OTTI Round Schedules


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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby JRS22 » Jun 28th, '11, 08:48

Now I have to keep my fingers crossed that I'll have wi-fi access when it's time to send that pm.
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby BioHorn » Jul 3rd, '11, 22:05

OTTI, as mysterious as area 51?
What is the news Chip!?
Summer= perfect for green. :)
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » Jul 3rd, '11, 22:55

Well, this has been a tough Spring to bring forward the ShinchOTTI.

Originally this was going to be a dual OTTI featuring an asamushi and a fukamushi shincha OTTI, running concurrently. 10 different shincha.

This all came undone on March 9th. As we watched the events unfold, the Japanese tea industry was also in turmoil.

Then just when we thought, OK, the worst is over, then all the smoke and mirrors happened in Shizuoka. For a while it was hard to discern exactly what was going on. Since at least 1/3 of the dual OTTI shincha teas were to come from Shizuoka.

But bottom line, Shizuoka teas were contaminated. But we did not know how bad the situation was. I decided to wait til after the government officials determined how the teas were going to be tested so we could hopefully make heads or tails out of the situation.

Sadly, a final determination was made, I would not include Shizuoka tea in OTTIs for the foreseeable future. I just could not include them in good conscience.

On top of this, everyone in the Japanese tea industry was scrambling ... and Shincha was moving on. Time was not on my side.

Then, on a personal note, after a long "illness" my father passed away ...

OK, enough bad news, there is some good news. I have 2 shincha asamushi and two shincha fukamushi which I will combine into one OTTI. There will be 10 grams of each selection for participating members to sample/taste. And these are very divergent selections!!!
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby David R. » Jul 4th, '11, 07:46

Chip wrote:I have 2 shincha asamushi and two shincha fukamushi which I will combine into one OTTI. There will be 10 grams of each selection for participating members to sample/taste. And these are very divergent selections!!!


Nice ! :)
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby mlafranc » Jul 4th, '11, 15:50

Chip, your dedication to this community is much appreciated!
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby bob » Jul 4th, '11, 17:29

Great! I want to re-visit the green teas this summer so this OTTI sounds perfect!

But I start with holidays in about 2 weeks... Any chance the OTTI starts before?
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » Jul 5th, '11, 01:12

David R. wrote:
Chip wrote:I have 2 shincha asamushi and two shincha fukamushi which I will combine into one OTTI. There will be 10 grams of each selection for participating members to sample/taste. And these are very divergent selections!!!


Nice ! :)

Nicer yet ... this is the Official 3 day notification of this OTTI going live. The Shincha OTTI will go live on Thursday July 7 at 6 PM Eastern USA time.

What does this mean? In 3 days I will post the official topic here and members can "sign up." So, mark your calenders and watch for the topic!!!


mlafranc wrote:Chip, your dedication to this community is much appreciated!

Thank you kindly, it is a labor of love!

bob wrote:Great! I want to re-visit the green teas this summer so this OTTI sounds perfect!

But I start with holidays in about 2 weeks... Any chance the OTTI starts before?

Hopefully this somewhat answers your question, Bob. Hope you can join us!
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby senchalover » Jul 5th, '11, 10:00

Will these be organic? Probaly not, Huh. I try to just drink organic teas.
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » Jul 5th, '11, 10:10

senchalover wrote:Will these be organic? Probaly not, Huh. I try to just drink organic teas.

Sorry, not this round, but I am scheduling an organic sencha OTTI! All I know is that I am planning for this calender year.
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby bob » Jul 5th, '11, 16:59

Chip wrote:The Shincha OTTI will go live on Thursday July 7 at 6 PM Eastern USA time.


Cool, this suits me fine. I'll set the alarmclock!

Could you please tell us a bit more about the selection? Are the four teas more like typical representatives of their class, or are they more like special, uncommon versions? Since you selected them, I trust they are all very high quality! :D
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » Jul 6th, '11, 01:30

bob wrote:
Chip wrote:The Shincha OTTI will go live on Thursday July 7 at 6 PM Eastern USA time.


Cool, this suits me fine. I'll set the alarmclock!

Could you please tell us a bit more about the selection? Are the four teas more like typical representatives of their class, or are they more like special, uncommon versions? Since you selected them, I trust they are all very high quality! :D

I can say this for now, they are each quite different from each other. I will include all the details in the actual topic.
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Nenugal » Jul 6th, '11, 05:22

Chip wrote:
bob wrote:
Chip wrote:The Shincha OTTI will go live on Thursday July 7 at 6 PM Eastern USA time.


Cool, this suits me fine. I'll set the alarmclock!

Could you please tell us a bit more about the selection? Are the four teas more like typical representatives of their class, or are they more like special, uncommon versions? Since you selected them, I trust they are all very high quality! :D

I can say this for now, they are each quite different from each other. I will include all the details in the actual topic.


Very interesting, I'm looking forward to this :)
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chip » Jul 6th, '11, 15:07

Nenugal wrote: Very interesting, I'm looking forward to this :)

+1! Shincha tastings always are!

The Shincha OTTI will go live on Thursday July 7 at 6 PM Eastern USA time.

What does this mean? In 3 days I will post the official topic here and members can "sign up." So, mark your calenders and watch for the topic!!!

... tick tock tick tock ... time is quickly (at long last) approaching. The teas are chillin' in the TeaFridge!

... OK, I will say this, the 4 teas for this OTTI will be from Uji, Kagoshima, Yame, and Ureshino! :mrgreen:
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby Chasm » Jul 6th, '11, 20:06

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: OTTI Round Schedules

Postby lkj23 » Jul 7th, '11, 17:15

Today :shock: :shock: ¿?¿?¿? This is a sorprise for me, I knew nothing of this Otti
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