OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"


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OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 14:08

Welcome to OTTI 19 Origin Tea "Event of the Season!"

I have posted this topic for previewing ahead of the 6 pm Eastern USA time when this topic goes liveat which time members may post and members can email their interest in participating.

Please do not try to post before then as your post will either not submit or will be deleted automatically.

Stay TeaThirsty my friends,
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 14:08

Greetings TeaFriends,

Welcome to OTTI 19 “Event of the Season.” You are all welcome to take a virtual seat at this very fine OTTI round TeaTable for an extaordinary array of Taiwan Oolong. As usual, first come, first served.

Tony (TeaChat member SilentChaos also refered to as Tony in this topic) and I have been wanting to put together an OTTI round dedicated to his http://www.origintea.net/ for too long. But great things have resulted from our patience. OTTI 19 is a dedicated to one vendor round. It features 5 very premium, high-altitude selections from 2013 harvests. These are greener Gaoshan selections (from Taiwan).

Each participant will receive all 5 samples, 10 grams of each, 50 grams total. All samples have been vacuum sealed in Taiwan (many THANKS Tony!).

Also a very limited few of you who will be awarded the Bonus will receive a very special selection from Tony’s private collection.

Here is the line-up. There are no “fillers!” These are all premium high-mountain selections. Tony will be updating his site very shortly to offer expanded descriptions for each of these selections. So, keep checking his site for updates for each selection!

1. 2013 Spring, Da Yu Ling 95K
http://www.origintea.net/oolong/2013-spring-oolong-tea/2013-spring-dyl-95k

Harvest / Production Date: 24 May 2013 (Spring)
Region: Nantou County, RenAi Township, RongXing Village
Elevation: ~2300 meters
Picking: Picked and oxidized by hand
Oxidation: Minimal
Roast: Minimal

2. 2013 Spring, Lishan: Fushoushan High Mountain Oolong
http://www.origintea.net/2013-spring-fushou-shan-oolong

Harvest / Production Date: 10th of May 2013 (Spring)
Region: Taichung City, Heping District, Lishan village
Elevation: +/- 2400 meters
Picking: Hand Picked
Oxidation: Light
Roast: Minimal

3. 2013 Spring, Lishan: Hua Gang Oolong
http://www.origintea.net/2013-spring-hua-gang

Harvest: Spring 2013.
Region: Nantou District, Ren Ai Township, Cui Hua Village, Hua Gang tea area
Elevation: +/- 2350 meters
Processing: Picked and oxidized by hand
Oxidation: Medium-Light (+/-25%)
Roast: Minimal

4. 2013 Spring, Lishan: Cui Luan Light Roast Oolong
http://www.origintea.net/2013-spring-lishan-cui-luan-oolong

Harvest / Production Date: 8th of May 2013 (Spring)
Region: Lishan, North Cui Luan tea production region
Elevation: +/- 2200 meters
Picking: Hand Picked
Oxidation: Medium-Light
Roast: Light

5. 2013 Spring, Shan Lin Xi: Long-Feng-Xia High Mountain Oolong
http://www.origintea.net/2013-spring-sh ... g-feng-xia

Harvest / Production Date: 19th of April 2013 (Spring)
Region: Nantou District, Lugu Township, Zhu Shan Village, Long Feng Xia tea region
Altitude: +/- 1700 meters
Picking: Hand Picked
Oxidation: minimal
Roast: minimal

Limited Bonus [Private Collection] 2013 Spring DYL102K
http://www.origintea.net/private-collection-2013-DYL-102K-Supreme
The Bonus samples are awarded to topic participants. A few are already awarded. A few remain. Look for prompts from yours truly for another opp to receive the Bonus!

Participant Cost for this round is 20 USD plus shipping cost [EDIT, this might come down a bit. This round came together extremely fast! I had to speed up my guestimation process considerably. Everyone will receive the same lowest "price."] Regardless, this is below the cost per gram if you were to order the teas in larger amounts from Origin Tea. So this is an excellent opportunity to sample some of the best Origin Tea has to offer!

It is possible there may be 2X positions (double, you receive 20 grams of each selection) available. If you want to 2X this round, include this in your order email. Of course, we will allow everyone the opportunity to order 1X first. After a few days, if 2X positions are available, you will be so notified.


See next post for Ordering and Shipping directions.
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 14:13

Ordering and Shipping Information

For general info on how the OTTIs run, please see this topic: http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=16242 The biggest change is if you are interested in participating in this OTTI round, I am asking that you email me on or after 6 pm Eastern USA time today (Sunday June 23) with the information requested below. Email to teachatmoderator@yahoo.com ... SUBJECT: OriginTea OTTI.

If you email me from your paypal email, that will simplify things, but it is not necessary!

Keep in mind, OTTI is a not for profit tasting program. I have personally purchased these selections and personally paid to have them to be shipped to me. OTTI is not bankrolled by Adagio nor any other vendor/sponsor. This helps keep the tasting as objective as possible, limiting outside influences.

OTTI cost is less per gram for participants than if you purchased a bag from the vendor and had it shipped to you!

Shipping Cost in USD:

USA- $2.75. USA participants can upgrade shipping to Priority for $4.50 more.Canada/other North America $3.75
Europe/South America- $4.75
Asia/Australia/Africa- $7

Please remember, all OTTI related costs are simply that, costs. There is a cushion of around 1 USD per participant after estimated expenses to cover any "surprises" in shipping, etc. This is as always really tight, but OTTI is NOT a for profit program. It is to benefit those of us who want to sample great teas ... and it benefits vendors by promoting their offerings. And of course share the experience with other passionate tea drinkers.

Any surplus $$$ will roll over into the OTTI fund. Surplus at the end of the 2013 will go towards charity. For instance, The TC Japan Relief Fund has raised over $1300 for this effort
(Through OTTI and Teaware Special Offerings).

Email your interest to teachatmoderator@yahoo.com including your:

TeaChat User Name
Your name
Mailing address formatted exactly as it would appear on a package or letter addressed to you.
Country
If outside of USA, your phone number is recommended for customs forms/packages!
Paypal email address


After receiving your email, I will double check availability based upon order received. You will receive a reply asap! In the past I have endeavored to reply the same night. Ultimately you will receive directions for payment including amount owed … this may or may not be in the first email I send to you (depends on how crazy this gets :mrgreen: ).

There will be NO "Blind Key" for this round!
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 14:15

Brewing suggestions will be posted here ... though you can also visit http://www.origintea.net for brewing directions which are located on the same page of each selection.

[EDIT July 8]
For brewing suggestions from OriginTea, be sure to follow links to the individual selections located in the second post.

Although I am still taking my time working my way up the ladder from least to most expensive, I think at this point the only thing I will add to this is I prefered a higher ratio. So instead of 2:1, I would go 2.5:1 or even higher. Alternately I guess I could simply brew a bit longer, but my instincts say gimme more leaf. :mrgreen:

And enjoy! :mrgreen: Remember to post!!! :idea: :!: :arrow:
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 14:16

OTTI Rating System will be posted here.
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 17:00

60 minutes to the Event of the Season going live!!!
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 18:03

And we are live!!!
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 18:07

Fast and steady out of the gate! :mrgreen:

All are in so far ... and still plenty of seats remain. Though this has possibly been the fastest start to date for an OTTI.
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby 茶藝-TeaArt08 » Jun 23rd, '13, 18:11

Hope I made it. Thanks again for organizing the tasting. Blessings to Tony too! I'm excited for the process! :D
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Fabien » Jun 23rd, '13, 18:19

This OTTI kept me awaken 'til midnight but I'm sure it will be worth it.
Tea is one demanding hobby sometimes...
Thanks Chip, thanks Tony.
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OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby debunix » Jun 23rd, '13, 18:29

Set several timers to make sure I didn't miss this one. I've been craving some high mountain oolong.....
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 18:30

... in a bit of a lull after the initial rush ... :arrow:

All are in so far. Tonight I will reply to all emails received through tonight.
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby victoria3 » Jun 23rd, '13, 18:46

I'm looking forward to this Otti for sure. My oolong experience is limited to only two aromatic Taiwan high mountian oolongs a so far. To new high mountain doors opening !....
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '13, 20:32

Just went over the halfway hump! Weeee ...

So, if you have not already, please have a seat at this OTTI round table.
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Re: OTTI 19 OriginTea "Event of the Season!"

Postby Running for Tea » Jun 23rd, '13, 20:34

debunix wrote:Set several timers to make sure I didn't miss this one. I've been craving some high mountain oolong.....

Alarm set here too! Email sent right after 6 8)

I have no experience with oolongs, so I'm excited to broaden my tea horizons :mrgreen:
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