Thank you for your comments.
I hope to see the overall OTTI taking us on a grand journey over time. There will be more beginner grades to higher grades with member costs from 6 USD to 50 USD, perhaps even higher. This is NOT a profit driven adventure, it is an adventure in sharing teas with other aficionados. It is about opportunities in tastings that would likely not be available otherwise.
As wyardley has alread mentioned, each OTTI requires a LOT of time, I am conservatively estimating it at 15-25 hours per OTTI including the Mrs.' assistance.
I certainly see a higher grade aged pu OTTI at some point. But at my level of knowledge on sheng, I was very happy and appreciative to sample the new sheng and the 90's sheng offered in these OTTIs. This was my comfort level for this Pu-OTTI.
What I am trying to do with the Gyokuro OTTIs is something new for TeaChat. I have had my share of 25 USD gyokuro which IMHO is usually good for blending purposes and not generally very good on its own with 1-2 exceptions. Often these so called gyokuro are not even gyokuro at all, but misnomered kabuse. Truly, good gyo starts in the 40's and very good ones in the 50's. We will hopefully have less exensive Gyokuro -OTTIs!
I proposed 3 separate OTTI' consisting of 15 different gyokuro, the rarest of Japanese teas. 5 would be in the 60ish USD price range, 5 in the 80 USD, and 5 in the 100 USD ranges. These are the rarest of rare selections of gyokuro. Why do this, I guess I could ask, why not?
Nobody will be forced to do this, it is as always, if you want to do it, here is the opportunity. 5, 10, or 15 stunning gyokuro-s.
In order to pull it off, instead of going to all these vendors and asking for their most rare and expensive teas, I decided to buy. It truly would have been virtually impossible to pull off these 3 tastings otherwise.
Bottom line, this is an exception to the rule series of OTTIs and a rare opp for members to sample 15 rare and exceptional gyokuro selections that would not be possible otherwise. A different course of action is required in order to pull it off.
OTTIs will likely continue to be offered at nominal cost and generous sources of donated product.
Besides, I am only human, it would simply be extremely time consuming and futile to source 15 free gyokuro in this range, plus I could not offer the exact gyokuros I want to.