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by tealifehk
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Vacuum sealers?
Replies: 18
Views: 1713

Re: Vacuum sealers?

Please do not use lead caddies, the lead accumulates in your system and can cause serious issues. And they are often nowhere near as good as modern containers as far as quality of seal! How are you tightly sealing your original packs? With tape? I'd wager that the quality of your tea is falling off...
by tealifehk
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: If you don’t have teaware…
Replies: 12
Views: 1018

Re: If you don’t have teaware…

Bok wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:57 am
tealifehk wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:37 am
Cheap porcelain cups are 1 RMB a piece on the Mainland. If I break them I'm out a whole 50 cents US. :D
True that.
Might not be as cheap for someone outside of Asia to acquire ;)
This is true.
by tealifehk
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Vacuum sealers?
Replies: 18
Views: 1713

Re: Vacuum sealers?

Double lidded canisters for many of my oolongs, or even Chinese single lidded canisters that do a great job at keeping tea dry! I also use glass jars (Bormioli). Smaller amounts in bags get the sealing rod treatment or if it's something special I know I won't get to for a while, I go ahead and heat...
by tealifehk
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: If you don’t have teaware…
Replies: 12
Views: 1018

Re: If you don’t have teaware…

I always take a portable teapot in a padded case and this time I took a set of three Chaozhou cups. Carry a little pu in a pouch and buy water and you're set! Mostly I just have one pot with me that I do not care too much about, a little workhorse, cups can be omitted as you’ll always find those. C...
by tealifehk
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 116
Views: 7930

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

lac63 wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:29 pm
I'm profane with blacks,
I have not tasted any yet,
I see good impressions but,
with what do you think I could introduce
for a beginner
Dianhong, jinjunmei and unsmoked lapsang souchong would be my picks! Darjeeling is good too but I think pickings are a bit slim this year (forgive the pun)!
by tealifehk
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Vacuum sealers?
Replies: 18
Views: 1713

Re: Vacuum sealers?

Double lidded canisters for many of my oolongs, or even Chinese single lidded canisters that do a great job at keeping tea dry! I also use glass jars (Bormioli). Smaller amounts in bags get the sealing rod treatment or if it's something special I know I won't get to for a while, I go ahead and heat ...
by tealifehk
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: If you don’t have teaware…
Replies: 12
Views: 1018

Re: If you don’t have teaware…

I only really had one concerning moment; right after independence was declared, the streets started filling up with people with Catalan flags. I was wondering how I'd get past them as they were blocking access to the stairs down to the metro. I had just gotten a haircut and the barber had told me di...
by tealifehk
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Kettles
Topic: Clay Kettles
Replies: 24
Views: 2360

Re: Clay Kettles

I' keep the lid slightly off my clay kettle to stop it from boiling over and so I can keep an eye on what's happening. If I leave the lid down I always end up with water going everywhere because I forget about the kettle! lol
by tealifehk
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Vacuum sealers?
Replies: 18
Views: 1713

Re: Vacuum sealers?

I vacuum seal all the tea I ship; it allows me to adjust pressure or even seal without any air movement at all. I use aluminum mylar bags and seal twice for good measure. I also send those sealing rods along with all oolongs and greens so they can be resealed (kind of). The zip top bags aren't airti...
by tealifehk
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: If you don’t have teaware…
Replies: 12
Views: 1018

Re: If you don’t have teaware…

Lately I've been granpastyling more and more when not at home, I've used similar setups for gong fu outside or in non tea enthusiast's houses but not having much success due to the water, the stronger brew grandpa provides seems to be more forgiving of water quality. Maybe I should just edc a cake,...
by tealifehk
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Nippon Banzai 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2005

Re: Nippon Banzai 2017

Amazing pictures and trip report! Those Mario Karts are rentals I think; I saw a foreign couple in them in Tokyo and even saw them in Okinawa!
by tealifehk
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Visiting Tokoname (2017)
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: Visiting Tokoname (2017)

Wow! Thank you for this incredibly informative thread! Can't wait to see what you picked up! :)
by tealifehk
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Sen no Rikyu's demise
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Sen no Rikyu's demise

Victoria wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:45 pm
tealifehk wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:06 am
Also, your username made me think of this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuet
My favorite aged sausage from Barcelona, 7 Puertas had the best fuet in town.
I'm definitely going back to Spain! Deals keep popping up on my radar! I can fly there for less than a ticket to India!
by tealifehk
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Sen no Rikyu's demise
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Sen no Rikyu's demise

Sad to hear of his demise, and I think we're all happy to have your sword thread continue here! I haven't gotten into katanas just yet, but I am currently training with Chinese jian (Han and Ming Dynasty reproductions) so I may go Japanese eventually since the katana evolved from Chinese swordsmansh...
by tealifehk
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On Serious Tasting...
Replies: 18
Views: 1142

Re: On Serious Tasting...

Interesting observations guys! Yes, nothing affects my taste more than illness. I work alone now and rarely get ill! Knock on wood. And yes, more subtle teas are more affected by what you've had to eat. I think the snacks are to stop people from passing out from low blood sugar, since tea makes you...