Chip,Chip wrote:I think I achieved success with the above set. I brought water to a boil, took it off the heat and slowly placed the pieces into the pot of water. I was amazed at all the tiny air bubbles released by the Hagi. I left it in the water til it cooled somewhat and removed them, towel dried, then placed them near heat to dry.
I did this 3 times, and the pungent earthy aroma is undetectable right now. I am relieved.
I received this OniHagi Deishi kyusu yesterday. It took the vendor several weeks to find one I liked. He was very gracious, and I was surprised that he kept getting others to show me. Then I saw he sold out of all the pieces anyway. I am wondering if this topic has increased world wide demand for Hagi??? I am actually a little serious ...
I would say "yes" to your question! I had never heard of hagi (I'm fairly new to the tea scene) until I came here and noticed this thread. I fell in love with hagi and ordered my first cup immediately and it arrived last week. I am continually looking for more in order to increase my collection. I would have found hagi eventually, but due to this thread, I found it much sooner than later. More time to buy hagi now