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by tjkdubya
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Inherited mystery puerh
Replies: 14
Views: 497

Re: Inherited mystery puerh

by tjkdubya
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Taiwanese Old Growth Tea Theft
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: Taiwanese Old Growth Tea Theft

Mountain Stream Teas thank you for the info. It's interesting to think about what "ownership" means for wild trees and nature in general, for that matter. Hopefully there can be a framework in place for the aborigines to benefit as a community from what their land produces. This makes me more curio...
by tjkdubya
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Taiwanese Old Growth Tea Theft
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: Taiwanese Old Growth Tea Theft

How does this leasing system work, whereby outside people can come to own the right to harvest from aboriginal land?

@Mountain Stream Teas, your partner farmer is paying ... the Taiwanese government? the aborigines?
by tjkdubya
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Thunderbolt Tea
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Thunderbolt Tea

by tjkdubya
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Thunderbolt Tea
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Thunderbolt Tea

Has anyone else who ordered in early Oct received their order, or at least gotten confirmation of shipping? I've message them 3 times now, each time met with silence. But I did receive an auto-email from them today asking whether I could take a minute to review the teas I ordered, for the benefit of...
by tjkdubya
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?
Replies: 43
Views: 2005

Re: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?

Seems to me their Yancha sources have dried up, they used to have a much larger selection... It's not that our source had dried up. We felt the quality of the tea from the Huang family (RuiQuan) was getting worse as time went on & began looking for new farmers to work with. We didn't feel comfortab...
by tjkdubya
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?
Replies: 43
Views: 2005

Re: 2019 from Wuyi Origin?

Jotting down a few thoughts after visiting with Wuyi Origin recently...

by tjkdubya
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 440
Views: 60992

Re: Yixing

The popular IG vendor Yinchen has a website now, and has posted some detailed info about each of the clay they use, including mine, pic of original ore, firing temperature range, shrinkage rate, and photos of test tiles fired at different temperatures. http://yinchenteapot.com/Blog.html I'm not in ...
by tjkdubya
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?
Replies: 32
Views: 1129

Re: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?

@phyllsheng Gastronomica! A fantastic publication. Wish there was something of that sort of bend, and level of quality, on tea.
by tjkdubya
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Always boil water?
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Always boil water?

None of this can tell you which water is "better." We can talk about how the world works, how water chemistry affects tea brewing, etc., but at the end of the day which water tastes "good" with which kind of tea is a subjective decision, on a personal level and perhaps on a cultural snowball level. ...
by tjkdubya
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Always boil water?
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Always boil water?

Fully boiling helps to precipitate the dissolved bicarbonates into insoluble carbonates (they "fall out" of the solution), reducing the hardness of water. See "temporary hardness" section here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_water This is also why pre-boil TDS numbers do not always tell the st...
by tjkdubya
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1111
Views: 134343

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

@Bok one of the best teas I've had the last couple years was a baijiguan, a 2011. With some careful age on it, it was gorgeous. Yes, out of my league... Well, a tea like that once a year, maybe doable. How to forget something unforgettable?
by tjkdubya
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?
Replies: 32
Views: 1129

Re: Chaozhou style brewing: wet or dry?

re: heft and thickness of brewing vessel, the answer is always "depends" on the tea you want to brew with it. High-fired yancha's and rolled oolongs...thicker. Dancong and qingxiang style oolongs, I'd say light(er) and thin(ner). Having said that, thin or thick, light or heavy,...whatever tea is in...
by tjkdubya
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Not my teaware but I'm looking for it
Replies: 12
Views: 521

Re: Not my teaware but I'm looking for it

I'm not sure if the term "hand-pressing" cup implies how flat or tall it is, though, other than how the width of the cup presses into the hand...
by tjkdubya
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Not my teaware but I'm looking for it
Replies: 12
Views: 521

Re: Not my teaware but I'm looking for it

Found a cup at the local shop that's closer to what I'm looking for. It's part of an "easy gaiwan" + cups set that I have no use for, but the shape is perfect. Do you know if this style has a specific name? Hmm, I don't know about the one you're holding but the cups in the Tea Masters photos are a ...