SATURDAY TeaDay 5/17/08

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Speaking of vendors, how many primary Tea vendors do you regularly use?

1
3
7%
2
8
18%
3
15
33%
4
8
18%
5
5
11%
6
2
4%
7
0
No votes
MORE!!!
4
9%
 
Total votes: 45

Postby chamekke » May 17th, '08, 10:44

I said "five vendors", but that's on average. I've started buying from sellers I've never tried before, thanks to TeaChat, but it remains to be seen which ones will remain as perennial favourites.

At the moment I'm buying tea online from Adagio, O-Cha, Hibiki-an, and Den's. I'm also buying selected teas from a local seller. (This doesn't include the PG Tips that my husband gets at the local grocery store every couple of weeks!)

Drinking: nothing (yet), but it's sunny and warm outside. Shincha weather, right?
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Postby RussianSoul » May 17th, '08, 10:48

chamekke wrote: Shincha weather, right?


Right! I am having a perfect cup of Hatsumi! I am so pleased with it I wanted to share. After all this trial and error, mostly error, and with Chip's help I got it. :D

Hatsumi rocks!
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Postby Sydney » May 17th, '08, 10:51

Does Salsero count as a vendor? :lol:
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Postby Chip » May 17th, '08, 11:15

RussianSoul wrote:
chamekke wrote: Shincha weather, right?


Right! I am having a perfect cup of Hatsumi! I am so pleased with it I wanted to share. After all this trial and error, mostly error, and with Chip's help I got it. :D

Hatsumi rocks!


WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!! Glad you "got it."
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Postby Victoria » May 17th, '08, 11:34

Nice pic Sal - love roses and Bodum cups!

Today's poll has been a focus of mine lately. I have decided I buy way too much tea, and I need to cut down my bookmarks and stop visiting other than my favorite vendors. And YES, I am deleting my bookmarks! I am down to eight now and plan to make more cuts. I have narrowed it to 3 vendors only for premium oolongs. And 2 for everyday and variety those two being NM Tea Co and of course Adagio. So I voted 5 that I use regularly.
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Re: My first time with Asamushi

Postby augie » May 17th, '08, 11:37

Salsero wrote:The roses, what good are they if a man has no one to give them to?


Thanks for sharing them with us. Loved the nudes and the "dirty pictures".

I shop around for tea. Locally, and over the internet (mostly). O'cha, Pu Ehr shop, Hou De . . . Adagio, of course.

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Postby Jeremy » May 17th, '08, 11:51

Im pretty new to this. But I have found O-cha, Ito en, and some of the vendors on ebay to be good.

Drinking: My first Shincha. It is 2008 Kagoshima Shincha--Premium Grade, from Ito En.

I used 1 semi heaping teaspoon to about 4 oz of water at about 175 deg. I actually got 3 steeps out of it, which is surprising. It is one of the most wonderful senchas I have tasted. Sooo sweet and fresh.

Got the recommendation for Shincha from this board, thanks people! :lol:

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Postby Salsero » May 17th, '08, 12:03

Ron Gilmour wrote:However, with all those roses, it's not very butch. You may need to expectorate in public as a counterbalance.


chamekke wrote: (... the PG Tips that my husband gets at the local grocery store every couple of weeks!)


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Postby TimeforTea » May 17th, '08, 12:42

I voted one, since adagio is the only vendor in which I have ordered from more than once. I would say that 90% of the teas in my tea cabinet right now are from adagio. :D The other 10%: from den's, dragonwater, teacuppa, ocha, teaspring, New Mexico tea company...

This morning, I had another tea from ScruffMcGruff's package, called Imperial Delight.

I love using the gaiwan!
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Postby tenuki » May 17th, '08, 12:44

Teasweetie wrote:I love using the gaiwan!


Cool! so it went well then? You're gonna get hooked. :D
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Postby TimeforTea » May 17th, '08, 12:47

Victoria wrote:Today's poll has been a focus of mine lately. I have decided I buy way too much tea, and I need to cut down my bookmarks and stop visiting other than my favorite vendors. And YES, I am deleting my bookmarks!


DELETING bookmarks?! Wow. Last night, I spent a couple of hours just organizing my tea bookmarks into tea subcategories: teaware...blogs...tea to get...vendors by type of tea...! :oops:
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Postby TimeforTea » May 17th, '08, 12:48

tenuki wrote:
Teasweetie wrote:I love using the gaiwan!


Cool! so it went well then? You're gonna get hooked. :D


You guys on IM were great! I don't know why I thought it'd be difficult. I didn't burn my hand, and I didn't spill too much... Anyways, I can tell I'm already hooked!
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Re: My first time with Asamushi

Postby henley » May 17th, '08, 13:08

augie wrote:
Salsero wrote:The roses, what good are they if a man has no one to give them to?


Thanks for sharing them with us.

Yeh, Sal. Where else can one man give so many women beautiful flowers every day? :wink: Thanx!

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Postby chamekke » May 17th, '08, 13:11

I am a gaiwan virgin.

Part of me wants to remain pure, actually. It's expensive enough to be a fan of Japanese teawares without looking longingly towards China!

P.S. "Which part"? Ha ha. Ever the queen of inadvertent straight lines...
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Postby TimeforTea » May 17th, '08, 13:12

Jeremy wrote:Drinking: My first Shincha. It is 2008 Kagoshima Shincha--Premium Grade, from Ito En.

I used 1 semi heaping teaspoon to about 4 oz of water at about 175 deg. I actually got 3 steeps out of it, which is surprising. It is one of the most wonderful senchas I have tasted. Sooo sweet and fresh. Jeremy


Jeremy, thank you so much for including your brewing parameters and your taste impressions! :)
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