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by OCTO
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 652
Views: 69710

Re: Yixing

Oh, I know the Image from teachat, but I did not see the teapot in it. Thanks a lot! My teapot looks different though, and it came together with 6 cups & coasters and a pitcher. Not as nice as this 150,000 USD teapot but still nice. :lol: https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/contemporary-clay-yixing-...
by OCTO
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A bit of gossip about TC...
Replies: 30
Views: 652

Re: A bit of gossip about TC...

haha. well, even though they kicked some of us out and deleted some worthwhile content, they still continue to host a majority of the old, valuable stuff, and i thank them for that. doing that doesn't cost that much, but it's not free, either. i personally still sometimes search their site (mostly ...
by OCTO
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 39
Views: 1481

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

Now, let's not steep simplicity out of Tea on this one. Tea is just a beverage, often enjoyed with a recreational mood. Rightfully placed, it's a means to an end. Be it for meditation, relaxation or socialization with friends... 😁😁😁

Cheers!
by OCTO
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing advice
Replies: 81
Views: 12465

Re: Yixing advice

Nice :) How aged is semi-aged? I would use it for puerh that's at least 10-15 years old. It will be always more muting than the modern zhuni steanze +1 Generally I would avoid using DCQ for Sheng Puerh, with the exception of aged DCQ, which is more commonly sold as Vintage ZiNi as the colour of the...
by OCTO
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing advice
Replies: 81
Views: 12465

Re: Yixing advice

Nice :) How aged is semi-aged? I would use it for puerh that's at least 10-15 years old. It will be always more muting than the modern zhuni steanze +1 Generally I would avoid using DCQ for Sheng Puerh, with the exception of aged DCQ, which is more commonly sold as Vintage ZiNi as the colour of the...
by OCTO
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing advice
Replies: 81
Views: 12465

Re: Yixing advice

I got it last week and I really like everything else with it. Its just that i have been using a modern Zhuni quite heavily for about 8 months and that pot really accentuates the teas. I drink semi aged raw puerh out of these. The new one is a modern one out of Dicaoqing clay. ./download/file.php?id...
by OCTO
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 122
Views: 11448

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: 122
Views: 11448

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: 193
Views: 6144

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: 193
Views: 6144

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: 11
Views: 617

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: 44
Views: 2784

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: 193
Views: 6144

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: 649

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: 193
Views: 6144

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...