Welcome to ...OTTI 2010 Round 2, Silver Needle!!!
Supplies will be limited as I mentioned previously. First come, first served. If you want to participate, PM me asap! See my reply post below for the nuts and bolts on how to participate.
I am currently finalizing the 4th and 5th selections for this round. The first 3 (see below) are quite unique and interesting and considered premium offerings! The 4th is also very unique and interesting, though I cannot announce it yet. There will be at least 5 Silver Needle selections in this Round!
TBH, I have never personally had 5 Silver Needle selections all at the same time. This should be exciting!
Here are the first 3 Silver Needle selections. The 4th and 5th will be great selections as well! GreenTeaLovers: Adam's Peak White from Ceylon http://greentealovers.com/greenteaproductswhitetea-slct.cfm?itemcode="ADAMSPEAK"
This should be an exciting selection! Ceylon Silver Needle have always been outstanding in my limited experience with themKenya Silverback http://greentealovers.com/greenteaproductswhitetea-slct.cfm?itemcode="ORGANICKENYAW"
I have never had a Kenyan Silver Needle, have you? Rishi Tea Silver Needle Premium Organic (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)
from Fujian, China http://www.rishi-tea.com/store/silver-needle-premium-organic-white-tea.html
Remember ... 2 more "mystery selections" will be added to this Silver Needle OTTI!!!
In addition, at least one bonus tea will be added. I am betting no one will have tried this special selection!
Cost for Round 1 for current members of TeaChat:
USA members: $7.00
Canadian Members: 8.50 UDS
European Members: 10.00 USD
__________________________________________________________________EDIT: Greetings OTTI participants!
Hopefully you will be receiving your teas very soon! All packages went out Thursday and Friday with one exception. This was quite an undertaking, 3 OTTI-s at the same time. Note to self, don’t do that again!
This was also exasperated by several unanticipated delays, most notably a vendor who was most uncooperative and who I will be posting about shortly. Also there was a problem with the packaging! So, I did have to majorly improvise this time around! My apologies! Hopefully the packaging will be fully resolved in time for the next OTTI.
So when you receive your OTTI, I would suggest opening it up and placing the samples into more packaging. You can place the samples in their current wrapping directly into a canister or a vendor foil bag.
The packing is a bit of a balancing act. I would not want to over extend thus significantly increasing the participants cost for the OTTI-s, but the packaging was NOT as planned and will improve!!!
So, look for improvements there. This being the first rounds, there will be a learning curve. I am open to constructive comments, suggestions!
OK, now on to the TEA!
Remember to post in the OTTI topics!!!
__________________________________________________________________EDIT 2: OTTI Round 3 Silver Needle!
Some of these I never tried before, some vendors I never tried before ... so we learn and experiment together!!!
There should be 5 samples. Each sample contains virtually 8 grams of leaf except for the Adam's Peak which contains 4 grams, so if you use half for each session, that is 4 grams. I am offering the leaf ratio I used for each, however you can adjust according to your tastes. Links for each tea are located under OTTI Round 3 on the forum.
The 5 selections are:
GreenTeaLovers Adam's Peak from Ceylon
GTL Kenya Silverback
Rishi Silver Needle Premium Organic
Adagio Silver Needle
Rishi Fuding Grand Cru
__________________________________________________________________EDIT 3: Brewing.
Remember to have fun! I never had 5 different Silver Needle selections at one time and plan on having a blast tasting and comparing. Brewing vessels.
Silver Needle can be brewed in just about any brewing vessel, even just a glass. How much.
If you have been on TC long enough, you have likely heard the term ratio used in determining how much leaf to use. A ratio is simply general or preferred strength that allows increasing and decreasing of either leaf weight or volume water while keeping the strength steady.
Your leaf ratio is calculated X grams leaf : Y ounces water. If you fill in the grams at 4, you can adjust the amount of water to find your ratio. Or you can fill in a value for the water and adjust the amount of leaf. I am suggesting using 4 grams leaf for each session and adjusting the amount of water. And I offer corresponding amounts of water below based on using 4 grams, rounded off. This will also give you 2 full sessions, just use half each time.
1:1 4 grams : 4ounces water
0.9:1 4 : 4.5
0.8:1 4 : 5
0.7:1 4 : 5.5
0.6:1 4 : 6.5
0.5:1 4: 8
Just about any Shincha, I will first try at a ratio I somehow intuitively come up with … then adjust with future sessions. Below are my somewhat adjust ratios for each tea. Again if you are newer to sencha, you might want to adjust down a bit, but that is up to you! Based on the ratio, you can plug in the values listed above, or create your own. Temperatures!
This is subjective. I have tried 160-185* and seem most comfortable around 170ish*. Some will like it hotter than this.
Time, really subjective. I have heard 1-8 minutes. I generally go light on time, 1-2 minutes. If you are brewing semi Western style, you can brew with less leaf and more time. Regardless, Silver Needle typically produces more of a sublime cup. Problems:
Too intense, decrease leaf. Too bitter, decrease temp and/or time. Cooler water makes for a less aromatic but sweeter cup. Multiple steeps.
Absolutely! A good rule of thumb for me … This will vary by taste and selection.
2nd 170*, 30-60 sec
3rd 175*, 60 sec
4th 185* 60-120 sec
5th near boiling, 2-3 min
More steeps please!