New kettle at last!

   A new kettle has been on my list for ages, it took quite some time to find the right one. During a visit to see my parents, My Mom and I went to Canadian Tire as it just re-opened.
    This piece of beautiful craftsmanship was there. Cuisinart made, it glows, stainless steel and programmed temperatures. The keep warm feature is great but I am always startled when it begins to heat up the device once again.
       I am thinking of trying another water test. This time I hope to obtain bamboo charcoal to add along side the others. I have yet to buy spring water for this kettle, currently I am using Brita filtered water. A few of my teas taste a bit cleaner with spring water so I will go purchase another 4L bottle of a local spring water (Muskoka I so far like the best).
         I still would like to get a stone “kettle” and have a flame beneath, my current houseing arrangements do not allow for such. On another note, the charcoal or alcohol I use will be a little dangerous till I have a larger tea space.

The Sage hut and Tao through tea

  I have been thinking over the last little bit on the ideas I can recall from “The Way of Tea” by Aaron Fisher . A very well written tea book on Tao and Tea. Again as I usually end my nights (and begin my mornings) I check out different tea related things. Tonight that was looking at The Leaf and following it to Wu De (Aaron Fisher)’s blog. In January I e-mailed him inquiring about his book and was invited to his school when I have the chance. This school now has a web page, The Sage Hut, it is compleately non profit and very inviteing. It seeks to teach others about Tea and the Tao or Cha Dao.
     I have met with many differnt types of people over the last few years, all with different opinons on the leaf.  “Meeting” Arron, through his book, I have come to a point where I am seeking more than just the leaf itself. This being Cha Dao. As it is quite late right now I feel putting this, need into words impossible. In short, I wish to begin to post about things I see in tea, not just reviews which do help my pallet in preparation for the George Brown program. This I hope will include Cha Xi (which is represented to an artful form my Stephane over at Tea Masters) , thoughts on tea ware I use (and even things that I use that may not be “ment” for tea), Cha Qi (Once I can understand it, so this is something to learn), etc. These posts will not be to push anyone in any way what so ever towards this method of seeing.  Tao is very interesting to me and I hope it will bring this Journey in the direction it feels I need to go. Perhaps I will find myself in Taiwan with Wu De.
       To sum it all up, keep an eye out for these posts. They may be included along side a tea “review” (more so a tasting) or on their own. All in all good night now, I have a final cup for the evening waiting for me.

Water test


I have been meaning to try a water test for quite some time now and finnaly got around to do it. Anyhow, in the end after my test I found spring water did not have any sort of forgin taste behind it. It’s quite interesting as this is the first time trying this Metro brand of spring water for my tea. Much cheeper than the one brand I was useing before. Some time soon I will try a few different spring water brans and find one that fits right.

Cold

Brita: slight iron taste
Spring:clean.
tap:Copper

Hot

Britta: Mineral like taste.
Spring: warming Qi., Stange feeling in the throat.
Tap: Stange undesirable taste on the tounge. perhaps the copper. Makes me want to vomit.