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by Baisao
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resting Water
Replies: 26
Views: 1669

Re: Resting Water

Speaking on water filtration, I have discovered several RO systems for under-the-sink use. There are some affordable options. The benefits of filtering fluorine, chlorine, and bromine, amongst other contaminants would be well worth the additional cost up front. The chemical concoction that is tap w...
by Baisao
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resting Water
Replies: 26
Views: 1669

Re: Resting Water

faj, I test all my teaware with led test kits. My concern does extend to teapots but I am not accusing any teaware makers. Out of curiosity, have you had any test come out positive? Are you using the kind of small swabs they sell to test for lead on painted surfaces? Along these lines but tangentia...
by Baisao
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resting Water
Replies: 26
Views: 1669

Re: Resting Water

faj, I test all my teaware with led test kits. My concern does extend to teapots but I am not accusing any teaware makers. Out of curiosity, have you had any test come out positive? Are you using the kind of small swabs they sell to test for lead on painted surfaces? No positives yet. I use the swa...
by Baisao
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resting Water
Replies: 26
Views: 1669

Re: Resting Water

Baisao faj You guys/gals are freaking me out. First I have to worry about pesticides in my teas. Now I have to worry about lead in my pottery. Don’t buy cheap teas and teaware. Use a lead test kit. How safe do you feel about any unregulated, untested products? I wonder if there is a coffee forum li...
by Baisao
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resting Water
Replies: 26
Views: 1669

Re: Resting Water

@faj, I test all my teaware with led test kits. My concern does extend to teapots but I am not accusing any teaware makers. I’m vigilant because I’ve seen first hand what lead does to people’s minds over time. If not for that, I would probably not give it a second thought.
by Baisao
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resting Water
Replies: 26
Views: 1669

Re: Resting Water

When I hear about pottery making water sweeter, my first concern is lead. It’s known to make things sweet and was the world’s first low calorie sweetener.
by Baisao
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resting Water
Replies: 26
Views: 1669

Re: Resting Water

faj , you are correct. It is chloramine. Letting tap rest helps it off gas. My experience with Brita filters has not been so good but I didn’t let the water from them rest overnight. The water tasted good most of the time but out of nowhere I would get a strange chemical aroma. I used it once and t...
by Baisao
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: The (Western) Yixing market
Replies: 138
Views: 23006

Re: The (Western) Yixing market

Part of it is also of course for cultural reasons -- a popular artistic shape is the bundle of sticks, I imagine to show that there is strength through solidarity, but a bundle of sticks has a slang meaning in America that would be immediately picked up by their friends. :) What does Milo Yiannopou...
by Baisao
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 110
Views: 12244

Re: Mei leaf

Jeanbb , you should re-read what I wrote. My comment was is not about Mei Leaf but about “...the harm in drinking mediocre or bad teas.” Yes, a friend of mine died of stomach cancer at too young an age and it did prompt me to consider if it was from tasting teas over decades that were improperly pr...
by Baisao
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 63
Views: 7470

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

The first part is what interests me. I apprecitate your Zen Buddhist perspective because your description of it matches my own sensibilies. But what intrigues me is the possiblility that somewhere, sometime there was or is a community of people for whom tea drinking was or is so important that they...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 63
Views: 7470

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

Speaking of which, just saw this one the other day. "If the tea becomes real, we become real. When we are able to truly meet the tea, at that very moment we are truly alive." - Thich Nhat Hanh https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3598040063556832&id=319228401438031 But it’s not just te...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 63
Views: 7470

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

Speaking of which, just saw this one the other day. "If the tea becomes real, we become real. When we are able to truly meet the tea, at that very moment we are truly alive." - Thich Nhat Hanh https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3598040063556832&id=319228401438031 But it’s not just te...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 63
Views: 7470

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

"Maybe it is as simple as the ancient Japanese proverb that someone without tea in them is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. To chajin, this is the way (and the why) of tea There are two parts to the proverb. The first part asserts that “ someone without tea in them is incapable of under...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 1431

Re: Tasting tea structurally

I was an absentheur in the 90s and would noodle on the aromas of illicitly made absinthes trying to determine what aromatics had been used in each batch of absinthe I tried. I did a similar thing with gins. It was my passion and the passion of others in a similar online group of friendly enthusiasts...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 1431

Re: Tasting tea structurally

Body feel is consistent for me per tea, and each tea is unique. For example, while I may expect every hong shui to have a gently relaxing feeling, each hong shui will have a unique complex of sensations. I don't know why and I don't know why some people don't feel tea this way, but I can guess. In r...