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Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby Chip » Sep 28th, '11, 02:42

Greetings fellow TeaFriends and welcome to a new TeaDay. Let us celebrate TEA by sharing what is in our cups thoughout the day.

Since today is a FreeDay TeaDay, please feel free to open discussion on whatever topic you want, after all, this is our TeaRoom.

We are looking forward to sharing this TeaDay with everyone, bottoms up.

Oh, be sure to check out OTTI 11 2011 Sencha at 3 pm Eastern USA time ... today. I hope you will join us for this tasting ... I think it will be a great one.

Bottoms up!
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby Nenugal » Sep 28th, '11, 04:26

Starting the day with Tsuen x O-cha Limited Edition Uji Asamushi Sencha "Hana no Kaori". Plans for the day: joining the new OTTI.
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby blueye » Sep 28th, '11, 06:22

What taste in chinese tea that you like?
a) sour
b) sweet
c) fragrant (is that a taste?)
d) bitter
e) salty
f) astringency
g) smoothness
h) other?

personally i like d, f and a bit of g.
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby Chip » Sep 28th, '11, 08:34

blueye wrote:What taste in chinese tea that you like?
a) sour
b) sweet
c) fragrant (is that a taste?)
d) bitter
e) salty
f) astringency
g) smoothness
h) other?

personally i like d, f and a bit of g.

I would add terms "flavor profile" which includes taste and aroma.

And add to your list ...
i) floral
j) vegetal
k) smokey
l) earthy
m) fruity
n) marine
o) umami
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby Chip » Sep 28th, '11, 08:38

Nenugal wrote:Starting the day with Tsuen x O-cha Limited Edition Uji Asamushi Sencha "Hana no Kaori". Plans for the day: joining the new OTTI.

That is if I ever stop deleting the drafts of the OTTI topic ... I did so twice ... ARG!

How do you like the Hana no Kaori?
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby Nenugal » Sep 28th, '11, 09:16

Chip wrote:
Nenugal wrote:Starting the day with Tsuen x O-cha Limited Edition Uji Asamushi Sencha "Hana no Kaori". Plans for the day: joining the new OTTI.

That is if I ever stop deleting the drafts of the OTTI topic ... I did so twice ... ARG!

How do you like the Hana no Kaori?


I think it is quite good, I gave it 5+ on my scale from 1 to 7 (the scale originally went to 6 until I tasted YMLE). In the beginning I was a bit disappointed that I didn't notice so much of the oolongish (oolongy?) characteristics that it is supposed to have, but after drinking it several times, I'm appreciating it more and more as a good asamushi.
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby debunix » Sep 28th, '11, 11:27

In varying combinations in different teas, I like sweet, floral, grassy, smoky, earthy, spicy, fruity, tart, toasty, camphorous, vegetal and please not too much astringency or bitterness to overwhelm the above.

Sayamakaori sencha to start today, first time in a couple of weeks, and so happy with the sweet, grassy, vegetal, and lightly astringent brew.
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby Chip » Sep 28th, '11, 12:14

debunix wrote:In varying combinations in different teas, I like sweet, floral, grassy, smoky, earthy, spicy, fruity, tart, toasty, camphorous, vegetal and please not too much astringency or bitterness to overwhelm the above.

Sayamakaori sencha to start today, first time in a couple of weeks, and so happy with the sweet, grassy, vegetal, and lightly astringent brew.

Dang ... how could I forget grassy!!!!!!!!!!!??????????!!!!!!!!! :lol: And camphor as well!!!
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby Chip » Sep 28th, '11, 14:04

OTTI 11 2011 Sencha topic:

http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=16311&p=207950#p207949

Began the TD with a prelim OTTI tasting of ... (now that I can actually say it) ... Takumi from Zencha with the Mrs.

Hope you can join us in the OTTI 11 round! :mrgreen:
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby DarkenedSun » Sep 28th, '11, 17:01

So sad, no tea for me today. Had to see the evil dentist. :evil: No tea until the pain goes away. :(
However, once I regain the ability to drink tea without feeling like I'm dying... I'm gonna bust into the samples I got from JK Tea. I'll keep y'all posted in the puer topic. 8)
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby Jspigs » Sep 28th, '11, 18:41

I received an order of tea today that I have been waiting for. I just finished steeping some of the kukicha I received and now I can't get enough of the stuff! :) Unfortunately adagio (the place I ordered from) only has the sample size and teabags in stock. Looks like I will be stocking up on sample size packets soon. For a tea this good it is worth it! I also received some ti kuan yin which is also good.

Anyone else get new tea today?
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby JRS22 » Sep 28th, '11, 19:03

No new tea today - but a number of unopened bags of tea that arrived from Japan and China (via Arizona) last week.

Kukicha is often available later than sencha and gyokuro. The sample might be 2010 tea, with 2011 on the way. Kukicha was my first favorite Japanese tea. I still love it, but the one I'm drinking now is a karigane from O-Cha. Maybe I'll try the Adagio again when its back in stock.
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Re: Wednesday FreeDay TeaDay 9/28/11

Postby Missdekitty » Sep 28th, '11, 21:40

I've been craving tea all day today and finally have time tonight for a cup or two. For the longest time, I've been kicking myself for buying a larger bag of Adagio's golden monkey that I had somehow enjoyed as a sample, but subsequent brewings left me wishing I hadn't bought so much. Forcing myself to use up the tea and trying to find why I initially liked it so much, I recently found the tea leaf to water ratio that I must have used when sampling it, making it an enjoyable tea for me again. :D
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