Profile for OTT > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by OTT
Top Reviewer Ranking: 12,576
Helpful Votes: 121

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
OTT

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3
pixel
All-Top-Light E27 LED Bulb, 9.5W/800 Lumens, Warm White, 60W Incandescent Replacement
All-Top-Light E27 LED Bulb, 9.5W/800 Lumens, Warm White, 60W Incandescent Replacement
Offered by All Top Light
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Great while it lasted, 27 July 2014
Possibly I was just unlucky to receive a dud, but it failed after three months of moderate use (two to three hours a day). Until then it was superb, five stars: lots of bright white light, subjectively equivalent to a 75W incandescent bulb, with a modest amount of electricity consumed. (The big brands don't currently seem to offer more than 8W, equivalent to a rather dim 60W incandescent.) It got quite hot mounted in a pendant lamp, shining down, and the bulb has prominent fins that may indicate a need for cooling, so perhaps it is meant only for light fittings where it points up with the heat escaping away from the electronics near the base. However, there was nothing on the packaging or description that indicated such restrictions. I'm left disappointed, but would definitely buy more if I had confidence that the median lifespan of the product was at least a couple of years. Right now I'm left with the impression that this 9.5W device sacrifices reliability for greater brightness.


Yunnan Imperial Golden Bud Black Tea 50g
Yunnan Imperial Golden Bud Black Tea 50g
Offered by Talisman Teas
Price: £8.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty, tippy Yunnan, 27 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Good quality Yunnan with mostly golden tips for complexity and a small proportion of leaves for body. The liquor is quite pale reddish brown, with aromas especially of malt, leather and cocoa, and the liquor is light on tannins. (The seller's description is pretty accurate.) Another similar option is Pekoe Tea Yunnan Golden Tips, or try the Pure Gold for an even higher proportion of tips.


Pekoe Tea Yunnan Golden Tips Black Tea Pouch 50 g (Pack of 4)
Pekoe Tea Yunnan Golden Tips Black Tea Pouch 50 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £27.20

5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite Yunnan red, 29 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a good-value, reliable Yunnan. It has a high proportion of golden tips and makes a medium-light bright reddish brew, fragrant with leather, roasted meat, and jasmine flowers. The palate has smooth tannins and a long finish. Excellent in the morning to help get the day on the go, to brighten any boring lunch, and also as an afternoon pick-me-up. Excellent for three to four steepings, each with a different character. It's great! (And I'm now buying it in bulk.)


The Tea Makers of London Finest Ceylon Organic Breakfast Tea Black Loose Leaf Tea 125 g Caddy
The Tea Makers of London Finest Ceylon Organic Breakfast Tea Black Loose Leaf Tea 125 g Caddy

3.0 out of 5 stars bit underwhelming, 29 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a high-quality tea, with large leaves and a moderate proportion of tips. However, it is shy on the nose, both dry and when brewed. On the palate, it doesn't seem to have much beyond tannin and I have struggled to brew an interesting cup from it. I tried it all: less and more leaves, lower and higher temperatures, short and long steeping. Perhaps the water here is just not compatible with the tea! Overall, not a tea I will be seeking out.


50g Yunnan Pure Gold (Jinya Dian Hong) Premium Loose Leaf Black Tea - Chiswick Tea Co
50g Yunnan Pure Gold (Jinya Dian Hong) Premium Loose Leaf Black Tea - Chiswick Tea Co
Offered by Chiswick Tea Co

5.0 out of 5 stars sublime, a gentle caress, 29 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Wow! Long pale golden-brown tips of Assamica, lightly oxidised. It brews pale, with hints of leather and a floral perfume on the nose, and some chocolatey notes.
Sweet with a surprisingly long aftertaste, and quite complex for a red/black tea.
Good to steep up to three times; try brewing at 85°C with more leaves and a shorter steep time.
Also excellent to blend with darker Yunnan grades, when one seeks more tannic punch with the complex flavours of the Pure Gold.


Rare Ceylon Silver tips Loose Leaf White Tea 25g Caddy
Rare Ceylon Silver tips Loose Leaf White Tea 25g Caddy
Offered by The Tea Makers of London
Price: £6.50

4.0 out of 5 stars tasty, intriguing, 29 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This white tea appears to be top quality, consisting of fine, unbroken tips that are downy and silvery green. The taste is quite different from the Chinese white teas I've tried, but it is well worth trying. Recommended.


Canton Tea Shen Glass Jug
Canton Tea Shen Glass Jug
Price: £8.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars simplifies brewing loose-leaf tea, 26 Sep 2013
This is a 250ml glass jug, intended for use in brewing tea. Since it can only keep a small mug's worth of liquid, it is ideal when using a smallish Chinese-style teapot or gaiwan. I like the overall shape (the picture seems less appealing that it is in real life) and it pours beautifully without dripping.

Using a clear jug like this helps one to dispense with a tea filter. Pour the tea from the pot or gaiwan into the jug; the large loose leaves stay in the pot/gaiwan ready for steeping again. It is then easy to pour off the clear liquid, leaving any powdery bits or stray leaves at the bottom of the jug, making them easy to discard. The jug also beautifully shows off the colour of the tea.

However, treat with care: if dropped onto a hard floor, it will shatter.


Zebra TS3 Pocket Pencil Stainless Steel
Zebra TS3 Pocket Pencil Stainless Steel
Offered by I Love Pens
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars cute and useful, 5 Nov 2012
This clutch pencil is short and thin, making it ideal for use on the move. It is 100mm long, the barrel is 4.5mm in diameter, and with the clip it is 7.5mm wide. In comparison, the industry benchmark Pentel P205 is 145mm long, tapers up to 9mm in diameter just below the clip, and is 13.5mm wide with the clip.

The Zebra TS-3 is short enough to be unobtrusive in a pocket or bag, it clips flat to the front page of a notebook, and it fits into the spiral of any spiral-bound notebook. I use it in all of these ways. However, someone with large hands might find it too short or too thin to use comfortably (see the dimensions above).

The clip attaches to the end cap. Pulling off the end cap reveals a small eraser, and in turn, the eraser covers the chamber where leads are stored. The pencil can store a few 0.5mm leads, and is shipped ready to go with two leads.

This is a well thought-out, nicely engineered mechanical pencil.

Edit: I have bought a bunch of these. As gifts they were highly appreciated for use in a purse or wallet. However, the price has since more than doubled. See also the alternative listing Zebra Mini TS-3 Mechanical Pencil for other suppliers that might now offer better value.


Adagio Teas Yixing Dalian Teapot - 250ml
Adagio Teas Yixing Dalian Teapot - 250ml
Offered by Adagio Teas
Price: £34.00

4.0 out of 5 stars good value plain teapot for wulong/oolong tea, 31 Oct 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This teapot is well-proportioned but larger than most yixing teapots: 250ml rather than 120-180ml, or about the capacity of a typical mug. The unglazed clay is quite large grained, and with its sturdy walls, it feels a bit chubby: this is not a delicate teapot. To put this in context: the quality and attention to detail still puts typical stoneware Western-style teapots to shame! The details of the lid, base, and handle are well finished and regular, in fact so regular that my subjective impression is that at least some parts of the pot may have been made by machine.

There are seven strainer holes inside and the pot works well for steeping wulong (oolong) teas. Pouring time is 15-16 seconds without leaves, from full to empty. The lid hole is correctly centred and seems the right size for the capacity of the spout. The lid fits well but not incredibly tightly, even when the pot is heated, so there is an occasional stray small dribble. The spout pours evenly and in a single stream, although there is a little turbulence. The flow stops cleanly without dripping when the pot is emptied.

Overall this is a functional and good value teapot, with a largish capacity.


Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties
Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties
by Kevin Gascoyne
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars informative reference, 30 Sep 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a good all-round reference on tea, with additional attributes that elevate it to essential status.

Uniquely for books in English, this book covers history and the main tea growing regions up to date and in some detail. There is fairly detailed information about the current state of the tea industry in China, Taiwan, and Japan, and recently developed tea varieties like Anji Bai Cha are discussed. The section on the biochemistry of tea is also highly recommended. The section presenting a scientific analysis of caffeine content of different kinds of tea is especially notable and this information is hard to find elsewhere.

I like to read this book in conjunction with The Tea Drinker's Handbook for that book's rigorous tasting notes and somewhat different selection of tea types.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3