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by steanze
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 146
Views: 12878

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

swordofmytriumph Any new pot will first be a bit muting and need some seasoning until it reaches full potential, some faster, some slower. I heard that Mumyoi is performing very similar to Zhuni clay, so should not be muting, more close to porcelain and a good match for HM. Some on this forum have ...
by steanze
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 146
Views: 12878

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

If I had one dollar for every time someone said a clay is similar to zhuni ;) So far I have heard this stated about Mumyoi and Shudei, although it was said that only the older more orangey clay has this properties (around Yamada Jozan III and previously, statement by Hojo). Again, only hearsay and ...
by steanze
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 146
Views: 12878

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Well, that’s good to know, thanks! Do you happen to know about whether it will continue to eat the higher flavors? I hear clay pots tend to stop doing that after a while? If it takes away the higher flavors, it will continue to do so for a long time... If I had one dollar for every time someone sai...
by steanze
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Season a Kyusu?
Replies: 4
Views: 81

Re: Season a Kyusu?

In my view that type of clay is too muting to use with gaoshan. I don't think you can change that with seasoning. I would suggest to use that teapot for japanese greens, shu puerh, or wet stored sheng, and to stick to a porcelain gaiwan for gaoshan :)
by steanze
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Duanni clay - underrated clay?
Replies: 14
Views: 249

Re: Duanni clay - underrated clay?

It also seems to me there is a huge difference in Duanni between Qing/ROC duanni and what came afterwards? I seem to remember Stephane from teamasters using a Qing Duanni for his high mountains (although I do not think he is too much of an expert in what clay and teaware is concerned). The thing is...
by steanze
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Duanni clay - underrated clay?
Replies: 14
Views: 249

Re: Duanni clay - underrated clay?

Bok the yellower duanni performs quite similarly to the greyer ones. I will do some more in-depth tests. First impression is that the greyish one is less absorptive/denser. Might be firing temperature though. Here are a few more notes: - One of the difficulties is that different drinkers have diffe...
by steanze
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Duanni clay - underrated clay?
Replies: 14
Views: 249

Re: Duanni clay - underrated clay?

I like ROC duanni, but for gaoshan oolong I definitely prefer zhuni and thin walled 60s/70s hongni (pre 1977), or thin walled porcelain. The duanni for my preference is too muting for gaoshan. Really cool clay though! I do agree that it does not deserve the bad reputation, it's beautiful and works v...
by steanze
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 202
Views: 24843

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 steanze
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Pairing yixing pots with teas
Replies: 27
Views: 2343

Re: Pairing yixing pots with teas

swordofmytriumph wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:01 pm
Anybody have good experiences with pairing lightly roasted oolong with hongni pots? Just got my first Yixing!
should work well :)
by steanze
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Hongni for wuyi yancha teas
Replies: 32
Views: 667

Re: Hongni for wuyi yancha teas

Trusar wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:03 pm
but essence of teas said it was from 1987 to 1992, is that modern or old?
Well it depends on perspective... but in that period they did use nenni ore with iron oxide added.
by steanze
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Hongni for wuyi yancha teas
Replies: 32
Views: 667

Re: Hongni for wuyi yancha teas

Trusar wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:23 pm
this hongni seems to give the tea a metalic taste. is this what other people get?
It can happen with modern hongni that has iron oxides added. Good older hongni does not do that.
by steanze
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Hongni for wuyi yancha teas
Replies: 32
Views: 667

Re: Hongni for wuyi yancha teas

when i say harshness, i mean this harsh feeling at the back of my throat. I have never encountered a hongni that increases harshness in the back of the throat... Did you use the same leaf/water ratio and steep time and you get more harshness in the throat with the hongni pot than with a gaiwan? If ...
by steanze
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Porcelain Gaiwan Comparison
Replies: 8
Views: 291

Re: Porcelain Gaiwan Comparison

OCTO wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:08 am
Had the perfect soft evening light to highlight the differences in white hues between different Gaiwan made from different regions and quality.

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Nice shot. I'd pick the ones on the left ;)
by steanze
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: The (Western) Yixing market
Replies: 126
Views: 2609

Re: The (Western) Yixing market

Personally, I like clay from the 60s and 70s better than most clays from the 80s and 90s. For hongni, pre 1977 does better with tea imo than post 1977. For zini, both the 70s qingshuini and the 60s-70s benzini and jiazini are superior to the factory's post 80s clays (heixingtu is quite good though)....
by steanze
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Is Yixing more porous than CZ??
Replies: 140
Views: 4528

Re: Is Yixing more porous than CZ??

what is the typical surface texture for zini? smooth? I posted a few examples of zini earlier in this thread that can be helpful. Texture can vary but I have not seen many with a texture like yours. It is likely because it is a modern type of clay that is not usually found in older pots. The link t...