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Your ideal Tea vendor would have...?

Over 1000 teas of every type and region...a virtual world tea supermarket
3
6%
100s of teas many types and regions
9
18%
50-100 teas of multible types and regions
10
20%
25-50 teas of limited types or regions
6
12%
Less than 25 and very specialized
17
34%
Other
5
10%
 
Total votes : 50

Postby Pentox » May 16th, '08, 13:26

Victoria wrote:Hysterical!! I know at least one person on this board with Senchamania. Recently his condition has worsened and developed into Shinchamania, which is virtually untreatable. It's a sad thing to see. Oolong therapy has proved ineffective.


Nonsense! The prescription for shinchamania is easy! More shincha! more shincha!
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Postby Salsero » May 16th, '08, 13:28

chamekke wrote:Some of that is actually quite poetic.
Only a technical writer with the heart of a poet ...
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Postby henley » May 16th, '08, 13:34

Finally getting to enjoy some tea! :D No pretty bfast today as I was gone all morning on a fieldtrip w/daughter's preschool. Am experimenting again w/the sakura sencha. Had to toss the first two steeps--they had the usual "green" taste that I don't like. The 3rd & now 4th steep are pretty good. Contrary to the advice given (thanx anyway LP & Chip), I'm finding lower water temp helps improve the flavor for me. Guess I just gotta be different!

Another beautiful photo, Sal. Your yard must be fabulous!

An ideal vendor would carry 50-100 teas. But sometimes more choices are not a good thing & can be confusing, especially if just starting out. And the ideal vendor would also offer every tea in a sample size. I hate potentially wasting money!
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Postby henley » May 16th, '08, 13:36

Victoria wrote: Hysterical!! I know at least one person on this board with Senchamania. Recently his condition has worsened and developed into Shinchamania, which is virtually untreatable. It's a sad thing to see. Oolong therapy has proved ineffective.

Maybe one day we'll find a cure... :wink:
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Postby TimeforTea » May 16th, '08, 13:37

Here are photos of my gaiwan, brewed tea, and leaf in the gaiwan:

(My apologies for the cell phone photo poor quality.)

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Postby Chip » May 16th, '08, 14:21

Victoria wrote:
tenuki wrote:
Dizzwave wrote:My ideal tea vendor has hundreds of types of pu-erh. :)


Jagori wrote:I only really drink Puerh, so I voted for small and specialized.



Clinical Diagnosis: Monomania. Commonly found on teachat, usually in the form of Senchamania, Matchamania, or Puerhmania ( also called Pumania, not to be confused with Poohmania which is the obsession with honey trees and red vests or Poopmania which is considered deviant in most situations)

Common Treatments:
Sadly, most of the afflicted are untreatable. In rare cases a small but steady dose of High Grade Oolongs can temporarily relieve the symptoms, but most regress eventually. There are some experimental and highly controversial methods currently being explored in Argentina involving Lipton Tea bags, chlorinated tap water and microwaves, but these are considered more in the realm of torture rather than treatment by the larger psychiatric community.

Suggest Course of Action:
The only human course of Treatment would be a continuous consumption of the desired tea.

Gong Fu Up Bruthas and Sistas!


Hysterical!! I know at least one person on this board with Senchamania.
Recently his condition has worsened and developed into Shinchamania,
which is virtually untreatable. It's a sad thing to see.
Oolong therapy has proved ineffective
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Please let me know if I can offer my assistance in some kind of intervention...
I will bring the TEA!!!
We will make it a Shincha fest intervention!!!

Such a person needs to want help,
but if we share shincha love with him....it is obvious.
HE NEEDS MORE SHINCHA EACH DAY!!! :wink:

WOOOOHOOOO Shincha is in da house!!! :lol:
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Postby Chip » May 16th, '08, 14:26

henley wrote:
Victoria wrote: Hysterical!! I know at least one person on this board with Senchamania. Recently his condition has worsened and developed into Shinchamania, which is virtually untreatable. It's a sad thing to see. Oolong therapy has proved ineffective.

Maybe one day we'll find a cure... :wink:


The cure has been found.

More shincha in da house...woooohooooo!!!! :lol: :wink:

Almost forgot!

In 9 years, I have seen a lot I guess. Early on I was too naive
and felt a vendor with a billion choices was for me.
Then I began to notice major freshness issues.
In 9 years I have certainly become a self confessed TeaSnob.
I like what I like generally, though I will try anything
and am willing to admit other teas into my cupboard.
Give me specialization anyday.
I still need variety, but it can be limited.

Kirameki shincha (of course) in my cup so far.
Every steep is a pleasure, just nothing to offend at all.
It is ashame it is only around in the Spring and
O-Cha does not offer anything comparable the rest of the year.
I guess this makes it that much more special.

SHINCHA SHINCHA SHINCHA SHINCHA SHINCHA!!!
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Postby Victoria » May 16th, '08, 14:27

We need a MEDIC, STAT !!!!!
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Postby Chip » May 16th, '08, 14:37

Victoria wrote:We need a MEDIC, STAT !!!!!


Shincha IV drip!!!
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Postby olivierco » May 16th, '08, 14:41

Victoria wrote:We need a MEDIC, STAT !!!!!


Shinchamania will be over in a few weeks, so no need to worry till next spring.

Kaburagien sencha right now.
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Postby Jeremy » May 16th, '08, 14:44

Well I would ideally like a place that has variety and also a specialty as well. I was just in Ito En, many nice teas. The point is that they are by far a superior carrier of the sencha and gyokuro teas, but they also carry some nice oolong and black tea as well.

So I guess if NYC had a shop for pu-ehr and a shop for oolong, then we would be all set. haha


So anyhow, I had my first Gyukuro, it was an Uji hand picked single estate.

I love this tea!! Anyone else have nice recommendations?
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Postby olivierco » May 16th, '08, 14:48

Jeremy wrote:Well I would ideally like a place that has variety and also a specialty as well. I was just in Ito En, many nice teas. The point is that they are by far a superior carrier of the sencha and gyokuro teas, but they also carry some nice oolong and black tea as well.

So I guess if NYC had a shop for pu-ehr and a shop for oolong, then we would be all set. haha


So anyhow, I had my first Gyukuro, it was an Uji hand picked single estate.

I love this tea!! Anyone else have nice recommendations?



O-cha Uji Gyokuro Kame-Giru-Shi
Ippodo Ippoen or Tenka ichi (very expensive though for the second one)
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Postby Pentox » May 16th, '08, 15:22

Jeremy wrote:Well I would ideally like a place that has variety and also a specialty as well. I was just in Ito En, many nice teas. The point is that they are by far a superior carrier of the sencha and gyokuro teas, but they also carry some nice oolong and black tea as well.

So I guess if NYC had a shop for pu-ehr and a shop for oolong, then we would be all set. haha


So anyhow, I had my first Gyukuro, it was an Uji hand picked single estate.

I love this tea!! Anyone else have nice recommendations?


Personally I find myself liking Yame Gyokuro over Uji Gyokuro. The Uji Gyokuros I have had feel harsher than the ones from Yame.

The Yame Gyokuro Vil. Hoshino from Lupicia was pretty good. Bassaro's Yame Gyokuro offerings were pretty good(if you can get them from France). Aside from that you're probably going to want to order from either o-cha, zencha.net, or one of the more direct stores from Japan, although I hate their shipping costs. With the exception of hibiki-an.
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Postby Samovar » May 16th, '08, 15:28

Finally, after many years, I now only drink Japanese teas - Sencha and matcha. I like to order from just a few high quality vendors.

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Postby Pentox » May 16th, '08, 15:30

Samovar wrote:Finally, after many years, I now only drink Japanese teas - Sencha and matcha. I like to order from just a few high quality vendors.

Samovar


Personally I like to try out other vendors even once I have found ones of quality that I like. It's a good thing to remind yourself how good the good ones are by comparison.
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