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by debunix
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Floating Leaves : High Mountain Blind Tasting Sampler
Replies: 28
Views: 1054

Re: Floating Leaves : High Mountain Blind Tasting Sampler

I got them all wrong.... First tasting session, improvised/grandpa style Sample B had the richest scent from the freshly opened packet, but all had that delightful warm summer meadow note that is so mellow and comforting. I didn't have a scale with me, so I tried to more or less match about 6 rolled...
by debunix
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 452
Views: 52595

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Fascinating cup to enhance your tea enjoyment. I'm enjoying Obubu's Kabuse sencha this morning, sweet, vegetal, delicate, so fine, from Ginkgo's 'granite' yunomi. These are not from today's session, but are of this complexly glazed cup. I call it 'granite' because the bits of color inclusions remind...
by debunix
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Floating Leaves : High Mountain Blind Tasting Sampler
Replies: 28
Views: 1054

Re: Floating Leaves : High Mountain Blind Tasting Sampler

Still didn't get the trial perfect, because I used too little water in the gaiwans for the quantity of leaf, trying to avoid drinking too much later in the evening, and the over concentrated first infusions, while delicious, masked some of the distinctions between the different samples. I used 1.0 g...
by debunix
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tea when you travel
Replies: 18
Views: 794

Re: tea when you travel

You figured out a way to make tea on a plane!!?? Please tell us! Nothing as cool as that. But longer flights, for me, usually go along with more concern for weight and volume of luggage.....so I don't want to bring my regular kettle, that I do travel with on road trips. For the actual flying part o...
by debunix
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Floating Leaves : High Mountain Blind Tasting Sampler
Replies: 28
Views: 1054

Re: Floating Leaves : High Mountain Blind Tasting Sampler

This evening I'm going to do another small session, but this time with a scale, to be sure that my first impression's weren't biased by the actual quantity of tea that I used.
by debunix
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tea when you travel
Replies: 18
Views: 794

Re: tea when you travel

I've used an immersion heater, but that required traveling with a glass or ceramic mug, or a glass pitcher, and it was really no smaller/lighter than bringing this cheap, light and sturdy kettle. It has little to recommend it aside from those qualities, but they are useful on long flights.
by debunix
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 585
Views: 68848

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

This is inspiring. I feel like I should go back and revisit some of my puerh at least once a year, in some semi-organized way, with notes.
by debunix
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 452
Views: 52595

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

An Ji Bai Cha, from Norbu. Always so nice to come back to this tea, warm and vegetal and floral and delicious.
by debunix
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 911
Views: 87539

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Norbu's Red Alishan oolong, such a reliably lovely tea, drinking leftovers from yesterday's giant thermos (the 2L bottle) that I brought to work, and, despite a 12hour plus day, didn't finish there. This '24 hour' infusion is lukewarm, fine for a warm summery morning (tank top and shorts weather in ...
by debunix
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Floating Leaves : High Mountain Blind Tasting Sampler
Replies: 28
Views: 1054

Re: Floating Leaves : High Mountain Blind Tasting Sampler

Sometimes you have to improvise. I didn't have available the usual tools for a proper tasting session with weighed tea, matching porcelain gaiwans and cups, so I did the best I could with available resources: I infused leaves in matching glass cups grandpa-style, and these splendid teas rose to the ...
by debunix
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Acaia Scale
Replies: 10
Views: 390

Re: Acaia Scale

I weighed my leaves often for probably 2-3 years before I was comfortable starting a new tea (albeit of a familiar type) without weighing he leaves for that first infusion. It took dedicated practice to 'calibrate' my eye.
by debunix
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Acaia Scale
Replies: 10
Views: 390

Re: Acaia Scale

I only use my little scales when weighing tea leaves for a formal tasting that I'm going to post about, and they're too small to weigh the liquid as well as the tea leaves; if I'm trying to quantitate the liquid portion, I usually rely on measuring the volume of the brewing vessel by weight from pre...
by debunix
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 227
Views: 26531

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

No idea how to judge lead risk of glaze without a chemical test....I have plenty of cups with crackles and other interruptions to their glaze, but they're all from potters I trust to not use any leaded glaze. https://live.staticflickr.com/4630/39681572455_8d4fe2582c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com...
by debunix
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Feedback
Topic: Push notifications -- a useful feature?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Push notifications -- a useful feature?

I come to Tea Forum when I'm drinking tea and have time; push notifications would feel like an annoying nag. I turn that option off most places where I can, don't let my mail beep at me when new messages arrive, etc. As long as I can turn it off, I don't mind if others want it, but I prefer not to b...