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by tealifehk
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Musings on Dancong…
Replies: 78
Views: 10300

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: 78
Views: 10300

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: 78
Views: 10300

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: 4850

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: 2195

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: 2195

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: 12574

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: 22
Views: 2835

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: 5529

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/Teaware Vendors
Topic: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!
Replies: 50
Views: 6994

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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by tealifehk
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 663
Views: 91441

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Stephen wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:04 pm
1998 Hong Kong Traditional Liu An. Aged and balanced liu an from TealifeHK. (Not pu er I know.)
What did you think of the 98 liu an vs the 94?
by tealifehk
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 663
Views: 91441

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

2018 Lao Man'E huangpian and maocha! The huangpian is a little sweeter and the maocha a bit more complex. The huangpian is a bit less bitter as well. Both totally kicked my tail as far as bitterness, but had lovely aroma and flavor. I love how this stuff smells so sweet, but then has that deep chara...
by tealifehk
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: A hairline crack
Replies: 12
Views: 1756

Re: A hairline crack

MarshalN collects Japanese antiques: he said kintsugi'd items aren't meant to be used again. I told him I was served salad (shredded cabbage) on a kintsugi'd plate at a fancy tonkatsu place in Tokyo and he was very surprised and said it really shouldn't be done.
by tealifehk
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: A hairline crack
Replies: 12
Views: 1756

Re: A hairline crack

I would epoxy it on the top, but not the bottom, using JB Weld
by tealifehk
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: TeaLife.HK -- Classic HK-style Teas!
Replies: 50
Views: 6994

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

Thanks Ethan! Glad you enjoyed the descriptions and I've really learned a ton in the last two years (and still know very little, as I discover when I drink with more experienced folk here)! Good dahongpao is really something special, but some people may indeed prefer cheaper, blended dahongpao, and ...