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by carogust
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Yancha lovers?
Replies: 23
Views: 555

Re: Yancha lovers?

In Taiwan I get usually treated and teased each time with better tea... so I get lost deeper and deeper in the abyss of expensive but delicious teas. It’s a vicious cycle If a tea really costs ~10$ per gram I'd be willing to only drink it with friends, even if I could afford it. The only way to rea...
by carogust
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Yancha lovers?
Replies: 23
Views: 555

Re: Yancha lovers?

good way to look at this alright. It is common , at least among of good tea vendors , to teach / educate their customers. Means , if customer order some cheaper range tea, you give him a sample of better stuff ( of course more expensive tea ). But unfortunately with foreign market I've found out th...
by carogust
Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Yancha lovers?
Replies: 23
Views: 555

Re: Yancha lovers?

Today I drank an oolong made in the style of yancha. It doesn't count as yancha as it was made from material outside of banyan. I enjoyed it. It had good flavor, the body of an oolong and made me feel good, so it satisfied my craving. Got it from chawangshop and its cultivar is "Hong Mu Dan". At ~0....
by carogust
Sun May 17, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Repair & Cleaning
Topic: Qing/ROC Pearskin Zhuni Repair (Lacquer & Wire)
Replies: 54
Views: 3669

Re: Future Sale project: Qing/ROC Pearskin Zhuni

carogust wait until you see the handle wrapping, being done as we speak by a dear and talented friend with nimble fingers. That is the one part I would have despaired at for sure! I tried to do this with a porcelain teapot that has a nasty habit of slipping when holding it. Definitely not easy and ...
by carogust
Sun May 17, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Repair & Cleaning
Topic: Qing/ROC Pearskin Zhuni Repair (Lacquer & Wire)
Replies: 54
Views: 3669

Re: Future Sale project: Qing/ROC Pearskin Zhuni

This piece is amazing.

The history of the antique, amazing craftmanship, 100% no debate zhuni and now a repair well executed to add to its history....

Whoever buys this is lucky.
by carogust
Sun May 10, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Repair & Cleaning
Topic: Qing/ROC Pearskin Zhuni Repair (Lacquer & Wire)
Replies: 54
Views: 3669

Re: Future Sale project: Qing/ROC Pearskin Zhuni

I've not seen teapot repairs done with lacquer like that! Most just do silver or gold but this is more humble and less show-offy which is nice :)
by carogust
Thu May 07, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to treat unpleasant tea high?
Replies: 20
Views: 1390

Re: How to treat unpleasant tea high?

So in short: To be on the safe side, maybe drink pu-erh after a meal (or eat right after).
by carogust
Thu May 07, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to treat unpleasant tea high?
Replies: 20
Views: 1390

Re: How to treat unpleasant tea high?

For me, unaged gushu/wild pu-erh nowadays gives me a feeling like my nose is going to start bleeding. Ephedrine should induce vasoconstriction (aka narrowing of blood vessels), so the connection might be plausible. Starting to question if that stuff is healthy to drink at all or if my resistance to ...
by carogust
Mon May 04, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Looking to pair some pots. Ideas on where to begin?
Replies: 168
Views: 6266

Re: Looking to pair some pots. Ideas on where to begin?

this is the answer... checkout He Daohong (何道洪). He is the master who introduced these "hypertrophic" components, very elegantly done in his work... more info here: https://www.zisha.com/news/18947.shtml Seems like the inventor is much more "restrained". That pot that octo posted has gone a little ...
by carogust
Mon May 04, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Looking to pair some pots. Ideas on where to begin?
Replies: 168
Views: 6266

Re: Looking to pair some pots. Ideas on where to begin?

Youzi wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 11:16 am
I hate that design, just seems so unproportionate... Maybe too contemporary for me :lol:
Maybe the whole point is to be uncomfortable... Challenges the idea that "correct" proportions are important.
by carogust
Mon May 04, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Looking to pair some pots. Ideas on where to begin?
Replies: 168
Views: 6266

Re: Looking to pair some pots. Ideas on where to begin?

@OCTO @Youzi
Maybe it's neither ergonomics nor practicality.... Just contemporary artistry.

If I was collecting pots (or had the money for it :lol: ) I'd be into these kinds of designs.
by carogust
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?
Replies: 45
Views: 2231

Re: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?

Another benefit of larger pot + less tea is that it gives the leaves more space to open
by carogust
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?
Replies: 45
Views: 2231

Re: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?

Bok Nope! Some even say it is a terrible method. I guess they're looking at the tea in the CUP but not the stream. The stream is more consistent in my opinion. And I tend to look for the general "structure" of the liquor as well and not just the color. Like is it dense/full. Hard to describe. klept...
by carogust
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?
Replies: 45
Views: 2231

Re: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?

To give a few tips: 1. If using a teapot you can pour just a tiny bit of the tea into your pitcher/cup to check how it is brewing. Unlike others, I find that color does give a good estimation for the steep. The trick is to watch the stream, and not the tea in the cup/pitcher. Same can be done with t...
by carogust
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?
Replies: 45
Views: 2231

Re: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?

Exact amounts of tea and exact timings are not important. Even if you use let's say, 6g per session, the integrity of the leaf will vary day to day. Meaning some days you might be brewing a lot of leaves, some days each will be unbroken. This affects infusion speed quite a lot. There are other facto...