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by Flavor Hedonist
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Kyoto in autumn
Replies: 8
Views: 959

Re: Kyoto in autumn

I went to the ceramic street on my first visit, but it was just more of what you find elsewhere, just stacked upon each other. Prices are the same? How did you like Osaka? For me it was a city to avoid, the equivalent of Kaohsiung in Taiwan: ugly, nothing of interest, vast and full of people... and...
by Flavor Hedonist
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Kyoto in autumn
Replies: 8
Views: 959

Re: Kyoto in autumn

I was in Osaka and Kyoto last week. I agree with how expensive the city is (food and tea-wise). Although, I enjoyed going to Ippodo and drinking some sencha and gyokuro first thing in the morning. My wife, who likes umami profiles very much, pretty much enjoyed drinking tea in Japan. The other thing...
by Flavor Hedonist
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 203
Views: 15018

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 Flavor Hedonist
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 203
Views: 15018

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

I hear you faj I bump into the yixing and other specialty pots too often! So far I’ve held back I am afraid I am not quite as strong-willed as you are... ;) This being said, I am eying Japanese teapots, as was suggested earlier in the thread, as it seems to be less obscure. Willpower can only do so...
by Flavor Hedonist
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 203
Views: 15018

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 Flavor Hedonist
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 203
Views: 15018

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 Flavor Hedonist
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 203
Views: 15018

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

Speaking of Heini, I'm quite intrigued by it actually. What clay are they using? What teas are suggested for it? How does it affect the brew?
by Flavor Hedonist
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Japanese Green Tea: Aged, Roasted, Fermented
Replies: 37
Views: 5782

Re: Japanese Green Tea: Aged, Roasted, Fermented

Maybe storing them in caddies that allow the teas to breath hidden in relatively cool places, like was the case in the olden days with pottery jars in kura storehouses, makes for a more balanced aging compared to freezer storing. Has anybody made a comparison original leaf vs. the same aged in a fr...
by Flavor Hedonist
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki
Replies: 78
Views: 6415

Re: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki

Bok wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:34 am
We may have our first “homegrown” teapot hype-hysteria :mrgreen:
To completely honest, I bought a Kobiwako because of your posts. :lol:

I drink a lot of high mountain oolong and you said Kobiwako is good for that. Hence, it made sense for me to buy one. :D
by Flavor Hedonist
Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki
Replies: 78
Views: 6415

Re: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki

nasalfrog wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:41 am
Aw, dangit... I may have to buy another pot from HOJO :lol:
Same feeling I got when I am reading this post :D :?
by Flavor Hedonist
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay
Replies: 102
Views: 14047

Re: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay

I have been reading a lot about how Kobiwako is a "magic clay" and 3 weeks ago, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase one from Hojo. I ordered a 110ml kyusu with a sasame filter... I had been eyeing that particular one for a while because of the sesame filter. It's a shame you are having such g...
by Flavor Hedonist
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay
Replies: 102
Views: 14047

Re: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay

I have been reading a lot about how Kobiwako is a "magic clay" and 3 weeks ago, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase one from Hojo. I ordered a 110ml kyusu with a sasame filter. I got it after 5 days and I decided to see what it's all about. Having no gaoshan at hand, I first started with what ...
by Flavor Hedonist
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What HeiCha are you drinking
Replies: 77
Views: 16003

Re: What HeiCha are you drinking

A very important Mainland Chinese business partner who particularly loves heicha paid me a visit a few hours ago. I brought out the good stuff and served him some 2002 Aged Wild Liu Bao Tea "803" from Yunnan Sourcing. I brewed it in a Nixing pot and damn that tea brewed like forever. I probably used...
by Flavor Hedonist
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: White Tea
Topic: What White Are You Drinking
Replies: 82
Views: 19220

Re: What White Are You Drinking

Interesting resulting flavor profile. Are you making beer with your hop pellets? I wonder if the more aromatic Noble hops are today doctored with added artificial ingredients, to highlight aroma and flavor of grapefruit, lemon, citrus, floral... or is it just the kind of hop plant used. Yes. I have...
by Flavor Hedonist
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: White Tea
Topic: What White Are You Drinking
Replies: 82
Views: 19220

Re: What White Are You Drinking

It's summer here in the Philippines and I can't enjoy my usual Puerh or Heicha due to the blistering heat. So, I cold brewed 10g of Billimai Winter Frost White from Nilgiri with 2g of cascade hop pellets to 1 liter of water to make a very refreshing drink. The cold brew concoction tasted of ripe Ind...