during shipping? Is it bad

why not get DHL from germany though? Because of limited airline flights (people not flying) DHL isn't offering air for "non premium" shipping. I was quoted at 37 € for about 200g of samples and an extra 16€ for the premium. Its really a lot of money considering O get packages from Taiwan and China ...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Freezing during shipping? Is it bad
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Freezing during shipping? Is it bad

I was thinking about the trip that tea takes from Asia to the west. Especially with COVID changing flight behavior, a lot of places are switching to boats. I am about to order some from a shop in Germany, and was wondering I'd the tea would experience freezing as it crosses the Atlantic to the US. D...
by Rickpatbrown
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1608
Views: 305320

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

If it is wrong to fill up my mug this much ... I dont want to be right.

Have to be careful on the first steep not to go too long, or it gets bitter. But after that, it can go 30 minutes and be thick and sweet and delicious.

2020 spring Alishan
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by Rickpatbrown
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 365
Views: 76587

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

I also noticed that my CaCO3 concentrate is often cloudy, even at only half a gram per 900ml. No idea why this would be, as MgCO3 concentrate is totally clear, but less useful. https://teasecrets.home.blog/2021/01/02/water-recipe-2-2-3-heavy/ Were you using MgCO3 or MgSO4? The former should be almo...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 365
Views: 76587

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

Thanks for sharing that side by side experiment Rickpatbrown, definitely interesting. My filtered tap water here has high TDS, +-180, but is still very good with DongDing and most other teas, so specific factors like alkalinity, calcium etc must be equally important. Yes. Things are definitely more...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 365
Views: 76587

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

After all that work ... a proper session is needed. Mixed all the remaining water and pulled out a thick 100mL stone pot. Jammed it with 8g :D
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by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 365
Views: 76587

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

I guess I should start contributing a little more: 2018 Dong Ding competition 2 flowers I've drank close to a kilogram of this tea in the past 2 years. Generally, I find it to be ok. Kind of watery, but pleasant. I tested 3 waters #1) [0] Distilled water #2) [low] #3) [high] #2 was made with 1.5L of...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 365
Views: 76587

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

I've been using some spring water I collect from a roadside spring in southern Pa. It's relatively pure with a TDS of 20ppm. I have some concerns about bacteria contamination and it's a PITA to collect it, so I'm switching to distilled water. Distilled from Target is $0.65/gallon. The only thing is ...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 365
Views: 76587

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

Here is an example from Sweet Maria's coffee website
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by Rickpatbrown
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 365
Views: 76587

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

New post on a new water recipe collaboration with Empirical Tea, complete with tasting notes and ratings. Planning on doing this kind of thing weekly. Let me know what you think of it! https://teasecrets.home.blog/2020/12/30/water-recipe-1-truth-serum-1-0/ Here is Arby's post on the water recipe al...
by Rickpatbrown
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Five Minute Brew...
Replies: 6
Views: 538

Re: Five Minute Brew...

I find myself grandpa'ing a lot more teas these days, especially gaoshan. Gong fu is such a hassle. I noticed that I really enjoy grandpa. It brings out things in the tea that I never get with GF. There is definitely more bitterness. You have to be careful with how much leaf you add. When I go hikin...
by Rickpatbrown
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1608
Views: 305320

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Enjoying some Alishan at the vista! Put a spoonful in my thermos in the morning with 1L boiling water water. 6 hours later, it brought out some interesting flavors. There was a fragrant herbal flavor like clove or anise or something I couldn't place. I wonder if it came from the stems. Very nice way...