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by .m.
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: Novak & Randova Teaware
Replies: 33
Views: 2168

Re: Novak & Randova Teaware

Do you feel that the quality of your brews is similar now as to when you first bout your teapot? I guess that what i am trying to get at is does his teapots stand the test of time in terms of brewing ability? There might be some short initial seasoning period, after which i don't think it changes m...
by .m.
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: Novak & Randova Teaware
Replies: 33
Views: 2168

Re: Novak & Randova Teaware

debunix wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:28 am
I have pieces that have crackly glazes that I are a delight to watch 'age' as those stain and darken...
Indeed, those crackles on your cup are evolving nicely.
by .m.
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: European Teaware
Replies: 24
Views: 346

Re: European Teaware

debunix wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:12 am
Where do you order 'directly from him' [Jiri Duchek]?
Maybe
http://www.keramikaduchek.cz/
https://www.facebook.com/keramikaduchek/
by .m.
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: Novak & Randova Teaware
Replies: 33
Views: 2168

Re: Novak & Randova Teaware

Tetsubin This is one of the early pots Petr made in the "bizen style". I've been using it regularly for 7 years now. At some point it got cleaned when the layer of tea residue in the interior got too thick. One of the nice things about this style is how the tea stains naturally blend with the clay....
by .m.
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: Novak & Randova Teaware
Replies: 33
Views: 2168

Re: Novak & Randova Teaware

Hi, I find Petr Nováks pieces stunning! But I was wondering if his pots and shibos improve over time (with use)? And how is the heat retention in comparison to a solid Yixing pot? I wouldn't say they improve, they just get older and dirtier (which is ok and has a charm to it), like most things. I f...
by .m.
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Brew Times/Strategy with Compressed Puer
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Brew Times/Strategy with Compressed Puer

Noonie wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:35 pm
That’s been my strategy so far, but all I had left was a bigger chunk. All good though, as online learning about tea.
In that case either as others suggested, or throw the whole chunk into a big pot or a thermos and let steep it for like an hour - it can make for an interesting brew.
by .m.
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Brew Times/Strategy with Compressed Puer
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Brew Times/Strategy with Compressed Puer

It may not be possible in this case, but otherwise you may also go for a mix of bigger chunks and smaller ones/separate leaves. Let the loose one power the early infusions, later the bigger chunks will kick in.
by .m.
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Kunming EMS Shipping
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Kunming EMS Shipping

I might wait until Friday. When I emailed them after 8 days of “pre-shipment” status they said this method can take up to 20 days and there are no alerts to issues...although I paid $45 for “7-15 day” shipping and it’s been 15 days with no tracking updates. Patience is your friend. I quite understa...
by .m.
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany
Replies: 12
Views: 202

Re: Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany

Not being a tea master, i've stocked up on a chinese slimming tea while the price is cheap. :lol:
by .m.
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Anyone know what this is??? (plastic in cake)
Replies: 34
Views: 890

Re: Anyone know what this is??? (plastic in cake)

Guy Juan wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:32 pm
The tea literally tastes exactly like an old musty attic.
Not exactly sure how musty attic smells, but when it comes to storage, better musty attic than a moldy basement...

Regarding storage aromas, sometimes a gentle roasting of the tea before brewing can help a bit.
by .m.
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 370
Views: 46396

Re: Yixing

Bok steanze Chadrinkincat Thank you. Looking at the two pictures there is definitely a difference, yet i have trouble to put the essence of it into words. It's been my impression that wrinkles or certain unevenness on the outer surface appear more on the earlier factory pots (is it due to the firin...
by .m.
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 370
Views: 46396

Re: Yixing

Happy to share :) Good question. Late Qing and ROC can be tricky to distinguish. The workmanship can be similar in many respects, so first one dates the period to late Qing or ROC. Once it's established that it is not a modern replica, one can use information about the shape knowing in what periods...
by .m.
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 370
Views: 46396

Re: Yixing

steanze wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:40 pm
Ok here's a few more!
Wow. Nice collection. Thanks for sharing. Are there some clear traits that can point with an old teapot like those for example to late Qing vs. to ROC?
by .m.
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Tea-Masters
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Tea-Masters

I haven't ordered from him, but Stephane of Teamasters is highly respected, and in general there are no doubts about quality or legitimity of his teas. What one needs to understand is that with older teas like that, what you're buying is not the just formula. It is the storage that determines how we...