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I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby etorix » Feb 23rd, '12, 23:02

Hi ive bin lurking here quite a lot, i love the pot threads

thought it was time to show a pot or three, now i finally joined

which i will [once i picture them]

im fairly happily confused about tea still , i'm buying samples from everywhere

tho today's session is a Dragon Well from Canton Teas

im about to try one of the 11 packets that arrived from teafromtaiwan today ..
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby Chip » Feb 23rd, '12, 23:07

Hi etorix and welcome to TeaChat!

I am looking forward to seeing you around the forum and your teapot photos.
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby AdamMY » Feb 24th, '12, 00:37

Welcome etorix. As much as we love tea here, quite a few of us love teaware too. Stick around and engage in discussions and you may soon need to buy a bigger place to better store your teaware.
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby etorix » Mar 10th, '12, 09:30

dunno which section quite to post this in, but since this is my first year of relative tea-obsession, i have questions

New Tea: what teas are specially good freshly picked / produced

New Tea: which suppliers to be watched for the 2012s

heres a short song [kouta] from the Kanginshu

"i have a jar for new tea"
"but when i put it in, it is last year's tea"
"and i dont understand last year's tea"

ref: The Kanginshu is a collection of popular songs compiled in 1518, although it is uncertain who actually collected and edited the songs. http://komuso.com/pieces/pieces.pl?piece=3553
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby Chip » Mar 10th, '12, 10:40

Greens are the most notable for for freshness of "new harvests." Next would be greener oolongs.

New harvest is often celebrated, and it is even here. There is a Shincha ordering topic located under Green Tea. Shincha means "new harvest" in Japanese.
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby etorix » Mar 10th, '12, 11:10

shin cha Shincha (新茶?), literally "new tea",

cha being tea

shin im not sure of, is it more than 'new'
i once stayed in a part of Tokyo called Shinokubo, which was near Okubo
so is that New Okubo? it felt more like next-to-okubo, or approaching-okubo

approaching-tea seems works

ok, so the Kagoshima boys bear watching
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby Proinsias » Mar 10th, '12, 11:20

Welcome

Better to have have too much tea and not enough pots than the other way around.

As others have mentioned shincha is top of my list when thinking about freshness, keeping an eye on the shincha thread each year is probably the best way to research vendors.

Some pre-ming long jing would also be a good bet. I find Jing tea shop has a nice balance of quality and price for Chinese greens. Their everyday greens are often excellent for the price and higher end greens can be ordered by the ounce.

Postcard Teas and TeaSmith in London are worth a visit if you've not already been.

Fresh tea is good, but old is often better imo.
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby TokyoB » Mar 10th, '12, 13:35

Proinsias wrote:
Better to have have too much tea and not enough pots than the other way around.



True enough but if one sticks around here long enough they'll usually end up with too much of both! :wink:
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby etorix » Mar 10th, '12, 14:12

Postcard Teas ive heard of, their pot prices are a bit scary tho

i believe their tea sources are shared by a guy who sells at Borough Market
i've lost the link to his site tho .. and more importantly, the site/name of a lady in Notting Hill Gate who has both Chaozhou pots and DanCongs

Fortnums is kinda fun to buy tea at. They have Tie Guan Yin, amongst other teas, in vast jars behind the counter, and they will get em down for u to sniff.

they dont wrap yer tin of tea in brown paper and strongstring [with a loop to carry it by] anymore tho, like back in the day
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby etorix » Mar 10th, '12, 15:28

Found her: http://www.the-chinese-tea-company.com/ ... aPots.html

ive not bought anything off her online, i keep meaning to drop by [and see if theres any reasonable old pots on the Portobello]

ive pretty much had enough of buying pots online, i want my next ones to be in-my-hand like
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby iovetea » Jul 21st, '12, 14:45

etorix wrote:Found her: http://www.the-chinese-tea-company.com/ ... aPots.html

ive not bought anything off her online, i keep meaning to drop by [and see if theres any reasonable old pots on the Portobello]

ive pretty much had enough of buying pots online, i want my next ones to be in-my-hand like


that prices are even scarier
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby sriracha » Jul 22nd, '12, 02:20

etorix wrote:Found her: http://www.the-chinese-tea-company.com/ ... aPots.html

ive not bought anything off her online, i keep meaning to drop by [and see if theres any reasonable old pots on the Portobello]



Please tell us what you thought of the shop if you go, I'm planning a London trip and would very much like to know if the place is worth a visit. =)
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby etorix » Jul 22nd, '12, 04:05

sriracha wrote:
etorix wrote:Found her: http://www.the-chinese-tea-company.com/ ... aPots.html

ive not bought anything off her online, i keep meaning to drop by [and see if theres any reasonable old pots on the Portobello]



Please tell us what you thought of the shop if you go, I'm planning a London trip and would very much like to know if the place is worth a visit. =)


her shop is well up Portobello Road, in a modern mall under the railway line

and well worth a visit .. tho when i went she was just about to go back to China for a re-stock

she also has Chaozhou Pots, which i want one of
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Re: I have too much tea [and not enough pots]

Postby sriracha » Jul 22nd, '12, 04:13

etorix wrote:
sriracha wrote:
etorix wrote:Found her: http://www.the-chinese-tea-company.com/ ... aPots.html

ive not bought anything off her online, i keep meaning to drop by [and see if theres any reasonable old pots on the Portobello]



Please tell us what you thought of the shop if you go, I'm planning a London trip and would very much like to know if the place is worth a visit. =)


her shop is well up Portobello Road, in a modern mall under the railway line

and well worth a visit .. tho when i went she was just about to go back to China for a re-stock

she also has Chaozhou Pots, which i want one of


Thanks a million, I've ogled their website may times but never come across someone who has actually been there.

Curious about those tea-tasting evenings, I think I'll drop them an email and ask about dates in October. :)
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