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by mbanu
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Jadey Mai / teapot-collection.com / AuthenticYixing.com?
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Jadey Mai / teapot-collection.com / AuthenticYixing.com?

Anyone have any experience with this vendor? They've been around since 2004, and there was some early chit-chat about it on TeaChat, but not much else.
by mbanu
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's this whole teaism things about
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: What's this whole teaism things about

It is either a bad translation or a re-branding, depending on if you are a pessimist. :) Teaism is 茶道, "The Tao of Tea", "The Way of Tea", "The Path of Tea", etc. It usually refers to a way of making tea that focuses on the ritualistic parts. The Tao of Tea is associated with 70s New Age mysticism i...
by mbanu
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Date this old TGY
Replies: 6
Views: 109

Re: Date this old TGY

Strictly speaking the only way to verify the age of the tea is to track its provenance. We can verify the age of the box, but it's just a box; there is nothing to prevent someone from putting a foil-lined pouch of tea inside if they think it will cause the tea to be sold more quickly or for more mon...
by mbanu
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Stephen Chao and the history of Eastrise / East Horizon / Foojoy?
Replies: 0
Views: 59

Stephen Chao and the history of Eastrise / East Horizon / Foojoy?

Foojoy was an early influencer on American tea and has been around since the 1970s, but they don't seem to get mentioned much for some reason. Does anyone know anything about the back-story behind this tea company? The only info I've found was that it was started by Stephen Chao, a Hong Kong native.
by mbanu
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: What are your favorite places to buy online?
Replies: 14
Views: 437

Re: What are your favorite places to buy online?

A first good step is to be clear with yourself over what you mean, as the clearer you can be, the easier things become. Like what do you mean by western teas? If a sweaty American Southerner asked for a glass of tea and you gave them hot Assam with milk, or a Brit asked for tea and was given a tea s...
by mbanu
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Silver teaware
Replies: 24
Views: 2911

Re: Silver teaware

It looks like Kit Chow and Ione Kramer mention Yixing as reactionary in their book, All The Tea In China, where they say, "The pots were soon taken up particularly by the officials and literati. This was probably a gesture to set themselves apart from the court, which used fine porcelain, and the v...
by mbanu
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Silver teaware
Replies: 24
Views: 2911

Re: Silver teaware

It looks like Kit Chow and Ione Kramer mention Yixing as reactionary in their book, All The Tea In China, where they say, "The pots were soon taken up particularly by the officials and literati. This was probably a gesture to set themselves apart from the court, which used fine porcelain, and the vu...
by mbanu
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Silver teaware
Replies: 24
Views: 2911

Re: Silver teaware

I first heard about the elemental theory belief from the blog of Imperial Tea Court, Roy Fong's teahouse: http://blog.imperialtea.com/2009/10/breaking-rules-with-little-silver.html John Blofeld briefly mentioned this in his 1985 book The Chinese Art of Tea: "The preference of T'ang aristocrats for g...
by mbanu
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Silver teaware
Replies: 24
Views: 2911

Re: Silver teaware

Not only do they retain heat very well but they also make everything brighter, (more pronounced). Even without a pot a simple silver cup can really make a tea shine, (pun intended). Mm I am a bit surprised that you found silver to retain heat well, since it is the metal with highest thermal conduct...
by mbanu
Sun May 31, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?
Replies: 22
Views: 713

Re: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?

Intuitively, I would say that, by an order of magnitude at least, evaporative cooling of the leaves is going to be a much more powerful driver for cooling them than reducing the temperature of the pot (which reduces heat transfer by contact, convection and radiation). That will be especially true f...
by mbanu
Sun May 31, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?
Replies: 22
Views: 713

Re: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?

Bok , a bit of reverse-engineering, I guess. We know the two goals, which are to keep the pot warm when it is brewing tea, and to keep the leaves cool when it is not, and we have the tools. What actually started me on it was re-reading John Blofeld's old book. When he described his gongfu set back ...
by mbanu
Sun May 31, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?
Replies: 22
Views: 713

Re: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?

So there is tea rinsewater and fresh boiling water. These are used at different times. When you brew, you want the teapot to be a certain temperature, but when you are not brewing, you want it to cool as quickly as possible to keep the leaves from stewing. So the cycle would be something like: 1. Pr...
by mbanu
Wed May 27, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Popularity of Tea - Forums and other Outlets
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: Popularity of Tea - Forums and other Outlets

Part of the difference is that tea goes stale, while music does not. ;) A common mistake when people first get into tea is to buy too much, then they end up with pounds of flat tea. Teaware doesn't have this problem, so a common trick is to channel the urge to buy tea into buying teaware. It is also...
by mbanu
Mon May 25, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing and Thailand?
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Yixing and Thailand?

Does anyone know the story behind why there is a connection? I've heard a lot of "just-so" stories, such as that Thailand preferred burnished Yixing, and that the Yixing teapots with metal rims, etc. often ended up there because teasets with precious metal in them were not considered sophisticated, ...
by mbanu
Sun May 17, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What happened to Kit Boey Chow?
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: What happened to Kit Boey Chow?

No luck, but WorldCat gives his birth year as 1938, so he would be around 82 now, if still alive.