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How much was your most expensive TEA ever? (based on 100grams or 1/4 pound)

$10 or less
5
11%
$20 or less
7
16%
$30 or less
10
23%
$40 or less
2
5%
$50 or less
1
2%
$60 or less
3
7%
$70 or less
4
9%
$80 or less
2
5%
$90 or less
0
No votes
$100 or less
1
2%
More than $100
9
20%
 
Total votes: 44

Postby tenuki » Mar 19th, '08, 15:18

geese, I thought one of the benefits of tea was the price per cup....


:)

some da yu ling today, over-brewed the second brew (you don't wanna know how long), but this fine tea just keeps on ticking anyway.
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Postby Chip » Mar 19th, '08, 15:49

tenuki wrote:geese, I thought one of the benefits of tea was the price per cup....


Yet it is for 95% of the tea most of us drink on a daily basis.

Just a Guricha...it is good, but it is so mild compared to sencha. I need to open up a sencha that will inspire me more. Everything Japanese green I have open is failing to inspire me.

Actually, the sencha I am enjoying most is Daily Sencha that I did a quick pan fire, I really like that. I actually experimented with Pan Firing some Guricha last night. I might test that a little later, but I also want to try a Matcha.
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Postby Victoria » Mar 19th, '08, 16:52

Ok all this matcha talk! I just made some of the Manten and I did it right in my 15oz latte cup and it worked fine. Only 6oz of water of course!
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Postby jogrebe » Mar 19th, '08, 17:21

I said $30 or less but it might have been a high guess. The most expensive tea that I drink from time to time is Silver Needle.
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Postby Cinnamon Kitty » Mar 19th, '08, 18:28

I received my tea trade from Victoria this afternoon! I am now enjoying a White Tip Oolong that is absolutely awesome. I hadn't found an oolong that I really liked until I tried this. Generally there was just something about the other oolongs that had a funny flavor, but this one is great. I am up to the third steep so far and have no idea how long it will last considering I am steeping it in my 16oz mug.
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Postby Victoria » Mar 19th, '08, 18:45

Hey CK, I'm glad you are enjoying that one. I was really amazed with it myself. I tend to like greener oolongs, but the smooth flavor of this one is just great. Not to mention the price is good too! It is definitely in my top rotation.

From the same supplier, comes the Paris blend I am trying right now. Very nice, a bit heavy on the florals, definitely feeling romantic.
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Postby Proinsias » Mar 19th, '08, 18:48

Twenty pounds for twenty five grams of long jing, mmmmm

Twenty pounds for twenty grams of Da Hong Pao, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Postby tenuki » Mar 19th, '08, 20:20

now drinking 'golden buddha' from RBT - thanks for the recommend brandon. nice, simple, yummy tea with good lasting power.
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Postby teaisgood » Mar 19th, '08, 20:27

$1500 per pound for 35 year aged puer made from wild young tea buds.
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Postby augie » Mar 19th, '08, 20:54

Space Samurai wrote:I think matcha will prove to be the most expenisve tea.

SS: It must be time for Texas Bluebells? I bet they're all over the place.

I've bought a $35 sheng teacake and an $80 shu puck. Both are hybernating for a while. $30 is my upper limit for loose tea. Volume doesn't matter.
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Postby TaiPing Hou Kui » Mar 19th, '08, 21:08

My most expensive tea would have to be the TaiPing Hou Kui that I get from a friend/vendor in china. It is about 55$ for 1/4lb and worth every penny. I was lucky this last harvest becuase he sent me a 1/2 lb for free....it was sealed in a nitrogen sealed bag so it stayed fresh.

*Today I have been drinking Pu all day....the usualy Wu's Reseerve (Cooked Shu from 2006)

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Postby Pentox » Mar 19th, '08, 23:29

teaisgood wrote:$1500 per pound for 35 year aged puer made from wild young tea buds.


How much of that did you buy?
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Postby Chip » Mar 19th, '08, 23:32

I had Matcha Manten. I used my new baboo matcha spoon. I am so confused now about how much to use. Too many figures running through my head. I feel like I am learning all over again.

EDIT: Oh, it was very good.
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Postby Space Samurai » Mar 19th, '08, 23:56

Chip wrote:I had Matcha Manten, and used my new baboo matcha spoon. I am so confused now about how much to use. Too many figures running through my head. I feel like I am learning all over again.


Its been my experience that each matcha is different, it never seems as simple as 2 scoops for usucha, 4 for koicha. Some times its 3 or 5 or 6, of course this is made worse by the chashoku, not exactly a precise instrument. By the time I start to figure out a particular matcha, its gone; time to move on to the next one.

Speaking of which, today I had two bowls of the organic kaoru.

http://anotherteablog.blogspot.com/2008 ... kaoru.html
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Postby Chip » Mar 20th, '08, 00:21

Space Samurai wrote:
Chip wrote:I had Matcha MantenI used my new baboo matcha spoon. I am so confused now about how much to use. Too many figures running through my head. I feel like I am learning all over again.


Its been my experience that each matcha is different, it never seems as simple as 2 scoops for usucha, 4 for koicha. Some times its 3 or 5 or 6, of course this is made worse by the chashoku, not exactly a precise instrument. By the time I start to figure out a particular matcha, its gone; time to move on to the next one.

Speaking of which, today I had two bowls of the organic kaoru.

http://anotherteablog.blogspot.com/2008 ... kaoru.html


I am a little frustrated because vendor directions are soooo screwed up. Per Ippodo, I had been using 2 grams per 120 ml for thin (actually 2X the water than they recommended, they said 2 grams per 60 ML, which was sooo intense). But they also recommend to of these scoops for thin. 2 scoops was around .75 grams. In the "heat" of the moment, I just used 4 and hoped for the best.

Well, I need to regroup and reread a bit before I break out this Manten again. It was very good, but I was distracted by all the uncertainty.
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