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by Rickpatbrown
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1156
Views: 146350

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Opened my second to last pouch of last spring's Hehuan Shan (2018). I probably need to finish these off before I risk losing them. I've enjoyed this tea. It's quiet and subtle, but very appealing.

It will have to rest for a few days to open up, but I really love the look of a full tea tin 😁
by Rickpatbrown
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 768
Views: 111855

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

2003 CNNP Yi Wu Xheng Shan Raw from YS. One of the better samples I've received from Yunnan Sourcing. I think I'm going to get a full cake or two of this, especially at the $120 price point. Pretty smooth, with just enough astringency and bitterness to give it a good kick. Not much smokiness, but th...
by Rickpatbrown
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Time between steeps?
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Re: Time between steeps?

Yes. I agree. The more that I get comfortable brewing, the less reliant I am on measuring things. Of course, this was NOT the case when I was new to tea. I had no idea what the right time and amounts were, so I had to measure them. I guess you could learn to brew without the use of these aids. It mi...
by Rickpatbrown
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Time between steeps?
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Time between steeps?

I'm curious how most people manage time between steeps. I like to let them cool slightly, to avoid stewing the leaves. But, I also want to keep heat in them so that the next infusion isnt too cool. If I'm focused on the tea, I will brew in pretty quick succession. I would estimate 1-2 minutes betwee...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 768
Views: 111855

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

aet wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:21 am

500g cake sold as 2002 and 2005 year. price below 100CNY in Kunming. hope didn't ruin the "special" moment ;-) more than likely tai di cha ,
Lol. Yes. That kills my special moment 🤣
Thanks for all the info. This is really helpful. I'll be sure to drink this one up before it goes off.
by Rickpatbrown
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: PuLogger - Cheap DIY monitoring and control for pumidors.
Replies: 16
Views: 3775

Re: PuLogger - Cheap DIY monitoring and control for pumidors.

This is so bad ass. One day, I hope to find some time to learn basic coding. I would definitely set this up. Thank for sharing, Atlas!!!
by Rickpatbrown
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where Do You Go For High Quality?
Replies: 35
Views: 3103

Re: Where Do You Go For High Quality?

For example, I focus on Taiwanese high mountain oolong. Even with such a narrow focus, there are books and books written on the subject. Rickpatbrown I am unaware of any books (in English) that have been written on this topic and I desperately would like to find some. Do you have suggestions? Title...
by Rickpatbrown
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where Do You Go For High Quality?
Replies: 35
Views: 3103

Re: Where Do You Go For High Quality?

When I started, I had to randomly pick sample size amounts from large retailers that offer many types. Usually, these retailers have lower quality, but it's easier to get a survey of many different teas. After trying many, I found it easiest to focus on 1 or 2 specific tea areas and read and drink a...
by Rickpatbrown
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 768
Views: 111855

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

A friend gave me this cake. It doesnt have a date anywhere that I see, but my guess is 8-10 years old. It still has some of its wild youth character left, but is definitely starting to age. I'm looking forward to see how it mellows and developed over time. I think it has some good promise. All I kno...
by Rickpatbrown
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 211
Views: 30081

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

So what water are you now using for your tea, tap?... I've been doing a 50/50 mix with Mt. Valley Spring water and either Poland or filtered tap to cut the high TDS of the MV water. I do think Walgreens Nice! Icelandic Glacier water was the best, but it's really expensive. When you come back to Mar...
by Rickpatbrown
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 211
Views: 30081

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

I've recently noticed that my Poland Springs water has a sweet, floral smell. Maybe it's soap from washing the bottles in the factory? Worse could be some sort of industrial chemical contamination. I think I'm going to stop using Poland at this point. I don't like contributing to the plastic problem...
by Rickpatbrown
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tea when you travel
Replies: 21
Views: 2457

Re: tea when you travel

Here's an even smaller kettle

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by Rickpatbrown
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tea when you travel
Replies: 21
Views: 2457

Re: tea when you travel

I've used an immersion heater, but that required traveling with a glass or ceramic mug, or a glass pitcher, and it was really no smaller/lighter than bringing this cheap, light and sturdy kettle. It has little to recommend it aside from those qualities, but they are useful on long flights. You figu...
by Rickpatbrown
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tea when you travel
Replies: 21
Views: 2457

Re: tea when you travel

Has anyone ever tried using an immersion heater? This just occured to me to be the ultimate in portability. Also looks like a good way to start a fire :lol:

Amazon Link
by Rickpatbrown
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Vacuum Sealers?
Replies: 49
Views: 7266

Re: Vacuum sealers?

Every bit of the packaging that I do use is compostable (pouches, cartons, fillers, tape etc.) I appreciate this greatly! It is tough to have to choose between sustainability and better tea. I have noticed that some retailers use a lighter weight silver lined plastic that is compatible with my food...