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by Noonie
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Palate for Green(er) Tea
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Palate for Green(er) Tea

I drink mainly Sencha, Matcha and high mountain Oolong. I recently placed a large order with a local vendor who was having a sale, so I bought some white tea (first time) and varieties of Wuyi. I’ve had Wuyi before, and generally like it. After several days of drinking Wuyi, I must say that my palet...
by Noonie
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 936
Views: 159183

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Typically at least 5 enjoyable steeps. Very easy brewer ... I tend to go on the stronger side and a touch cooler. Regional spring water. 1.5 grams to 1 ounce (30 ml) water. Probably around 155° for about a minute. Chip - can you share with us your temp/time for each of the next 4 steeps? I typicall...
by Noonie
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What do you guys brew high mountain/greener oolongs in?
Replies: 10
Views: 2775

Re: What do you guys brew high mountain/greener oolongs in?

Psyck wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:12 am
Stick to thin porcelain.
I agree
by Noonie
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travel Tea Set
Replies: 34
Views: 7343

Re: Travel Tea Set

I've bought several versions of travel sets that have their own case and padding for a gaiwain or shiboridashi and cups; but I have come to prefer my simple and sturdy Kamjove plastic gongfu infuser, plus a camp mug, and a simple electric kettle that only boils water. They're sturdy, inexepensive, ...
by Noonie
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Japanese Vendors
Replies: 4
Views: 1751

Japanese Vendors

My go-to vendors are Maiko, O-Cha and Thes Du Japon.

I tried a few others but didn’t find their quality to price ratio on par with these vendors.

Any other vendors worth considering?
by Noonie
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travel Tea Set
Replies: 34
Views: 7343

Travel Tea Set

I’m thinking of building up a tea set for when I travel. First off, this is mainly for hotels in North America and the Caribbean...so i have access to bottled water, I can pick the items safely in a suitcase, and I would be bringing a small kettle. I could either bring a porcelain kyusu or hohin (fo...
by Noonie
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your ideal cup shape for green tea?
Replies: 11
Views: 2907

Re: Your ideal cup shape for green tea?

I’ve had Sencha from a few different cups, though I haven’t tried to compare one to another. I do find the idea of the tall, cylindrical cup giving off more aroma making sense. I have cups that are not as tall and narrow as your first one, but it makes me want to get one like this!
by Noonie
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Vendors with Most Complete Selection
Replies: 3
Views: 1964

Vendors with Most Complete Selection

I would like to add some Japanese teaware (Senchado) to my existing items (kyusu and teacup), though I’m struggling to find a vendor that sells all of the items I wish to purchase. Items include: yuzamashi, kensui, a rest for the lid of the kyusu, a large enough tray to hold all the items; and I don...
by Noonie
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Beyond Tea Enthusiast
Replies: 13
Views: 2907

Re: Beyond Tea Enthusiast

Elise - thanks for sharing, that sounds very interesting.
by Noonie
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Beyond Tea Enthusiast
Replies: 13
Views: 2907

Re: Beyond Tea Enthusiast

Victoria wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:27 pm

p.s. where are you located in Canada?
1 hour north west of Toronto.
by Noonie
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Beyond Tea Enthusiast
Replies: 13
Views: 2907

Re: Beyond Tea Enthusiast

Thanks for feedback so far. To some of the comments: - I'm not looking towards any kind of certification - I do not know anyone 'locally' who is into tea like I am. However, there is a tea expo in Toronto next month that I'm attending, so maybe that will kick-start something - While I love tea ware,...
by Noonie
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Beyond Tea Enthusiast
Replies: 13
Views: 2907

Beyond Tea Enthusiast

I’m looking to add another dimension to my growing experience with tea. I’m in my 40’s with a full time job and family, so this would be something ‘on the side’ that perhaps becomes something more involved in the future. Not looking to make money, rather I want to heighten my experience with tea. I ...
by Noonie
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Experiments with High-Mountain O
Replies: 29
Views: 6040

Re: Experiments with High-Mountain O

This is my go-to parameters for high mountain:

About 1.5 tsp, or cover bottom of 120ml gaiwan

1st and 2nd: 85C, 35s
3rd: 90C 1:00
4th: 95C 1:30
5th: boil 2:00
6th: boil 2:30
7th: boil 3:00

While the last two are fading, they’re still quite flavoured and not astringent.
by Noonie
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Let's speak about Tea-Books
Replies: 10
Views: 2963

Re: Let's speak about Tea-Books

I like have the two English books from this vendor in Quebec (also available in French):

http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/teaware/books
by Noonie
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Taking Notes
Replies: 9
Views: 2622

Re: Taking Notes

Thanks for sharing your methods!

Rui - I love fountain pens ;)