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Finally working out how to pour from the gaiwan into a cup without spilling all over the place has totally revolutionised the way I drink greens! I like greens, but they do require a certain mood to be taken in larger quantities. Even my small pot is a bit on the big side there. This way is so much easier!

Leaf-saving too, because I can get way more steeps out of a smaller amount of leaves. In a pot I rarely do more than two steeps of a green, three if I’m doing a lot, because after that I’ve just become bored and want something else.

So I’ve dived into my stash of semi-forgotten greens and found this one. Very nice. I’m reminded a bit of the Long Jing I had the other day and not just because I’m brewing this the same way, but also on the flavour. Hint of asparagus there but not nearly as bright and bouncy as in dragonwell.

Of course, just like the Long Jing, I have no clue about which number steep I’m on at the moment.

And to think I was on the verge of putting the gaiwan on the shelf as a nice little tea-related decorative item. Now I think I need some more of them. :D

ETA: Without spilling… Ahem. wipes up

Rabs

I’m dying to try a gaiwan, but my fear of making epic messes has kept me from purchasing one. I know that someday I’ll cave – especially now that you’ve given me hope ;)

~lauren.

oh kudos on mastering the gaiwan!

Angrboda

Thank you Lauren. :)

Rabs, I’ve found that it takes a confident pour. The real trick is actually to pick it up without having all three pieces try to go their seperate ways. I’m still picking mine up quite carefully. But hey, if you give it a try and it doesn’t work for you at least they’re pretty. :)

Heyes

I thought the point of the gaiwan is that it is both the steeping vessel and the cup?

Angrboda

It is, I think, but I haven’t really worked out how to drink from it also without burning myself or spilling. It’s like my hand doesn’t bend right to get it to my mouth, if you get what I mean. It feels awkward. It’s easier for me to pour it over into another small cup. Bit untraditional maybe, but as long as it works.

Rabs

I just spent an hour or so on youtube watching different videos on gaiwan and yixing prep/drinking. You really see it all – from drinking directly from the yixing pot, and to drinking directly from the gaiwan or pouring it into one or more cups.

AmazonV

Congrats fearless Angrboda for conquering the gaiwan, they still scare the pants off me

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Rabs

I’m dying to try a gaiwan, but my fear of making epic messes has kept me from purchasing one. I know that someday I’ll cave – especially now that you’ve given me hope ;)

~lauren.

oh kudos on mastering the gaiwan!

Angrboda

Thank you Lauren. :)

Rabs, I’ve found that it takes a confident pour. The real trick is actually to pick it up without having all three pieces try to go their seperate ways. I’m still picking mine up quite carefully. But hey, if you give it a try and it doesn’t work for you at least they’re pretty. :)

Heyes

I thought the point of the gaiwan is that it is both the steeping vessel and the cup?

Angrboda

It is, I think, but I haven’t really worked out how to drink from it also without burning myself or spilling. It’s like my hand doesn’t bend right to get it to my mouth, if you get what I mean. It feels awkward. It’s easier for me to pour it over into another small cup. Bit untraditional maybe, but as long as it works.

Rabs

I just spent an hour or so on youtube watching different videos on gaiwan and yixing prep/drinking. You really see it all – from drinking directly from the yixing pot, and to drinking directly from the gaiwan or pouring it into one or more cups.

AmazonV

Congrats fearless Angrboda for conquering the gaiwan, they still scare the pants off me

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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Bio last updated February 2014

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