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I still mostly brew with a small Japanese teapot with a right angled handle (just googled it and I think it's call a kyusu), but I drink mostly Chinese and Taiwanese teas.  Currently drinking some high mountain oolong from Taiwan from an unknown area at work, and working on some mao feng from Anhui province that my parents picked up during their vacation to Huangshan.    

:( It's okay.... your parents :rolleyes: forgot about me. I use a Japanese Tetsubin cast iron pot but mostly drink Chinese and Taiwan teas, and South African Rooibos. I tend to shop weekly at a Japanese market (Marukai), but over the years I've found more Chinese teas to my liking and more hits & misses when trying Japanese teas.

 

It's been a while though. And I keep an open mind and sense of adventure, so now that you've brought "selections" to the front of my mind, I'll begin sampling some Japanese teas this winter and see what I think.

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:( It's okay.... your parents :rolleyes: forgot about me. I use a Japanese Tetsubin cast iron pot but mostly drink Chinese and Taiwan teas, and South African Rooibos. I tend to shop weekly at a Japanese market (Marukai), but over the years I've found more Chinese teas to my liking and more hits & misses when trying Japanese teas.

 

It's been a while though. And I keep an open mind and sense of adventure, so now that you've brought "selections" to the front of my mind, I'll begin sampling some Japanese teas this winter and see what I think.

 

I'll have to remind them that SO on head-fi was disheartened to hear he did not get a tin of tea as a souvenir :P

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I'll have to remind them that SO on head-fi was disheartened to hear he did not get a tin of tea as a souvenir :P

 

You, your parents.... very kind :wink:people. I do have a disheartening tea story from April 2013, however. While cleaning the kitchen a new housekeeper broke (allegedly) a lid to one of my Gaiwans. Either she had an "Oops" moment wiping the counter or mishandling the three piece affair. Whatever happened, she discreetly placed the remains (bowl/saucer sans lid) in the cabinet below.

:ph34r:

 

An hour after her payment and departure, I went to make afternoon tea. And ended up making the discovery instead. I understand accidents happen. Sometimes in life, we all deserve being forgiven. But in her case, she failed to place the matter into my hands. I made the decision not to confront her - as quietly as she left, she was quietly dismissed.... Next.

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You, your parents.... very kind :wink:people. I do have a disheartening tea story from April 2013, however. While cleaning the kitchen a new housekeeper broke (allegedly) a lid to one of my Gaiwans. Either she had an "Oops" moment wiping the counter or mishandling the three piece affair. Whatever happened, she discreetly placed the remains (bowl/saucer sans lid) in the cabinet below.

:ph34r:

 

An hour after her payment and departure, I went to make afternoon tea. And ended up making the discovery instead. I understand accidents happen. Sometimes in life, we all deserve being forgiven. But in her case, she failed to place the matter into my hands. I made the decision not to confront her - as quietly as she left, she was quietly dismissed.... Next.

 

Gaiwans are delicate little vessels with quite a few parts.  I broke the only one I ever purchased because I was foolishly carrying it by the saucer with only one hand to go wash it and of course it fell over when I went to put it down on the counter.  Haven't purchased one since then.   

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Gaiwans are delicate little vessels with quite a few parts.  I broke the only one I ever purchased because I was foolishly carrying it by the saucer with only one hand to go wash it and of course it fell over when I went to put it down on the counter.  Haven't purchased one since then.   

 

One of the most brilliant designs for consumption of all time! So, what's your choice of vessel nowadays? Will 2014 be "Return of the Gaiwan" for you?

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I'm a big fan of tea! Usually either green or white tea with some herbs mixed (Jiaogulan, tulsi, ginkgo)

 

Got shelf full of different teas :p

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Question: So I adventured into my local World Market today, and stumbled across some Cast Iron Teapots, and they looked fantastic. I was almost going to invest in one, but I do not know the precautions to consider nor the ideal care for these beautiful teapots. I do know they are called Tetsubin and are famous in Japan. My only concern would be rust. Anyone here willing to provide info? Thanks!

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Question: So I adventured into my local World Market today, and stumbled across some Cast Iron Teapots, and they looked fantastic. I was almost going to invest in one, but I do not know the precautions to consider nor the ideal care for these beautiful teapots. I do know they are called Tetsubin and are famous in Japan. My only concern would be rust. Anyone here willing to provide info? Thanks!

Don't have experience with Cast Iron Teapots, but dont buy from World Market. Build quality is very poor.

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Point that Rat Mouse :ponline....

 

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Point that Rat Mouse :ponline....

 

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Mouse Rat?

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Point that Rat Mouse :ponline....

 

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Haha thanks!!! :)

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Haha thanks!!! :)

 

Your username... and avatar... has me wanting to watch a couple of Godzilla movies late night with pizza. :ksc75smile: And of course :rolleyes: tea.


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Your username... and avatar... has me wanting to watch a couple of Godzilla movies late night with pizza. :ksc75smile: And of course :rolleyes: tea.


By all means, please do. I'll join ya in spirit and watch a few myself. :beerchug:

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:( It's okay.... your parents :rolleyes: forgot about me. I use a Japanese Tetsubin cast iron pot but mostly drink Chinese and Taiwan teas, and South African Rooibos. I tend to shop weekly at a Japanese market (Marukai), but over the years I've found more Chinese teas to my liking and more hits & misses when trying Japanese teas.

 

It's been a while though. And I keep an open mind and sense of adventure, so now that you've brought "selections" to the front of my mind, I'll begin sampling some Japanese teas this winter and see what I think.

What Chinese teas would you recommend? Have you got a favourite?  I know nothing about this but I want to give it a try. 

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What Chinese teas would you recommend? Have you got a favourite?  I know nothing about this but I want to give it a try. 

 

With my journey still young, any favourites I have should be considered favourites-to-date. I'm almost certain I'll discover another wonderful leaf... soon. Though, Jasmine Dragon Pearls have long been out front. In the past few months I have been enjoying Lung Ching Dragonwell. 

 

My strongest recommendation would be to sample, sample often and keep an open mind. The latter could take you far. I often make it a point to revisit teas that didn't move me at a later date, if I'm on the fence about them. Many a moon have came and went since I tried Dragonwell years ago. I didn't much care for it. Decided to revisit the tea again last November and it knocked my socks off! :biggrin: Admittedly, I'm a different person now in a different place, so keeping an open mind paid off and now I've got new inventory. :wink:

 

Some stores sell samplers and will include samples with other purchases. Can't wait to hear what you try!

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