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Tea Canister Advice

by tdell001 » Oct 24th 14 10:29 pm

I have been interested in getting a tea canister. I found two I am deciding between to buy:

http://www.charaku-tea.com/teaaccessories3.html (probably this one)

http://www.charaku-tea.com/teaaccessories4.html

I was hoping I could get some input from the community on teachat about tea canisters. Especially solid wood containers; pros and cons? Do you recommend buying one of these containers from this site? btw I only really drink sencha and Japanese teas.

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Chip » Oct 24th 14 11:46 pm

I would skip both. If you want to go the wood route, get a Sakura one from Artistic Nippon ... they do not have a stainless interior ... shuweet! They are lined with Sakura as well.

They are a few steps up from the stainless lined ones. And will not taint tea flavor like a Paulownia one likely will.

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by rdl » Oct 26th 14 12:46 am

tdell001,
I use a Japanese artisan stainless steel canister, which I feel keeps the tea very well, however I agree with Chip that the fully made sakura canister, which I use for my best tea, is really a nice thing to own.
If you do purchase a paulownia made canister, just do as I was told to do by the tea shop owner (stressed in her best English) and season it with green tea before use. I don't use it for my highest quality tea and I don't notice any wood smell or taste.
When I visited Horaido he highly recommended a fully made sakura container for practical, aesthetic and storage reasons. That discussion persuaded me but I can't imagine any choice you make would be the wrong one.

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Chip » Oct 26th 14 1:38 am

Interesting seasoning for the paulownia. I did not season mine, but I noticed a moderate aroma. I have a Natsume version that I would put a single sencha serving into for tea away from home with good results. But then I left the sencha in accidentally for an extended period ... it smells woody to me. :mrgreen:

If you get a good Sakura one, you will likely treasure it as I do. There are then higher artisan levels ... :twisted:

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by rdl » Oct 26th 14 2:01 am

Chip wrote: If you get a good Sakura one, you will likely treasure it as I do.
That is precisely the word!

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Chip » Oct 26th 14 2:04 am

Oh, BTW ...most low end paulownia and Sakura canisters are made in China, so i have been told by Chinese ebayer selling them. It pays to pay a higher price for the real deal. I would venture to say that many vendors are selling them as made in Japan ... perhaps unknowingly.

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Chip » Oct 26th 14 2:10 am

rdl wrote:
Chip wrote: If you get a good Sakura one, you will likely treasure it as I do.
That is precisely the word!
"... my precious ..."

My favorite one is an unpolished Sakura Natsume which I use each day for each Japanese tea I have. I place one serving in it and place it upon the tea table. So it is opened and closed at least 4 times daily. I expected to see wear, but it seems to be impervious to wear and tear.

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by tdell001 » Oct 26th 14 1:11 pm

Thank you for your considerate advice. I have decided not to buy one of the tea canisters I previously considered buying. However, I am currently a college student so I do not feel making the purchase of a higher quality sakura bark caddy would be a responsible decision for me to make. I am going to have to hold off and buy a high quality sakura bark caddy, which I will treasure once I have a job.On another note, if I were to purchase one of the caddys from artisticnippon,would I have to worry about extra charges (I forgot what these are called) being added to the purchase after it is shipped?

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Chip » Oct 26th 14 5:49 pm

No customs added!

Sorry, we do tend to do a lot of bait and switch to higher priced alternatives on this forum.

Given budget constraints, either of your original choices would be great.

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Alex » Oct 27th 14 1:21 pm

I want a sakura caddy.....are they really practical chip? say for storage for 2 weeks? or are they more for just putting in what you want to drink for the day?

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Chip » Oct 27th 14 4:55 pm

Alex wrote:I want a sakura caddy.....are they really practical chip? say for storage for 2 weeks? or are they more for just putting in what you want to drink for the day?
Alex, I was referring a an actual natsume version which I use constantly, but this would probably hold a week or two worth of sencha ...

I personally just do not use larger ones, though I have one ... but it is not the so called 100 grammer, likely 250 grams.

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Alex » Oct 28th 14 11:02 am

Sweet....I'm going to get a 100g one (rough finish!) to go with my new tea tray. I only keep one bag of sencha open at a time so should work well for me. 8)

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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Alucard » Oct 29th 14 10:00 pm

On the subject of tea canisters I've been looking at air tight cans to store large leaf black tea. The airscape container has come up a few times and there was a PTR here at teachat over 2 years ago. Not many provided reviews and now that it's 2+ years later wanted to ask Chip how the airscape has held up.
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Re: Tea Canister Advice

by Chip » Oct 29th 14 11:05 pm

The airscape has stood the test of time very well.