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by steanze
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: My first sheng experience
Replies: 37
Views: 2484

Re: My first sheng experience

I've only been drinking tea for a year now but now I primarily obsess over raw puerh. I've had the feeling of sinking in my chair, almost feeling like I am in a sauna :D and other strange numbness that's hard to pin down. The part you mentioned about village A being famous but having only decent te...
by steanze
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: FS: Wistaria's Hong Yin & Lan Yin
Replies: 12
Views: 640

Re: FS: Wistaria's Hong Yin & Lan Yin

pedant wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:06 pm
these are great, tong-worthy teas imo
Agreed, I have at least a tong of each. The qi of Lanyin is very energizing, so I am a bit surprised
by steanze
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing advice
Replies: 110
Views: 20610

Re: Yixing advice

This is precisely the information I was seeking when I mentioned finding out “around” what temperature my DCQ pot was fired. I had no intentions of knowing the exact degree, but rather if it was low, medium, or high fired. Being that you noted DCQ can behave differently based on firing temperature....
by steanze
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing advice
Replies: 110
Views: 20610

Re: Yixing advice

pantry wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:59 pm

Speaking of cat and bag, I finally opened my bag of lazy cat's space cat rougui. I brewed it in a small flat shaped hong ni pot. It was quite subtle and delicious. Easy to brew. I love it! </subject switching attempt>

NIce, perfect shape for Yancha!
by steanze
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing advice
Replies: 110
Views: 20610

Re: Yixing advice

I'm just gonna leave this here. :) https://yannzishagallery.com/blogs/zisha-academy-by-yann/why-do-experts-never-talk-about-firing-temperature https://yannzishagallery.com/blogs/zisha-academy-by-yann/the-effects-of-kiln-temperature-on-zisha-part-2 True Experts don't hand out patents of who is an ex...
by steanze
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2914
Views: 195785

Re: Yixing

If I want to be careful, I pour room temperature water in the pot, then I empty about half, and add hot water from the kettle slowly (you can first pour the water from the kettle in a pitcher and from the pitcher to the pot if you want to be extra careful), then when it's full let rest for 30 secon...
by steanze
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2914
Views: 195785

Re: Yixing

TeaTotaling wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:01 am


Very true. Slippery hands in the sink can result in an easily avoidable mistake. Thinking about it makes me cringe 😬 Thanks for the tips!
You are welcome!
by steanze
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2914
Views: 195785

Re: Yixing

steanze Good point. Room temp hovers around 71. I leave hot water from the sink in the teapot while bringing the kettle to 180°F, so it's pretty instantaneous. Thanks for sharing! One thing I like about the approach I suggested is that I don't need to go back and forth between tea table and sink. I...
by steanze
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2914
Views: 195785

Re: Yixing

I will be changing my method. Makes more sense to start bottom to top. I was preheating under warm sink water top to bottom, with the lid on, before warming the inside. I make sure the sink water is warm to start, then progressively increase the temperature. After sufficiently warming under the sin...
by steanze
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 79
Views: 8589

Re: Mei leaf

On a different vendor, Wistaria tea house in Taipei, who also claimed that some of their teas are from 400-1000 years of age, should I be suspicious of their claim too? It only cost around $188 per 357 gm for their TaiHe 2006 cake. I read that Mr. Chow Yu is a respectable and honorable man. Anyway,...
by steanze
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 79
Views: 8589

Re: Mei leaf

This guys is incredibally knowledgeable when it comes to tea. ... I get the whole (ohhh it’s a sales pitch) deal but he seems to back it up with knowledge. You may be (and I suspect are) confusing "knowledge" with "details". Having watched a few of his deep-dive videos and a couple of basics videos...
by steanze
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2914
Views: 195785

Re: Yixing

steanze Good to know how it looks like! I cannot remember seeing this on any pot, but maybe I had mistaken it for being dirt before. If they are only on the inside I wouldn't care much. It's seen quite rarely, and on ROC or earlier pots... I personally don't really mind something like that, the cla...
by steanze
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2914
Views: 195785

Re: Yixing

I remember reading this term on Facebook a couple of times, but I did not understand the meaning. Thanks for the explanation. Personally, I think I'd prefer flower mud, but on the seller's website it sounds more like a flaw. :D steanze Thanks a lot 🙏 Welcome! Yes, well, the name is poetic, but it l...
by steanze
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2914
Views: 195785

Re: Yixing

And what does flower mud look like in comparison to mud with added bc? Sorry, I'm no potter. ;) Clay without added barium carbonate can have some signs, including darker patches/spots on the interior bottom, on the lid, or darkening around the spout tip. If clay has these signs, it is likely that n...
by steanze
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2914
Views: 195785

Re: Yixing

After initially complaining about leaking around the lid, and more carefully incorporating the tips mentioned here plus a few I've been experimenting with, I really have this pot working well with Ripe Pu'erh. I did a side by side the other day (with a Gaiwan) and the yixing pot was noticeably bett...