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by tealifehk
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Tea Vendors
Topic: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!
Replies: 40
Views: 4007

Re: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!

Hi All! The Chinese New Year season is here! A lot of my suppliers are shut down until Valentine's Day. I am open for business, however, and offering 19% off sitewide at TeaLife.HK with code '2019' through Valentine's Day! Hong Kong is only shut down for three days (5th-7th February), so I will cont...
by tealifehk
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 63
Views: 5250

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

At present, I'm aging tea in cartons and tongs, but eventually I transfer cakes to plastic zip-top bags with cotton on the outside. This makes the tea much more aromatic after the first two years or so of natural decomposition, and also stops the loss of aromatics into the atmosphere. There is still...
by tealifehk
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Are your brown/purple clay pots also lonely?
Replies: 29
Views: 1216

Re: Are your brown/purple clay pots also lonely?

I use purple clay all the time, but I do drink a lot of humid-stored pu and high roast oolongs. :D
by tealifehk
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: gaiwan or teapot?
Replies: 64
Views: 5569

Re: gaiwan or teapot?

Nowadays I only use porcelain gaiwans for testing new teas, dancong, and big gaiwans for fresh green/yellow/white tea. In many cases, when testing new teas, I use a stoneware teapot from Fujian instead. I do use a Nixing clay gaiwan for dry storage sheng fairly often, but only because it's close at ...
by tealifehk
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 462
Views: 47583

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkFpU9hHP7w/ Revisiting this cake in a large qingshuini F1 persimmon pot (750ml?). The tea is much less pleasant brewed grandpa-style and I'm getting notes of camphor that I didn't detect when brewing the tea in a smaller pot with multiple infusions. I think this tea will...
by tealifehk
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Duanni clay - underrated clay?
Replies: 21
Views: 673

Re: Duanni clay - underrated clay?

I use 70s duanni for traditional storage pu erh/hei cha, and modern duanni works well for the same. Smaller pots also seem to work well for high roast oolongs. I had a smaller 70ml modern duanni fanggu that I sold to someone in Moscow that worked a treat with high roast Wuyicha! For good quality aro...
by tealifehk
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Tea Vendors
Topic: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!
Replies: 40
Views: 4007

Re: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!

19% off this week with code '2019' at checkout! :) Lots of new stuff added.
by tealifehk
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you choose what tea to drink?
Replies: 13
Views: 500

Re: How do you choose what tea to drink?

I quite enjoy hemming and hawing and trying to figure out what I'm going to drink every day. I do try to focus on finishing perishable greens first, though, and I have a bag of sencha near my tea tray that I'm working my way through! Sometimes my choices are based on whether or not I've worked out. ...
by tealifehk
Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 155
Views: 5258

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

Merry Christmas everyone! I use HK tap water, and earlier this year added bamboo charcoal to my electric kettles. The charcoal improves the taste of the water rather significantly, but does seem to make the water a bit softer than I'd like when the charcoal is fresh. A few years ago I tested around ...
by tealifehk
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drinking tea at night
Replies: 27
Views: 1861

Re: Drinking tea at night

I now cut off tea by 4 or 5 pm most days, and I get to bed much earlier than before, and sleep better as well. :)
by tealifehk
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Classic factory recipes
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Classic factory recipes

I'm going to add that aging shou absolutely makes a difference. I get shou cakes factory-direct from Kunming and the difference in two-to-three years is absolutely staggering. They are unpleasant when they come in and sweet and pleasant after several years. The material also gets much smoother. I ca...
by tealifehk
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Tea Vendors
Topic: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!
Replies: 40
Views: 4007

Re: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!

18% off through Boxing Day (December 26th)! Discount applies sitewide. Use code ‘DECEMBER’ at checkout. I recently added several new teas, and will be adding more in the weeks and months to come! Thanks to everyone who purchased this year! I wasn’t planning on doing another 18% off sale, but bills n...
by tealifehk
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Tea Vendors
Topic: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!
Replies: 40
Views: 4007

Re: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!

Hey TeaForum! I’m offering 10% off through the weekend (Black Friday through Cyber Monday) and 18% off on clay teapots. If you’d like to purchase a teapot, please let me know as I’ll have to refund the extra 8% manually. Have a great holiday weekend!
by tealifehk
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Teapot identification
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: Teapot identification

At that size, it would be a young sheng pu erh/maocha pot for me. :) Too big, you mean? Capacity is roughly 160 ml. The walls are not extraordinarily thick, but they're not thin either. The first Baozhong I brewed in it tasted great, although it might have been because I had recently resetted it. Y...
by tealifehk
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 78
Views: 5439

Re: Musings on Dancong…

Right, I've had fragranced teas that people ten feet away could smell! That's when you know you have a serious issue. : I can confirm after that afternoon, that there are indeed completely natural teas that fill a whole room with delicious aromas! The only issue you have there is that you have a tr...