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by phyllsheng
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 122
Views: 11414

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro Tasted on 11.14.2019 https://bit.ly/37bifKG tjkdubya and I visited Victoria 3 days ago. The very first tea Victoria brewed masterfully for us was the Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro. The tea was so very (wonderfully) thick, I wondered if it would turn to gel if refrigerated. The umami...
by phyllsheng
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Provocative thoughts on Puerh
Replies: 17
Views: 1287

Re: Provocative thoughts on Puerh

Hi Bok , Maybe we can rephrase: in order to make premium quality Oolong, a la Yancha you need the same expertise in farming and taking care of the tea trees/bushes, the same skill in harvesting and processing of the leaves to a certain level. But then, the Oolong maker needs additional skills on top...
by phyllsheng
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Newbie Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: Newbie Questions

Thank you, @Bok. It's probably somewhat kitschy to most :roll:
Each framed wrapper means something more to me, sentimentally, but such things can't be captured by a camera :geek:
by phyllsheng
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Provocative thoughts on Puerh
Replies: 17
Views: 1287

Re: Provocative thoughts on Puerh

Bok In regards to skills I do agree and disagree. My intention was not to say that Puerh making doesn’t involve skills, skills that can become mastery of the subject, far from it. But the kind of skills that you mentioned are the same, or similar needed for making Oolong, just that in addition to t...
by phyllsheng
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Provocative thoughts on Puerh
Replies: 17
Views: 1287

Re: Provocative thoughts on Puerh

Bok , He also mentioned, that compared to Yancha or Dancong for example, which involve a high skill in processing to produce premium teas, PE always has been a low skill kind of tea. Throw it in the sun, dry it, and press it, to put it very simply. I would venture to guess that the tea ware expert ...
by phyllsheng
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Newbie Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: Newbie Questions

Or,... :geek: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HCorwL6FsmEk0KUt4Ai54ZedIiiGyPcbfLJdkr_b28R8Gmkn9IrpwCFEs4YiN151opl8G5k4jUhRHfaofBa7cgG1eRuu_4OHxkCCN_kvWwy7odFXUEuGL8VuojoM7QyBr-cEBysq7ECg6iomeUTv5f5rV7qbzsH3jc0QzoC1vdrJdj0-PMEWMu7zsE4rVBXe6sv0MWCv_SZqMsH5y0LLjyHN5PDX9iaIP1uHcZ4N5sPIyVTxBHGX3G-wWCrJ...
by phyllsheng
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Newbie Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: Newbie Questions

Janice , Collect the wrappers if they are to your liking. I flatten the wrappers by placing them under a large, heavy book (or books) for a few days. Afterwards, I roll the wrappers and place them in a kraft storage/mailing tube. Or, it's perfect to line your metal tea canisters/caddies with :) ped...
by phyllsheng
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?
Replies: 32
Views: 1485

Re: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?

Hi again M / Teachronicles , Without wishing to personally avoid answering your questions, I feel it's best to point you to the 潮州茶經 (Chaozhou ChaJing / Chaozhou Tea Classic) written by 翁輝東 (Weng Huidong) in 1957. It explains the what's/how's/why's/when's/where's of CZ brewing in great detail. Unfor...
by phyllsheng
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?
Replies: 32
Views: 1485

Re: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?

LOL tjkdubya ("Then promptly come back to life and buy it.") Good one! :D re: heft and thickness of brewing vessel, the answer is always "depends" on the tea you want to brew with it. High-fired yancha's and rolled oolongs...thicker. Dancong and qingxiang style oolongs, I'd say light(er) and thin(ne...
by phyllsheng
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?
Replies: 32
Views: 1485

Re: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?

Hi M! Teachronicles It’s tradition, yes, but one that was borne out of pragmatism. The only symbolism that’s infused into CZ brewing method is, afaik, the 3 cups used to signify the character 品 (and it’s meaning). Will respond soon in detail to your other good questions! For now, and in very general...
by phyllsheng
Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?
Replies: 32
Views: 1485

Re: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?

@Bok, thank you for the clarifications! Helps me tremendously to understand better.

That tea seller in CZ, pouring with a gaiwan without spilling...that’s quite a feat, isn’t it?

I hope one day we can meet. Very much love to learn dry brewing method in detail 🙏🏻
by phyllsheng
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?
Replies: 32
Views: 1485

Re: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?

Hi Bok , Thanks for starting a thread to continue where we left off. Is there any online vid that fairly represents how dry CZ brewing method is done per your description? I'm honestly curious, and it's because I don't quite understand what you mean by: "tries to avoid splashing water everywhere as ...
by phyllsheng
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Announcements & Guides
Topic: Introduce Yourself
Replies: 567
Views: 66957

Re: Introduce Yourself

Hi Bok , Thank you! I forego using fairness cup most of the time. For me, it depends on how far or close apart everyone is seated away from me, if I'm brewing. I use a fairness cup if I think it's inconvenient for my guests to have to stand and reach out for their cups. Re: dry vs wet brewing, I'm n...
by phyllsheng
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Announcements & Guides
Topic: Introduce Yourself
Replies: 567
Views: 66957

Re: Introduce Yourself

Thank you for your kind words and warm welcome, @Jo, @Victoria and @t-curious 🙏🏻
by phyllsheng
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Announcements & Guides
Topic: Introduce Yourself
Replies: 567
Views: 66957

Re: Introduce Yourself

Hi! I've been mostly a lurker in here. I look forward to participating in discussions more and to getting to know everyone here better. Used to be more active within the tea blogosphere and tea fora before kids, including on Teachat, occasionally. My username on Teachat was Phyll . After a period of...