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by bentz98125
Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Chemistry of Japanese Green Tea: Flavor & Temperature Variations
Replies: 7
Views: 139

Re: Chemistry of Japanese Green Tea: Flavor & Temperature Variations

Wow, thanks for the most comprehensive and concise explanation of green tea flavor I've seen! I feel my understanding has progressed just by looking at it. Always knew a lot of variables were involved but never seen them organized into such a nice logical format. I'm sure an intricate web of correla...
by bentz98125
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Chemistry of Japanese Green Tea: Flavor & Temperature Variations
Replies: 7
Views: 139

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Not to add another layer on top of what you said, but I am mid-way through a bag of that exact gyokuro, and while I have experimented with infusion at the recommended temperature and a bit above, I have not noticed the phenomenon you describe. There are so many variables having to do with the leave...
by bentz98125
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Chemistry of Japanese Green Tea: Flavor & Temperature Variations
Replies: 7
Views: 139

Chemistry of Japanese Green Tea: Flavor & Temperature Variations

How much is actually known about the flavor chemistry of green tea? One of its first attractions to me was how big the differences in flavor are that result from miniscule differences in brewing inputs. Most discussions of tea chemistry I've had start out talking about oxygenation of tea leaves as t...
by bentz98125
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tea: A Nerd's Eye View
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Tea: A Nerd's Eye View

I shudder to take and defend a coherent position on this because tea crosses a lot of boundaries. Subjective experience is important to appreciating it but the cultivation, processing, and brewing of tea without science doesn't work. Genetic hypersensitivity to vegetal bitterness has been discovered...
by bentz98125
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Reflecting on my first several weeks of my new tea life adventure
Replies: 19
Views: 676

Re: Reflecting on my first several weeks of my new tea life adventure

bentz98125 I’m not worried about that too much... good tea is already too expensive in the East, so that it wouldn’t sell in the West with the added import/etc. costs even now. Let alone even more expensive if demand would rise. It is and always has been a niche and luxury item for the wealthy. Doe...
by bentz98125
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Reflecting on my first several weeks of my new tea life adventure
Replies: 19
Views: 676

Re: Reflecting on my first several weeks of my new tea life adventure

bentz98125 I’m not worried about that too much... good tea is already too expensive in the East, so that it wouldn’t sell in the West with the added import/etc. costs even now. Let alone even more expensive if demand would rise. It is and always has been a niche and luxury item for the wealthy. Doe...
by bentz98125
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Reflecting on my first several weeks of my new tea life adventure
Replies: 19
Views: 676

Re: Reflecting on my first several weeks of my new tea life adventure

This thread beautifully illustrates how appreciating tea is a learning curve. Immediate gratification of a first impression based on uninformed assumptions do not serve deeper appreciation of any great human achievement- music, painting, literature, etc. included. The passage of time and accumulatio...
by bentz98125
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Kettles
Topic: Tetsubin
Replies: 45
Views: 9123

Re: Tetsubin

Wow, sure hope it works for you for tea water because that's as gnarly cool as it gets!
by bentz98125
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Determining the right size kyusu pot
Replies: 39
Views: 1186

Re: Determining the right size kyusu pot

Vanenbw wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:10 pm
I can appreciate what it feels like to be "different." Not only am I obsessed with tea (always been a tea drinker, but recently bitten by the tea obsession bug), but I'm a vegan. Talk about being on the outskirts of society. I'm a happy camper though.
Right on!
by bentz98125
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Determining the right size kyusu pot
Replies: 39
Views: 1186

Re: Determining the right size kyusu pot

I appreciate that tea is drunk in the "west" and its drinkers view themselves as having preferences. But tea as drunk in Japan and China is so rare in my neck of the (western) woods, I'd like a penny for every blank stare and befuddled question I get when drinking tea in an "asian" way. Many don't k...
by bentz98125
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Is that all there is? Challenging the orthodox view
Replies: 13
Views: 507

Re: Is that all there is? Challenging the orthodox view

. Similarly, homo sapiens and neandethal interbred and some of the offspring are still in politics to this day. Thanks for that. :lol: Bravo! I swear, for life's truely perplexing questions, teaforum.org should be everyone's resource of first resort. How else to cut through self-immolating mental c...
by bentz98125
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Determining the right size kyusu pot
Replies: 39
Views: 1186

Re: Determining the right size kyusu pot

Love the fascination provided by these multiple perspectives. I identify with some and am interested in those I don't. The wealth of options to explore is exciting. But in the dialogue, whenever generalizations about "western" and "eastern" tea preferences are made, a couple things give pause. The f...
by bentz98125
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Grandpa Amu making a Tea Table
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Grandpa Amu making a Tea Table

Wow, great tip! Not just tea related, but no less than woodworking hand tool guru himself, Christopher Schwarz (https://blog.lostartpress.com/2019/12/31/why-we-are-hermits/), has written an entire book about the very techniques seen in this video (https://lostartpress.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/rom...
by bentz98125
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Determining the right size kyusu pot
Replies: 39
Views: 1186

Re: Determining the right size kyusu pot

I can't imagine sitting down and drinking from a 50-70ml cup. I'd be finished within 20 seconds. But if you are just after the flavor, and tasting the tea, I suppose I can see that. Still, it seems like a lot of leaves being used for such a small cup of tea. Variety of tea finds analogy in the rang...
by bentz98125
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: The Banko thread
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: The Banko thread

I have owned two, both of which unfortunately broke due operator error. I have tried to wean myself off unglazed purple banko clay for fear of possible heavy handed effects on flavor. But every time, side by side tests have resulted in either neutral or positive results. So much so that if my brewin...