Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?


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Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. Given our recent discussions, it occurred to me, I wonder how much importance do you place in harvest information anyway? Please be sure to share.

Xtremely important, and virtually never buy a tea without it!
5
14%
Very important, affecting most tea purchases
10
28%
Important, affects tea buying decisions
12
33%
Maybe
1
3%
Not much, might look at it
5
14%
Not important, never even look at it really
0
No votes
Zero importance to me, I could not care less
0
No votes
Ummm, is this supposed to be important?
3
8%
I don't know ... thinking about it
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 36

Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby Chip » Jan 21st, '11, 02:32

Greetings TeaFriends! Welcome to a new TeaDay! We are hoping you will drop in and share what is in your cup throughout the day!

Yesterday we discussed "What percentage of your annual TeaBudget would you estimate will go to NEW HARVEST TEAS?" You can still vote and discuss yesterday's topic.

Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. Given our recent discussions, it occurred to me, I wonder how much importance do you place in harvest information anyway? Please be sure to share.

I am looking forward to sharing this TeaDay with everyone. Bottoms up.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby auhckw » Jan 21st, '11, 03:04

I like to know more about the tea that I'm drinking... makes it fun.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby IPT » Jan 21st, '11, 05:02

I like to know when they were harvested, but it really comes down to how the tea tastes. Spring teas are generally the best, but not always. Sometimes the fall harvest surprises you and are better than the spring ones. It's rare, but it does happen. So, I picked maybe.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby Nenugal » Jan 21st, '11, 07:01

I'm always interested to know more about the tea I drink, so I prefer shops where I can get information about where and when it was picked. For green tea, I am reluctant to buy if this information is not available for reasons of freshness as well.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby Joey Peters » Jan 21st, '11, 07:31

This is the topic where you put what tea you drink today, right?

I'm making some pu-ehr with cacao en jasmin. This is the second bowl of pu-ehr I'm drinking. I kind of like the earthy tones in it.

It's a premix. It also has some caramel in it. It's steeping right now. The pack says 5 minutes, but I'll make that 7.

The loose tea smells a bit like pot-pouri.

On to the tasting... It's hard to describe. I certainly detect the chocolate in it. Especially after adding some sweeteners. Not sure what to think of it.

Sort of like an evening drink.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby Trey Winston » Jan 21st, '11, 08:15

auhckw wrote:I like to know more about the tea that I'm drinking... makes it fun.

+1. The more info the better the experience, I think.

Having some White Peony today.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby artmom » Jan 21st, '11, 08:59

Important, affects tea buying decisions; but only since I joined TeaChat! And does not affect ALL buying decisions.

More snow during the night; but main roads are okay. Not that it matters to me! :lol:
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby brlarson » Jan 21st, '11, 11:10

Not terribly important to me as I'll still be drinking tea during an off harvest. I trust that my tea vendors will find the best of what is available during a difficult year. However, the taste of teas that I receive will affect what I repurchase during the year.

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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby solitude » Jan 21st, '11, 11:18

The information about the tea I purchase is more and more important for me but it is not a criteria. This morning I opened YM supreme from o-cha. Many of you already wrote very nice things about this tea, and I must agree it kicks ass. I will play little bit with the brewing parameters than I will write my experience more in detail.
Currently in work. For the evening I am planning to have mao jian.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby Poohblah » Jan 21st, '11, 11:24

The more information about a tea that a vendor gives, the more likely I am to buy.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby hopeofdawn » Jan 21st, '11, 11:58

I'd say it's more important for me for any online tea purchases, where I can't taste what I'm buying. Buying from a teashop, not so important--my tastebuds make the final decision there. :)

Drinking the last of my Dragonwell today--guess I'll be in the market for more soon!
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby TwoPynts » Jan 21st, '11, 12:02

Important, but not necessarily a deal breaker.

Yunnan Golden Curls on the tongue today!
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby JBaymore » Jan 21st, '11, 12:09

IPT wrote:I like to know when they were harvested, but it really comes down to how the tea tastes.



+1

best,

..........john
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby Marco » Jan 21st, '11, 14:50

Buying tea online needs a good description :)
And information about it and some pictures give a lot of fun to the virtual shopping tour. Works as an appetizer. :)

Today there is Premium Gyokuro from aiya in my cup. It smells delicious and tastes real great. I can't say if part of it is that I had no gyokuro for about four months. :)
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Re: Friday TeaDay 1/21/11 How important is it anyway?

Postby msurads06 » Jan 21st, '11, 15:05

Harvest information is important but wont nessecarily prevent me from buying a tea if i want to try it. I prefer to know when a tea was harvested because it can give an idea of freshness. I am less likely to buy from a vendor that does not provide harvest information, especially since joining teachat. But i do still buy from vendors like rishi and i just cleaned up at special teas close out clearance. I do think that harvest information increases a vendors credibility (assuming they are truthful).

Starting the day with norbu's taiwan ruby tea.
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