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by OCTO
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 163
Views: 13126

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

I haven’t tried it with aged sheng...I don’t actually have any. All my stuff is newer. I actually don’t have very much. I have four cakes. :lol: Three from crimson lotus, and another I got from another local shop. The oldest I’ve got is 2015. Now you've got a valid excuse to get a aged sheng.... :D
by OCTO
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 163
Views: 13126

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

So I just tried again, this time actually lifting it on the correct spot. :) it did reduce the pour time by a couple seconds. I tried reducing my steeping temp to 200F vs boiling. That combined with the trick Bok suggested fixed the problem! Thanks everybody. The Mumyoi pot has found its new home w...
by OCTO
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Are your brown/purple clay pots also lonely?
Replies: 14
Views: 668

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

I think with all Yixing clays it tends to be the same rule: Always test with a variety of teas before writing them off, they might be the exception to the generally accepted consensus! Can be frustrating and confusing at times, but the more I try, the more I come to accept that as far as Yixing is ...
by OCTO
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Duanni clay - underrated clay?
Replies: 14
Views: 266

Re: Duanni clay - underrated clay?

Thanks Bok . I use a DuanNi variant called QingHuiDuan (mixture of QingHuiNi and DuanNi) from ROC period to brew my green/fresh ZhangPing Shui Xian. It shaves off the astringency that irritates my throat and makes the tea smooth without affecting the flavour. The blend of both clays explains the gre...
by OCTO
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Duanni clay - underrated clay?
Replies: 14
Views: 266

Re: Duanni clay - underrated clay?

Here's my 2cents. I personally consider DuanNi as a very mysterious clay right next to DiCaoQing. Their character and performance with tea vastly varies across the different variants.... more so across the timeline and eras. Though many find DuanNi muting, there are also DuanNi that are so refined, ...
by OCTO
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 75
Views: 4662

Re: Musings on Dancong…

Having some competition grade DanCong XinRen Hsiang, single bush. Needless to say, it was delicious!! 😂😂😂

Cheers!!
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by OCTO
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 644
Views: 51243

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

wuyiyancha China is a very large country and one needs to separate mass market and the premium sector for tea people with lots of money. From what I have learned, tea is very regional in taste in China. You drink what you and your family always drank, unless you are a tea geek. Yancha is but one re...
by OCTO
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 203
Views: 24967

Re: Yixing

Two friends from the dragon kiln... 2018 ended very successfully for me in terms of teaware :mrgreen: Just managed to clean those after returning from the holidays and going to start prepping and see how they perform. Both are so called Julunzhu, as far as I know and others counseled, from the ROC ...
by OCTO
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brand New Need Advice
Replies: 30
Views: 512

Re: Brand New Need Advice

pedant wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:33 pm
i've never used the gaiwan saucers/plates for anything. i have a stack of them in my cabinet, but i might as well throw them away.
Don’t throw them away... they make good coasters... 😂😂
by OCTO
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: White marble and similar surface materials, and drinking tea
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: White marble and similar surface materials, and drinking tea

Let's see if I can find someone to build something like this for a reasonable price :oops: Asked 1 furniture company for a quote teatableblueprint.jpg Looks good!.. Are you planing to use a tea tray with an outlet hose to drain your tea or are you going the minimalist path of not using a large tea ...
by OCTO
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: 12 Days of Kyusu
Replies: 138
Views: 2192

Re: 12 Days of Kyusu

@Chip @Jo this thread is really scratching my itch for Japanese clay tea ware... hahahahahaha....... *must resist temptation.... rubbing itch...*

Keep reminding self.... *don’t scratch... don’t scratch*

:mrgreen: :D :lol:
by OCTO
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brand New Need Advice
Replies: 30
Views: 512

Re: Brand New Need Advice

For some gaiwans, depending on their size and the size of my hand and my history of getting scorched fingertips when using them, I do use the saucer too; your hand and gaiwan may vary: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4019/4484549624_e76d45b1cc_z.jpg Welcome!! I second the suggestion to start off wit...
by OCTO
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 75
Views: 4662

Re: Musings on Dancong…

I’m not sure about the offering of Tea Habitat Imen's single-bush/tree selections at TeaHabitat are remarkable teas. It may sound hard to believe that a US-based online retailer could have such fine tea, but her stuff is worth the price. The different varieties smell and taste distinct from each ot...
by OCTO
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 75
Views: 4662

Re: Musings on Dancong…

Thanks, that’s really good to know, I wouldn’t want to waste my time on something that isn’t worth it. About tea habitat, they’ve only got two kinds there at the moment. Is that just cause it’s winter, like their selection is usually better? I’m not sure about the offering of Tea Habitat... but mak...
by OCTO
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: White marble and similar surface materials, and drinking tea
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: White marble and similar surface materials, and drinking tea

My dining table is made of white marble and it doubles off as my tea table too. I added an additional layer of tempered glass on the surface. The glass acts as a protection for my white marble and is transparent enough to see the white marble.