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by Vanenbw
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1247
Views: 165757

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Thank you for the tip, Victoria . I placed the leaves on a paper towel and patted it. It didn't completely dry. I hadn't considered doing an extended steep. I thought it would end up bitter. If you tried that with sencha, I would think the long steep would render it undrinkable. I'll have to try tha...
by Vanenbw
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1247
Views: 165757

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

I'm sampling a light roast tieguanyin anxi oolong tea from Red Blossom. I'm about on the 5th or 6th infusion. I had a few cups earlier today, then dried the leaves and put them in the refrigerator. They seemed to preserve okay for the next several hours. The tea has a thickness to it, almost like a ...
by Vanenbw
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Herbal Tea
Topic: Sample tea from Verdant
Replies: 8
Views: 489

Re: Sample tea from Verdant

It is an interesting wager, but I cannot say what I will do. The yabao tea I was not crazy about. It didn't taste much different than chamomile, which is a tea I never truly enjoyed, but drank once in awhile either to relax me or settle my stomach. I also tried a sample this afternoon from Red Bloss...
by Vanenbw
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Herbal Tea
Topic: Sample tea from Verdant
Replies: 8
Views: 489

Re: Sample tea from Verdant

No, not bad at all. I also received a few samples with my Hojo order (my kobiwako houhin arrived today). The samples are of Chinese teas, so I will probably brew them in the gaiwan since my kyusu pots and houhin are dedicated to Japanese greens.
by Vanenbw
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 1102

Re: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations

Thanks to everyone for these postings, and thank you, Victoria for starting the thread. There were a few vendors I didn't yet know about. I purchased my first kyusu from https://www.hibiki-an.com/ . I followed up with a purchase of porcelain cups, a sami scooping spoon, and a yuzamashi. The service ...
by Vanenbw
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Herbal Tea
Topic: Sample tea from Verdant
Replies: 8
Views: 489

Sample tea from Verdant

I purchased 5 sample teas for $5 from Verdant. It's an offer for first-time customers. The first tea that I tried is a Yabao tea, which I believe is an herbal tea. The flavor is reminiscent of chamomile. Most of the time I drink only sencha, but I have been wanting to try some Chinese or Tawainese t...
by Vanenbw
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Disrespect your tea
Replies: 14
Views: 1098

Re: Disrespect your tea

One should not approach tea with fear or trepidation lest they should "screw up" a brew of expensive tea. My thought if that if you are so nervous about not brewing an expensive tea correctly, then don't even drink it, because the reason for drinking tea in the first place should come from a place o...
by Vanenbw
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103667

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Thank you, @Jo. I love the hagi cups. What size are they, approximately? Finding the right cups to drink from is so important, isn't it? I love my new Arita-yaki cup from O-cha. It truly enhances my cup of tea. I'm drinking some sencha from it right now. Thanks for sharing the photo. I love it.
by Vanenbw
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Archived Swaps
Topic: Yamada Sou Mayake Kyusu
Replies: 30
Views: 1743

Re: Yamada Sou Mayake Kyusu

I reckon it's healthier than some other addictions.
by Vanenbw
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Gaiwan
Replies: 27
Views: 3049

Re: Gaiwan

Nice. I just happen to be watching a video on Red Blossom's YouTube channel now called Intro to Celadon.
by Vanenbw
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Gaiwan
Replies: 27
Views: 3049

Re: Gaiwan

I'll be brewing oolong for the most part, its my fav. I see we both got an electric kettle at the same time and now going toward gong fu brewing at the same time. Do you have too many samples like I do at the moment? I picked up a cute 100ml Little Horseshoe Tianbai Jingdezhen Porcelain Gaiwan from...
by Vanenbw
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103667

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

I'm enjoying some Sae Midori Asamuchi from O-cha in my new 160ml yohen mogake hiramaru kyusu teapot by Hiroshi Mizuno from Artistic Nippon. I decided to try something different tonight. I watched one of Akira Hojo's videos on brewing green tea on his YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by Vanenbw
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103667

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Very nice. I've been eyeing a Hagi cup for myself. When I first saw one I thought, It's sort of monstrous now, isn't it? But no, it's quite beautiful in it's organic imperfection. I really do like the Hagiware. Seems like a lot of things are starting to grow on me lately. When I first saw the kobiwa...
by Vanenbw
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103667

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

When in doubt though with a new very fine needle sencha I usually reach for my Gyokuro sesame filter kyusu that pours like a ferrari. That's a very nice looking kyusu, and I love the photograph. What size is it? Based on what I'm seeing in the photograph, I'm guessing you stacked your infusions and...
by Vanenbw
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103667

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Sae Midori from O-Cha served in our wintry, white Kairagi Hagi cups by Kashun, brewed in one of our 260 Mil Yamada Sou direct wall filter kyusu. This kyusu pours 100 percent times better than the Guisi used yesterday. Yesterday, Chip used a Guisi direct wall ... not the perfect pour for fukamushi, ...