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 David R. » Oct 19th, '10, 10:41

#5 yesterday : nothing exuberant, but nonetheless very enjoyable. A common TGY as I have drunk many times. It does its work, but does not leave an everlasting memory.

#3 currently at work : more powerful aromas, like the eggy notes mentioned before (remind me of french fresh "quenelle") and after a few brews, more floral notes appear (orchid) which linger in the mouth for a while. Very good tea.

4g in a 9/10cl gaïwan - 30 sec for 1st brew.

I voluntarily skipped #4 to try a "competition style" brew (7g/10cl - 90") at home.

Many thanks to both IPT and Chip. I am truly happy ! :)
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby TwoPynts » Oct 19th, '10, 12:00

I drank #1 yesterday but was not feeling well so don't feel like my session did it justice. It is a quality tea with distinct if subtle flavor though and I look forward to a second session soon.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Geekgirl » Oct 19th, '10, 23:36

#4 today, it was wonderful. I had a headache and it magically went away! Nah... not really. :lol: But it was super good, and I enjoyed it immensely, in spite of the headache. 8)
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby entropyembrace » Oct 19th, '10, 23:39

Geekgirl wrote:#4 today, it was wonderful. I had a headache and it magically went away! Nah... not really. :lol: But it was super good, and I enjoyed it immensely, in spite of the headache. 8)


I have had headaches magically go away after drinking tea...

they were probably caffeine withdrawal headaches though :?
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby IPT » Oct 20th, '10, 00:01

I get horrid caffeine withdraw headaches, really painful ones.

Thankfully, a few cups of tea and they magically go away. :lol:
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Chip » Oct 20th, '10, 00:15

+1, sleeping in is murder actually, killer headache. But a few sips of morning sencha and it begins to fade away ... we are such junkies! 8)

Oh wait, this is an oolong OTTI, yeah ... a few sips of oolong ... :roll:

Thank you everyone for your continuing reviews and comments! Keep 'em coming!

Thanks again IPT for your awesome participation in this OTTI.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby iannon » Oct 20th, '10, 00:43

Had #5 last night and #4 tonight. I found #5 pleasasnt and quite drinkable. nothing like any wow factor but surely enjoyable
#4 had stronger floral/honeysuckle notes comign through. very like some other TKY's ive ordered from FA in the past when they were reliable.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby IPT » Oct 20th, '10, 02:01

Chip wrote:Thanks again IPT for your awesome participation in this OTTI.


You are quite welcome. Thank you. I am just happy everyone is enjoying it.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby iannon » Oct 20th, '10, 02:35

IPT wrote:
Chip wrote:Thanks again IPT for your awesome participation in this OTTI.


You are quite welcome. Thank you. I am just happy everyone is enjoying it.

yes thanks from here too! ive just made it thru the "lower" two but I quite liked them both. cant wait til tomorrow to move up to #3
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby IPT » Oct 20th, '10, 04:58

Thank you. I look forward to hearing what you think.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby puerhking » Oct 20th, '10, 12:06

Drinking #3 - Has a nice heavy mouthfeel to it. There is an overlying herbaceous flavor that dominates yet makes way for the eggy and slightly floral tones. This seems to be a bit more complex than number 2, which I also liked, and has the viscosity of the first one...which I was not crazy about.

These are unique TGYs to be certain.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby LauraW » Oct 20th, '10, 18:15

So far have had both #5 and #4, both I think would make wonderful everyday teas. Unfortunately, with the move imminent, I had to pack up almost all the teaware (kettle, Ingenuitea, stainless steel pot and 2 cups are being left to the last minute) so I feel inadequately prepared to try 1, 2, and 3 until I can bring back out the gaiwan.

I will say that apparently my palate isn't quite as discerning as many others, as while I thoroughly enjoyed both that I've tried so far, I haven't noticed an overwhelming difference. I did pick up slightly more floral tones in #4, but that was the most noticeable difference. Maybe the next 3 will make a bigger difference for me - looking forward to those eggs and potatoes :lol:
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby Proinsias » Oct 21st, '10, 18:27

Drinking number one just now, had two earlier and three a few days ago.

Overall I found one and two quite similar, three and four quite similar and five sort of on it's own.

One, two and five stood out as the best for me. Five had more thickness and more of the buttery mouthfeel with one and two being more lively, fruity and complex. My wife tried one, two and five and much preferred one and two.

The number one I'm drinking at the moment, around the tenth brew, is good stuff. Clean, fruity, durable and a nicely balanced.

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

Postby David R. » Oct 22nd, '10, 09:16

#2 after lunch. 4g/10 gaïwan. 1'/95°C

Dry leaves in hot gaïwan : floral notes and a hint of acid notes too (vinegar) which disappeared after the 1st brew.

Aromas are quite different from #3. The egg is replaced by full floral and sweet perfumes. The tea is limpid, flows easily in the mouth, where it takes place and begins to evolve into a wonderful after taste. I pushed my brewing times further to explore this aftertaste. The tea was very responsive and didn't reply by any bitterness of any sort.

I realized that maybe I was a little shy and that I should try longer times from now on with TGY. I should also try using more leaves, although with 4g the gaïwan is pretty full in the end. Maybe I should try to pack a teapot heavily.

Only regret for #2 : I would have wished for more brews, but that is certainly a consequence from extracting more from each brew.

Very pleasant tea ! Very light and floral, good after taste.
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Re: OTTI Round 6 TGY, however you spell it.

Postby brandon » Oct 22nd, '10, 13:05

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Preview: OTTI #1 vs MTR "Selected Grade"

Spoiler:
No "winner," this is a Fall 2009 tea vs a slightly more oxidized Spring 2010 tea. Both enjoyable for their own merits!
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