OTTI Round Schedules


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OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » May 21st, '10, 16:25

Greetings TCers.

This will be an ongoing topic where Round schedules will be declared AHEAD OF TIME. I hope to give 3 day lead time of the actual Round topics.


EDIT: below is a tentative schedule of OTTI that are currently planned. There are more even more tentatively planned, so if you do not see something you are hoping and waiting for, hang in there ...

And tentative means completely subject to change! :mrgreen:

See also the FP (first post after OP) in the OTTI Suggestions topic for the master list of OTTI suggested by you our members!


Round 1 ShinCHAAA
Round 2 Silver Needle
Round 3 Master of the Oolong
Round 4 Shincha Encore
Round 5 Pu-OTTI, Young Raw Pu-erh - Still tasting and discussing!
Round 6 Anywayyouspellit, it's still TGY - Still tasting and discussing!
Round 7 Sencha Asamushi
Round 8 Sencha Fukamushi
Round 9 Pu-OTTI of the 90's
Round 10 Shincha 2011
Round 11 Sencha 2011
Round 12 Zencha Kagoshima Introduction
CURRENT Round 13 O-Cha Shincha 2012
CURRENT Round 14 Hakoniwado Yame Shincha 2012
ANY DAY NOW! Round 15 MountainTea Range of Gaoshan


Round # Korean tea and "tea"
Round # Oolong "N to Z"
Round # Wuyi
Round # "Deal of the Century"
Round # Long Jing, TPHK, Lu An Gua Pian, Zhu Ye Qing
Round # Spectacular Gyokuro

Round # Pu-OTTI Pre 90's ... TBD
Round # MatCHAAA

Check back often to see what is happening!!!
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » May 21st, '10, 23:03

Here is the schedule for Rounds 1,2,3. All times are Eastern USA.

Monday 5/24 @ 9 pm: Round 1 ShinCHAAAA! There will be an excellent grouping of new harvest 2010 Sencha. Some of these are even new to me!

Tuesday 5/25 @ 9 pm: Round 2 Whites, Silver Needles to be precise ... a selection of gems.

Wednesday 5/26 @ 9 pm: Round 3 Oolongs, a selection including some from Adagio's Master Series.


On the above dates, I will post the designated topics under OTTI. These topics will include all the information you will need to participate as well as information on the actual teas.

Remember, first come, first served. :mrgreen:
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Dresden » May 21st, '10, 23:24

Outstanding!!

I am really looking forward to this! :mrgreen:

Are you going to post brewing suggestions for each tea in the round? I was just thinking that it may give some consistency to what we are each tasting.
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby TubbyCow » May 21st, '10, 23:26

OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH.

I'm probably way more exited than I should be. :D
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chesslover » May 22nd, '10, 08:34

Chip wrote:Remember, first come, first served. :mrgreen:


What about us Europeans? This is middle of the night CET :(
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby horsencl » May 23rd, '10, 16:01

Ugh, of course I have to work late tomorrow. Hopefully I won't be too late. I've very excited too :D. I think brewing suggestions would be a good idea. Gaiwans would probably be the easiest way to achieve consitancy, no?
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » May 23rd, '10, 16:27

Chesslover wrote:
Chip wrote:Remember, first come, first served. :mrgreen:


What about us Europeans? This is middle of the night CET :(

Touche! Thank you. I will reserve a few spaces for Europeans for up to 12 hours after the official opening of each round!

Remember as previously stated in another OTTI topic, there is a higher shipping cost to Europe ... not much, maybe several dollars. This would be added to the cost for European participants.
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » May 23rd, '10, 16:36

Dresden wrote:Outstanding!!

I am really looking forward to this! :mrgreen:

Are you going to post brewing suggestions for each tea in the round? I was just thinking that it may give some consistency to what we are each tasting.

Yes ... however in the discussion, members can certainly add suggestions. I am obviously pretty astute when it comes to greens. :mrgreen:

As we venture into other types, this gets more challenging as we all vary to a degree on how we brew oolongs for instance. Then vendor guides are all different.

This aspect will certainly be ... very interesting!

horsencl wrote:Ugh, of course I have to work late tomorrow. Hopefully I won't be too late. I've very excited too :D. I think brewing suggestions would be a good idea. Gaiwans would probably be the easiest way to achieve consitancy, no?


Gaiwans will work well for many teas, but not so well for Round 1 which will be mostly Fukamushi Shincha which is a fine particle tea. It can be done, but can be really challenging. Part of the learning curve in participating in OTTIs will be to come to a better understanding of complimentary brewing vessels. :mrgreen:

TubbyCow wrote:OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH.

I'm probably way more exited than I should be. :D

OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH, not possible!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chesslover » May 23rd, '10, 16:46

Chip wrote:Touche! Thank you. I will reserve a few spaces for Europeans for up to 12 hours after the official opening of each round!

Remember as previously stated in another OTTI topic, there is a higher shipping cost to Europe ... not much, maybe several dollars. This would be added to the cost for European participants.


Thank you Chip :D
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » May 23rd, '10, 16:52

Chesslover wrote:Thank you Chip :D

You are welcome ... :mrgreen:
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby rabbit » May 24th, '10, 13:01

I'm excited about shincha and oolong... white is just meh. 8)
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » May 24th, '10, 13:54

OK, tonight (Monday) will be Round 1. 9 pm Eastern time.

One possible glitch. My brother is in from Chicago, so I might struggle a bit to get this posted right at 9, but I will do me bestest! :mrgreen:
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » May 26th, '10, 21:04

... tick tock tick tock ... OTTI number 3 is coming! Just around 10 minutes late!
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby brian » May 26th, '10, 21:05

The family is waiting for me to finish cooking dinner. I've put them on hold :D
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » May 26th, '10, 21:23

brian wrote:The family is waiting for me to finish cooking dinner. I've put them on hold :D

Your priorities are in order ... :mrgreen:
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