OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.


"Official Tea Tasting Initiative" Teas shared & discussed.

Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby JRS22 » Oct 7th, '10, 20:59

Parcels should arrive Saturday or Tuesday for virtually all USA participants ... and who knows about international which are often either faster than stateside or much longer


Excellent timing - my Tea Gallery small gaiwan is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow. I can christen it with TGY!
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby TwoPynts » Oct 8th, '10, 09:45

JRS22 wrote:
Parcels should arrive Saturday or Tuesday for virtually all USA participants ... and who knows about international which are often either faster than stateside or much longer


Excellent timing - my Tea Gallery small gaiwan is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow. I can christen it with TGY!


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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Drax » Oct 8th, '10, 17:10

I got my OTTI #5 tea in a couple days after mailing, I'll cross my fingers for a Saturday arrival -- it would be great to have it for the holiday weekend!
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Chip » Oct 9th, '10, 09:36

Thanks to IPT aka http://www.chinese-tea-culture.com/ for putting together this interesting collection of TGY for our OTTI 6!

I have added brewing suggestions to the OP (for easy access to participants) from ChineseTeaCulture! It is also below, see quote below. In judging the amount of leaf, I would also suggest at least 1 gram per ounce water. Each sample contains 8 grams. I have been using about 4 grams (half your sample) per 3-4 ounces water, perfect for a typical gaiwan. This might be light for some palates, feel free to use more leaf or less water.

Then follow the guidelines below from IPT aka Chinese TeaCulture.

I would also suggest following the links provided below for interesting information as well as product information on these teas. :mrgreen:

I am certain IPT would be happy to answer any specific questions.


Tie Guanyin is ideal for brewing in either a Gaiwan or Teapot. There are several steps in brewing gongfu style tea. There are variants to the gongfu tea ceremony, this is the basic type.

Step1 Heating the tea set:
Fill your Teapot or Gaiwan hot water and then pour the hot water into the serving pitcher and teacups. This is done to clean and heat the tea ware to prevent it from cooling off the tea too quickly, which will affect the aroma of the Tie Guanyin Tea liquor.

Step2 Cleaning the leaves:
Fill your Gaiwan or Teapot 1/3 to ¼ of tea leaves. Add 200 degree Fahrenheit water. Wait 20-30 seconds and pout the first brew into the serving pitcher and then the teacups. The first brew is not for drinking, but to clean the dust off the leaves and to allow the leaves to start to unfurl.

Step3 Second brew:
For the second brew, pour the water from a higher elevation to allow the leaves to swirl in the water. Brew the tea for 1 to 2 minutes depending on your taste. If your tea seems a bit bitter, you have either added too many tea leaves or brewed it for too long. Feel free to adjust the leaf amount and brewing time to suit your tastes.

Step4 Subsequent Brewings:
For each subsequent brewing, let the tea brew a little longer each time.


The Five Senses and Tieguanyin Tea
When drinking Tieguanyin Tea, your five senses should be brought into play to get the most out of your tea.
1. Sight
High quality Tieguanyin has heavy, tightly curled leaves of consistant color. The liquid is golden in color and the leaves, after being brewed are are thick and bright.
2. Sound
During processing, Tieguanyin Tea is kneeded and then put into cloth bags which are twisted very tightly to give the tea its shape and weight. When dropped into a teapot, good leaves make a ringing sound, whereas poorer quality leaves make more of a thud.
3. Smell
The dried leaves should have a sweet orchid flower aroma and the brewed tea should have a similar flavor with a hint of chestnut. This is the main difference between this and other Oolong Teas.
4. Taste
The flavor of the tea should swirl around the mouth and tongue. This tea should not be gulped, but sipped and savored. Swirl the tea around your mouth with your tongue to fully enjoy the tea's delicate flavor.
5. Feel
The teas leaves should feel heavy and solid.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Seeker » Oct 9th, '10, 18:38

OTTI #6 arrived!
Awesome packaging!!! Brilliant!

Perhaps some immediate tasting is in order...
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Chip » Oct 9th, '10, 18:44

Seeker wrote:OTTI #6 arrived!
Awesome packaging!!! Brilliant!

Perhaps some immediate tasting is in order...
:wink:

Wow, who needs priority! Mailed Thursday at around 4 pm Eastern time from near Philly ... all the way to San Francisco.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby brandon » Oct 9th, '10, 19:46

Thanks, Chip, IPT.

Spoiler Alert!

Tasting #5 - I will admit I was not expecting much of the entry level, color me surprised. Not much in the way of taste (and I am using 8g/100ml), but plenty of other things coming to the party.

Good thick feeling in the mouth, nice coating, only a tiny bit of drying - more like salivating. Plenty of aftertaste and an overall feeling of calm. I am listening to some tiny ladies on strings named Amiina - is not hurting my mellow.

Guess that about sums it up - Mellow Yellow.

Can you tell us when these teas were harvested?

Parameters at a glance:
8g / 100ml eggshell gaiwan
Poland Spring (~40 TDS) - full boil.
flash rinse, 10, 15, 15, 30 etc etc.

I am uncovering the gaiwan between brews. All subsequent notes will follow the same parameters.

I've had 5-6 infusions without much sign of letting up.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Chip » Oct 9th, '10, 20:16

Thanks Brandon!

Nice spoiler alert. :mrgreen:

I will let IPT discuss the harvest info. I had discussed this quite a while ago with him, but I seem to have had a mental lapse. :oops:
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby IPT » Oct 9th, '10, 23:33

Hi Brandon. I'm really happy you liked #5. Just wait until you get to the higher qualities.

All of the Tie Guanyin in this OTTI was picked earlier this year around the end of April. I just got some summer picked teas, but I think that the ones in the OTTI are better.

Have an awesome tea day!
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Seeker » Oct 10th, '10, 01:43

Tasted #1 and #2.
Photos are all of #1.

leaves in warmed gaiwan:
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leaves steeping for 1st infusion:
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1st infusion liquor:
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#1 had for me a predominant starchy character in aroma and flavor, not in a flawed way, but reminescent of potato/squash.
#2 was similar but less so, with interwoven floral and fruit notes.

Cheers.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Victoria » Oct 10th, '10, 02:08

Wow, that looks delicious. Nice pics!
Mine didn't come today. :(
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby brandon » Oct 10th, '10, 07:35

#4 is already a marked improvement. "Eggy" protein taste, more delicate aroma, greenish tint to tea liquor.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby JRS22 » Oct 10th, '10, 07:58

Color me green with jealousy. Here I am, new 2 oz gaiwan ready to brew oolong, and there's no mail delivery until Tuesday. Darn those federal holidays!
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Proinsias » Oct 10th, '10, 17:31

Nice pics Seeker, I've not had any green looking oolong for a while. Can't wait for the postie now.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby rhondabee » Oct 10th, '10, 19:01

I have tried the 5th & 4th grades of this tea. I used 1/2 of the sample in a 120 ml gaiwan.

The 5th grade was pleasant to drink and very green. It was not strongly scented or flavored, but still pleasant. Broth is very pale greenish-yellow. On the second infusion I got a nice flowery scent from the wet leaves. Leaves were pretty torn, not uniformly sized and kind of stiff feeling. The tea was done for me by the 4th/5th infusion.

4th grade: Dried leaves smelled very fresh - green & herbal. The wet leaves are more uniform in size & a bit smaller with more whole leaves, though still stiff feeling (have no idea if that is good or bad). The broth is a greenish-yellow. Okay, the scent of the wet leaves on the first infusion was like fresh cooked new potatoes with butter. On subsequent infusions I also detected a slight sour scent (or maybe dill?) along with the potato scent. I am now thinking that very green oolongs just have a kind of potato scent to my nose. I've recently had some baozhongs that also were scented like this, although not quite as strong. The flavor of the tea is stronger than the 5th grade, again with that kind of potato/starchy flavor. Good mouth feel. Flavor began to taste weakened by 5th infusion. Can't wait to try the rest of the samples.
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