Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?


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In the entire realm of "TEA," is there one aspect that stands out the most? Please think before answering, you have the entire weekend! Please share aspects that stand out the most.

Absolutely yes
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Probably yes
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Maybe
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Not really
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Definitely not
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Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby Chip » Feb 12th, '11, 03:36

Greetings and welcome to a TeaWeekend TeaDays. Please stop by throughout the weekend and share what is in your cup with us.

Friday we discussed vendor brewing suggestions. You can still vote and discuss Friday's topic.

This weekend's TeaPoll and discussion topic. In the entire realm of "TEA," is there one aspect that stands out the most? Please think about this before answering, you have the entire weekend! Please share aspects that stand out the most.

We are looking forward to sharing this Weekend TeaDay with everyone. Bottoms up!
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Re: Weeken TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby IPT » Feb 12th, '11, 03:52

I think for me, the culture and history behind tea really stands out in my mind. It's a piece of living culture that we can still enjoy. We can pretty much experience the same sensations and enjoyment as people hundreds of years ago. It brings China's history alive to me in a way little else can.
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Re: Weeken TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby brandon » Feb 12th, '11, 09:47

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My plans for the day.

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Re: Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby debunix » Feb 12th, '11, 12:22

Deliciousness

That's why I bother with it....

Trying to decide what form of deliciousness I want right now....sweet, floral, light oolong? deep, earthy puerh? Need a thermos full, can't go for the delicate stuff....but it's morning and I want my green first....
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Re: Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby Chip » Feb 12th, '11, 21:26

There are so many intriguing aspects of tea, and certainly IPT's is a worthy choice.

Aspects I have thought of so far today, but not limited to:
Tea cultures ... yesterday and today
The wonderful methodologies of brewing tea
How tea interacts with our senses

Still thinking ... but the above three are of pretty close significance to me.

Great TD beginning with Kiwame sencha from Zencha followed by 7132 from O-Cha, and finishing with Sejak (sp?) Korean green from a TCer.
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Re: Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby artmom » Feb 13th, '11, 14:29

Aspects of Tea. . . Hmmmmm.

The history and culture of Tea is high on my list.
But #1 with me would be our family's own tradition of Tea as sustenance in times of trouble; a family time to gather to connect our disparate lives; a break in a busy day; a break in a lonely day, during which to think of all those we've had tea with over the years who are no longer with us. And, last but not least, a cuppa' to celebrate anything!!!!!
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Re: Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby Drax » Feb 13th, '11, 15:43

Hmmm, quiet topic so far.

I'm with debunix -- at the end of the day, it's something delicious. It brings with it a sense of calming, relaxation, meditation.

But the topic is also extremely complex, and brings with it other extremely fascinating pieces, such as the history and culture that others have mentioned. And then there's the chemistry itself of the tea that forms the foundation of what we're tasting and feeling!

Very neat. 8)
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Re: Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby debunix » Feb 13th, '11, 20:11

Today, another aspect of tea: started with some Shizuoka sencha from Norbu, but then moved on to a new tea, San Nen Bancha - 3 Year Aged Bancha - Medium Roast by Norbu Tea. It's comforting--a friendly cozy tea. It is warm, toasty, mellow, a little sweet. The dry stems and leaves smell very darkly toasted, much like a genmaicha, but the brew, while clearly toasty, has none of the bitter scorched notes that have put me off of that tea. I love it.
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Re: Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby murrius » Feb 13th, '11, 21:04

It's the mysterious array of flavours. One leaf; so many flavours.
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Re: Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby tortoise » Feb 13th, '11, 23:20

Culture and History are very important in my enjoyment of tea and IPT put it really well.

Without thinking to abstractly about it, I feel the aspect of tea that effects me most immediately is the ritual of brewing. Just the act of warming the pot, adding the leaf, pouring the water and witnessing the transformation of the leaf...it's all just incredibly soothing for me. The sights, the smells, the movements of my hands and arms...

You get the picture. I think you've all been there once or twice.

Finished a weekend of mostly otti pu with kagoshima sencha from Harney and Sons.
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Re: Weeken TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby IPT » Feb 14th, '11, 00:16

brandon wrote:My plans for the day.
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I have a pair of bowls very similar to those. Aren't they awesome?
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Re: Weeken TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby Chip » Feb 14th, '11, 00:34

IPT wrote:
brandon wrote:My plans for the day.
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I have a pair of bowls very similar to those. Aren't they awesome?

YES, and thanks Brandon for coloring the TeaWeekend!

Great TD with sencha with the Mrs followed by some Chinese green samples from a TCer!
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Re: Weekend TeaDays 2/12-13/11 Aspects of tea?

Postby brad4419 » Feb 15th, '11, 00:48

Many many aspects of tea appeal to me but the one that stands out the most has to be the taste. Everything else is nice but if the tea didn't taste good then I wouldn't be drinking it.
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