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by Bok
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pewter tea boat lead free?
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Pewter tea boat lead free?

Teaoxicated wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:50 pm
Thank you all for your input. Many vendors are selling the same items online. Or at least they look the same to me.
It’s because they all get them from Taobao ;)
by Bok
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Taiwanese Old Growth Tea Theft
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Taiwanese Old Growth Tea Theft

I thought it is illegal to harvest wild tea trees in general in Taiwan... ?
by Bok
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Western facing F1 vendors list
Replies: 29
Views: 437

Re: Western facing F1 vendors list

pedant wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:59 pm

interesting. i've never heard of these teaware collectors that don't drink tea. i think they're missing out!
They definitely do! But no wonder we don’t meet them, they don’t frequent tea forums :)
by Bok
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Western facing F1 vendors list
Replies: 29
Views: 437

Re: Western facing F1 vendors list

i think the collector population in the west is smaller, but do we value teaware less? i wonder. a given pot is going to be at least as expensive in the west as in the east, right? often considerably more? westerners' willingness to pay that premium suggests strong appreciation, no? I am not sure a...
by Bok
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Western facing F1 vendors list
Replies: 29
Views: 437

Re: Western facing F1 vendors list

Brent D wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:44 pm
I never start out with spending a mortgage payment. I work up to it.
That is a wise thing to do! Same for me. The critical thing to build up is knowledge. Only buy what you know and check with people who know more until you are confident to swim on your own. That avoids costly mistakes.
by Bok
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Inherited mystery puerh
Replies: 14
Views: 276

Re: Inherited mystery puerh

Very nice! Thanks for sharing this story. Do you plan to follow his foot steps and go to that store?
by Bok
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Western facing F1 vendors list
Replies: 29
Views: 437

Re: Western facing F1 vendors list

Pricing is definitely a hard thing to gauge but I don’t think that is a huge deciding factor for people. Most people just don’t want to spend $300+ on a single teapot which rules out most pre-77 stuff that isn’t damaged. Lack of ones own abilities to authenticate a 60-70’s pot also deters people fr...
by Bok
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Western facing F1 vendors list
Replies: 29
Views: 437

Re: Western facing F1 vendors list

While that is a fair answer, i feel it is an oversimplification. Knowledge of fair market value is the missing variable. It is difficult to justify spending a 4 digit number on something when you cant see a precedent of price. The easy way if one doesn't know is to simply ask the ones who do, if a ...
by Bok
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Western facing F1 vendors list
Replies: 29
Views: 437

Re: Western facing F1 vendors list

Brent D wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:31 pm
So in the end, what is that 120ml 60s shuiping worth? I still have no idea...
For myself, I decided the following: it is worth, what I am willing to pay without feeling bad about it.
by Bok
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 176
Views: 2673

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

Someone correct if I am wrong, but I think that later factory heini is actually achieved by additives to the clay, not reduction firing. Underlying base should be Zini. I would stay away from late F1 black (also green and blue) teapots. Thanks for the heads up! Good thing I asked before I bought it...
by Bok
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 176
Views: 2673

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

There's no Heini, any clay can be Heini, if reduction fired. The base clay defines what tea would be good for it. Cool. So, Heini can be anything then? That'll be more confusing then. I'm asking because I have my eyes on a pot from 2088Taiwan. Would you be able to distinguish the base clay used for...
by Bok
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Western facing F1 vendors list
Replies: 29
Views: 437

Re: Western facing F1 vendors list

I get the impression that everyone that wants a 60-70ml pot already owns one or isn't willing to spend much for it. I’ve had people interesting in the mid 70’s 60-70ml I have but a number of people want to pay late 80’s prices. I think in general there is a tendency in Western tea circles to want t...
by Bok
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 176
Views: 2673

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

@Tor they did in the past. It’s called Wuhui. Antiques are frequently done that way. A lot of what looks like Heini is actually reduction fired.
by Bok
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Western facing F1 vendors list
Replies: 29
Views: 437

Re: Western facing F1 vendors list

Brent D wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:13 pm
http://2088taiwan.com/
I have heard from mutual acquaintances that he now only sources tea ware on request. Guess he overestimated the demand when acquiring the current large stock of teapots... but then, better pictures and descriptions, as well as less Neiziwaihong could help his case ;)
by Bok
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 97
Views: 3040

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

Bok Just read through your other gyokuro tastings, sorry to hear you have not enjoyed gyokuro. I’m glad though that you have oolong to enjoy, this is very good to hear. I did enjoy the aftertaste of the two Asada En Gyokurus and did not dislike the taste of the liquid itself, which was more than I ...