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by theredbaron
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Backwards-handle "teapots"? (倒把西施)
Replies: 25
Views: 1576

Re: Backwards-handle "teapots"? (倒把西施)

S_B interesting! First time I heard this actually being done. And no offence to your grandfather! None at all! I've seen a few other gentlemen his age do it, though admittedly usually it was at home. It might be more common in parks or public areas in China(?) but I've never actually been. When i w...
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Has anyone every drunk tea from a well seasoned yixing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1790

Re: Has anyone every drank tea from a well seasoned yixing?

swordofmytriumph wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:28 am


My mom is always asking me how long to steep her black tea and I can never tell her because I always do it by smell.
That is the Gong Fu of tea - years and years of experience by trial and error until the mechanics of it become an automatic process :)
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Has anyone every drunk tea from a well seasoned yixing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1790

Re: Has anyone every drank tea from a well seasoned yixing?

That's a really cool thought, for some reason it never occurred to me to be scientific about it. Also how it feels in my hand factors into things too. Thank you :) I just communicate what i was taught by my teacher about cups. I would not exactly call it scientific, just a way to train your senses....
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Has anyone every drunk tea from a well seasoned yixing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1790

Re: Has anyone every drank tea from a well seasoned yixing?

Yeah I never do a side by side with different cups cause of that. Ironically, I am 99% certain that the biggest part of that isn't the cup itself but my perception of that cup that influences my impression. Tea drunk out of my favorite cup will always taste better than if I drunk it out of another ...
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Has anyone every drunk tea from a well seasoned yixing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1790

Re: Has anyone every drank tea from a well seasoned yixing?

IMHO the piece of teaware that matters most is the cup. Trying the same tea side by side with different cups will reveal a huge difference between them. I tend to agree. Cups make quite a difference. My favorite cups for most teas are two ming dynasty shipwreck cups, one a perfect match with for 60...
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Has anyone every drunk tea from a well seasoned yixing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1790

Re: Has anyone every drank tea from a well seasoned yixing?

See this is what I'm curious about. How do people who steep their tea in RO water not have really boring flat tea? Well, i don't ;) I always try different mineral waters available in the markets (i don't not live close to a natural spring that is suitable for tea), and use them. Where i live now, M...
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Has anyone every drunk tea from a well seasoned yixing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1790

Re: Has anyone every drank tea from a well seasoned yixing?

How do you think about what tea is best for what clay. Are there general guidelines? In this discussion it has to be pointed out however that quality of tea and especially water are far more important factors than which clay you are using in the pot you are brewing in. Another factor as well is the...
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Has anyone every drunk tea from a well seasoned yixing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1790

Re: Has anyone every drank tea from a well seasoned yixing?

It's easy to compare how the tea stains on the inside of your pot changes the taste of something. Just add boiling distilled water into the pot, then keep it in for 1-3 minutes, your max infusion time. Meanwhile add the same water into a glass cup too. After the time is up pour the water into a sim...
by theredbaron
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Has anyone every drunk tea from a well seasoned yixing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1790

Re: Has anyone every drank tea from a well seasoned yixing?

I would say in general it matters yes and in particular, it depends. In general, broad categories of tea I would separate: dark/roasted, lightly processed. I do agree. Sometimes people do take it a bit too serious. One does not need to use a pot for one tea exclusively, broad categories are suffici...
by theredbaron
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2895
Views: 185580

Re: Yixing

Mark-S wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:41 am
theredbaron
Here are the pictures of the set as promised :) Hopefully, they are detailed enough. I took them with my smartphone.
The set looks the same as mine :)
by theredbaron
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2895
Views: 185580

Re: Yixing

How did you happen to pair it with black tea? Interesting choice 🍃. Mostly just by size and function. It s bigger than most of my other teapots, and i usually do not gong fu black tea, and it just felt right. When i bought it at the flea market it was almost unused, no tea stains or patina yet. I a...
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2895
Views: 185580

Re: Yixing

Beautiful! I am still searching for this style. I have bought this cup set last week. I can show you more pictures soon. Mine is from green label period. Yours is probably too. Thank you :) After i rediscovered my pot, i have had a look at auction sites, and was quite shocked about the prices :o :D
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2895
Views: 185580

Re: Yixing

Here some pics from a catalogue
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2895
Views: 185580

Re: Yixing

and the stamp on the lid
by theredbaron
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2895
Views: 185580

Re: Yixing

Here is a fleemarket find from last summer.
Initially i thought this might have been made for a western market, but then saw it in a factory one catalogue. Maybe green sticker period? Anybody maybe could tell me more about it?
I use it now for Red/Black tea