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by tealifehk
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: In search of the daily RouGui
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Re: In search of the daily RouGui

I currently have a good, clean (pesticide tested) Banyan Rougui from 2017. It's $0.48 per gram before the 18% discount I'm currently running. IMO it would make a great daily drinker!

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by tealifehk
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 74
Views: 4608

Re: Musings on Dancong…

Right, I've had fragranced teas that people ten feet away could smell! That's when you know you have a serious issue. :D How about those dancong that have evolved into a dancong that can be smelled all over the room? In 2016 have had some high grade medium roast dancong which came with very subtle ...
by tealifehk
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 74
Views: 4608

Re: Musings on Dancong…

A good way to gauge if dancong has been fragranced is if it smells like anything dry. Good dancong often has very little aroma dry. Once the water hits it...boom! I enjoy sniffing the first-opened Dancong tea pouches from Tea Habitat before I've removed any tea. It often gives a nice preview of wha...
by tealifehk
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Longevity of Tea Leaves: Sustaining Multiple Steeps
Replies: 15
Views: 1173

Re: Longevity of Tea Leaves: Sustaining Multiple Steeps

As a general rule, better quality tea can be steeped more times than other teas of the same type. I no longer overnight brew (I haven't done that for several years), and I try not to leave tea overnight as often it seems to lose a lot after the overnight rest. Some teas just die if left overnight (s...
by tealifehk
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing Cleaning Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1218

Re: Yixing Cleaning Advice

So there's been a fair bit of attention around this thread today: I want to add that I've since tried ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and sodium perchlorite. Bleach works the best, hands down. The other solvents will have varying degrees of utility. Ethanol and isopropyl will remove ce...
by tealifehk
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 74
Views: 4608

Re: Musings on Dancong…

Here's my CZ pot! I really wouldn't put any fine dancong in it. I'd be more apt to use Yixing hongni, but even then, I'd prefer porcelain for the good stuff since the good stuff is so complex and really doesn't need any kind of muting.

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by tealifehk
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 74
Views: 4608

Re: Musings on Dancong…

:D :D I tend to use a gaiwan for dancong brewing. I do have a very nice Chaozhou pot made by a renowned artist, but I feel it takes away too much from good dancong. For lower grade dancong, it really helps make the tea much more approachable. Got pictures of that pot? Would love to see a well design...
by tealifehk
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 74
Views: 4608

Re: Musings on Dancong…

A good way to gauge if dancong has been fragranced is if it smells like anything dry. Good dancong often has very little aroma dry. Once the water hits it...boom! I tend to use a gaiwan for dancong brewing. I do have a very nice Chaozhou pot made by a renowned artist, but I feel it takes away too mu...
by tealifehk
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rethinking the appropriate size of pots
Replies: 42
Views: 2370

Re: Rethinking the appropriate size of pots

Here in Hong Kong, a few of my dealers only use Green Label or older Factory 1 pots for sessions. One dealer exclusively uses hongni, even for the oldest pu erh! The other family use 140ml shuipings for high fire oolong, and I've done the same ever since they introduced me to brewing gongfucha with ...
by tealifehk
Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Suitability of (this) high-fired hongni for mid/aged sheng?
Replies: 16
Views: 1162

Re: Suitability of (this) high-fired hongni for mid/aged sheng?

Come to think of it: you're right. I'm just very reluctant to use JB Weld on teaware, but considering it's on the outside rim of the lid, it's probably fine! I did some home 'kintsugi' with gold powder and JB Weld on chipped porcelain cups (and a gaiwan). That lid might look nice with a little gold ...
by tealifehk
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Suitability of (this) high-fired hongni for mid/aged sheng?
Replies: 16
Views: 1162

Re: Suitability of (this) high-fired hongni for mid/aged sheng?

I personally would not have put the JB Weld on. Now you are probably getting a dose of BPA with every infusion!
by tealifehk
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Is Yixing more porous than CZ??
Replies: 140
Views: 4529

Re: Is Yixing more porous than CZ??

IMO CZ clay can really help smooth out lower to medium grade dancong, but it's better suited to high fire oolongs. Good dancong is definitely a gaiwan tea for me!
by tealifehk
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Toss the scraps from your cake?
Replies: 11
Views: 893

Re: Toss the scraps from your cake?

I put the dust under larger chunks, and make my first infusion or two quick. Works well and doesn't get too astringent if you aren't brewing for 30 seconds to a minute right away!
by tealifehk
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Accelerated seasoning success
Replies: 49
Views: 2821

Re: Accelerated seasoning success

Does Chawangshop sell lead glazed wares? Not sure I've seen those on the site. This ones are pretty good candidates for leaching lead: https://www.chawangshop.com/tea-hardware/vintage-famille-rose-cup-butterflies-and-flowers-35ml.html Vintage, thick overglaze and also drawings on the inside. I have...
by tealifehk
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Tea Vendors
Topic: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!
Replies: 39
Views: 3629

Re: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!

I joined the very talented Max Falkowitz for dim sum earlier this year. Check out his great article on dim sum in HK!

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