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by faj
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: ISO: Teas We Like (TWL) Group Buy
Replies: 11
Views: 1819

Re: ISO: Teas We Like (TWL) Group Buy

I would seriously consider buying an entire piece instead of breaking it up in a group buy. There can be group buys of people purchasing entire pieces, those are not opposites. For less experienced people like me, the process of seeing tea selection discussed, recommendations being made, and eventu...
by faj
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free Shippng
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Free Shippng

If I miss something , please do correct me, I'd be very happy to improve our business model and start to play this game as well ..if this is what general tea drinker want. If asked, buyers would probably say that they would rather know the value of the tea separate from the value of shipping. But h...
by faj
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3171
Views: 277558

Re: Yixing

Yes. It’s the same pot but not that pot. She only made a few pieces. 2 made it to Malaysia. Belongs to a collector buddy of mine. That sure is a beautiful teapot, with lines both pure and simple yet something inherently complex, feeling a bit like a Moebius ring. A buddy that lets you actually touc...
by faj
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Yee On Tea Co. - 義安茶莊
Replies: 23
Views: 837

Re: Yee On Tea Co. - 義安茶莊

Checking both is definitely the safest bet. That being said, I'd like to see an example of a store that charges in foreign currencies at below market conversion rates. There is a store known to members that I will not name because I would rather things stay the way they are, but I just checked and ...
by faj
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Yee On Tea Co. - 義安茶莊
Replies: 23
Views: 837

Re: Yee On Tea Co. - 義安茶莊

Actually, in my experience this is a good tip for all internet shopping. Always buy in the currency of the shop's country (and let neither the shop's site nor PayPal do the currency conversion for you). Try to compare prices at Thés du Japon in JPY and USD, for instance :) I will add to this. First...
by faj
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3171
Views: 277558

Re: Yixing

Having a go with the real deal.... sharing some exhilarating moments with a legendary piece. One of the very few that was ever made by Master Wang Yin-Xian 汪寅仙. You mean one like this? https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/contemporary-clay-yixing-pottery-irving-collection/compressed-yixing-teapot-cov...
by faj
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Liu Bao recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 507

Re: Liu Bao recommendations

So what's the LB of Maple Syrup? The earthiness darkest yummiest example there is!... Gosh this is another gonna be another rabbit hole... I would not say that maple syrup is as deep a rabbit hole as tea. On the other hand, it is not as widespread either, I guess. Probably expensive too at retail i...
by faj
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Liu Bao recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 507

Re: Liu Bao recommendations

or send me some maple syrup or some such IMG_0519.JPG You mean that stuff? :mrgreen: I was tempted to joke in a previous message that sourcing Liu Bao here is like sourcing maple syrup in your corner of the world, but was not sure you would know what I was talking about... Well, I stand corrected. ...
by faj
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Liu Bao recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 507

Re: Liu Bao recommendations

The 15 year LB from KG isn't out of stock as far as I know. Let me check with them when I see them tomorrow. Even after decades of using the Internet, it is still funny to see that although we share the Forum as a virtual space, what for me would be a trip to the other end of the world is just a da...
by faj
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Liu Bao recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 507

Re: Liu Bao recommendations

Kean Guan in your list above carries their own lines of commissioned LB from CNNP/Duoteli. Their 15 year (2005) LB in 300g packs is excellent excellent value and a clear example of well stored Malaysian LB. That tea seems to be out of stock for now, and the cost of shipping to Canada is at least tw...
by faj
Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Liu Bao recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 507

Re: Liu Bao recommendations

I feel like once I started primarily drinking LB I had to change my ideas about brewing significantly. Do you only mean "not expecting as many infusions", or do you mean changing your technique? also I don't know cost wise how it is for you to get shipping to Canada from them, but Lao Shop is also ...
by faj
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Liu Bao recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 507

Re: Liu Bao recommendations

Kean Guan in your list above carries their own lines of commissioned LB from CNNP/Duoteli. Their 15 year (2005) LB in 300g packs is excellent excellent value and a clear example of well stored Malaysian LB. Legend of Tea pretty much specialises in LB and I stocked up nicely the last time I visited ...
by faj
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Liu Bao recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 507

Re: Liu Bao recommendations

Both of these are excellent teas. https://teaswelike.com/product-category/liubao/ Thanks for mentioning that. Last time I checked, the Malaysian commission was just back in stock and the set I think was out of stock, so I did not list TWL above, but maybe I should have. I might or might not already...
by faj
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Liu Bao recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 507

Re: Liu Bao recommendations

Thanks wave_code for your feedback. I've had productions that weren't as good as others, or that maybe still needed some significant aging or saw some less than ideal storage Do you find meaningful differences with Liu Bao that has a bit of age? Essence of Tea carries a few LB from several decades p...
by faj
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Liu Bao recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 507

Liu Bao recommendations

After going through the Liu Bao samples I purchased from Essence of Tea, which were a very enjoyable first experience with LB, I feel ready for further exploration. I have not seen that many Liu Bao vendors mentioned on the forum, and have not been able to find threads discussing recommendations (so...