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by OCTO
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 102
Views: 3560

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

That’s great that you were able to get Ippodo’s Tokusen OCTO. Nice Shiboridashi there, who made it ? It looks thirsty and wants more leaf :) 🍃 My LA buddy EarthMonkey that you will soon meet also had it here, and around goes the world. Victoria The Gyokuro is a gift from a very close tea buddy... t...
by OCTO
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 102
Views: 3560

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

First time for me.... still don't know how to describe or what to expect... hahahaha....

Cheers!!
by OCTO
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 2845

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

I noticed MudandLeaves posted about a very small batch of clay they just processed. Link below. https://www.mudandleaves.com/teatime-blog/lipini-the-pear-skin-clay Their claim is this is Lipini, a type of lüni which is found in small amounts in Tian Qing Ni clay deposits. In my very limited reading...
by OCTO
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 2845

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

Youzi yes I misunderstood! Sorry about that. Agreed about the Zini-family :) There are still minute differences but it’s hard to tell if it’s due to the clay or the other factors that you mentioned. I found that individual pots, rather than clays have a certain profile and teas that match it, often...
by OCTO
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The most difficult tea
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: The most difficult tea

Interesting topic....

I find it very pleasing and relatively very easy to brew any tea... but on the other hand, I find it extremely difficult to brew tea for misinformed or delusional "tea connoisseurs"... hahahahaha....

Another case where complexity is grossly misplaced and simplicity much needed.
by OCTO
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?
Replies: 43
Views: 1562

Re: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?

I find the price acceptance for premium tea to be a lot lower in the West than it is in the East. I agree. There's a fine balancing line as a vendor. Trying to offer some of the better teas at the relevant market price often leads people to assume you're just trying to make too much money, especial...
by OCTO
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 2845

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

steanze wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:20 pm
2) it won't be sold for anywhere near $200.
Try adding 3 more Zeros to the pricetag.
by OCTO
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Breaking into clay
Replies: 16
Views: 285

Re: Breaking into clay

That's understandable, but it's not quite what my goal is. Since I've never tried a clay teapot, I don't really know what to expect, and I don't even know if the effect of clay is something I'll appreciate. In order to find out, I just want a decent pot which can give me an impression of what clay ...
by OCTO
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 2845

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

Specific clay types is the new gushu. Every vendor is offering newfangled looking pots with fancy clay names along with fluffy stories about rarity. +1... If clays are indeed that rare and valuable... it will not find its way to the consumer market. Very often snapped up by private collectors befor...
by OCTO
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Breaking into clay
Replies: 16
Views: 285

Re: Breaking into clay

Bok wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:35 pm
If you only want to find one perfect pot without trial and error, buy porcelain or Zhuni.
I would suggest ditching the ZhuNi and just buy porcelain.
by OCTO
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 2845

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

Do you have some photos of actual Li Pi Ni? Not the style or texture, but the one made from DST Li Pi Ni? I tried to find photos of old pots of Li Pi Ni, but all were just imitation of the surface texture, not actually made out of the clay. I don't know. I have seen many old duanni pots, some are m...
by OCTO
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 2845

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

It's marketing... the end result does not look like any old pots I have seen. IT could still brew good tea though. I would focus on broader distinctions (hongni/zini/duanni), firing temperature, grain, and most importantly the quality of the clay. If the clay is super rare or super common doesn't r...
by OCTO
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hojo Response Delay
Replies: 19
Views: 479

Re: Hojo Response Delay

faj wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:39 pm
OCTO, would it be possible for you to please PM me the contact info too? I have tried sending additional emails and am not receiving a response after several days.

Thanks in advance,
PM sent.
by OCTO
Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Simplicity deferred
Replies: 26
Views: 581

Re: Simplicity deferred

... increasingly paranoid over making simple things complex and making simple things complex . What's does this mean? Baisao Thanks for highlighting this... Should read ... increasingly paranoid over making simple things complex and making complex things simple . It all evolves around the concept o...
by OCTO
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Simplicity deferred
Replies: 26
Views: 581

Re: Simplicity deferred

here's my take.... Simplicity in Quantity, doesn't equate simplicity in Quality. Simplicity in Approach, doesn't equate simplicity in Outcome. Simplicity in Preparation, doesn't equate simplicity in Execution (Brewing). Simplicity in Appreciation, doesn't equate simplicity in Understanding. Simplici...