Thurs/Fri TeaDay 11/20-11/21 11 Big Mistakes?


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Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. In your TeaJourney, did you make a big mistake along the way. Think about this and be sure to share.

Yes, most definitely ... more than one
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22%
Yes, definitely
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17%
Yes, I believe so
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28%
Maybe
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No votes
I do not think so
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33%
No, definitely not
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Total votes : 18

Thurs/Fri TeaDay 11/20-11/21 11 Big Mistakes?

Postby Chip » Oct 20th, '11, 01:19

Greetings TeaFriends and welcome to TeaDay. Please do drop in and share what is in your cup with us throughout the day.

Yesterday we discussed "talking teapots. Please continue to discuss yesterday's topic.

Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. In your TeaJourney, did you make a big mistake along the way. Think about this and be sure to share.

We are looking forward to sharing this TeaDay with ... everyone. Bottoms up.
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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby FlyedPiper » Oct 20th, '11, 02:02

I don't think so. It's all a learning process. I have a few pieces of teaware I don't really need or use, but those are were gifted to me for the most part. I started out with the idea in mind to spend money on tea, not teaware persay. As long as it brews good tea I don't mind using cheaper stuff. Some expenses cannot be avoided however :)

I'm learning where to spend my limited TeaBudget.

Had the last of my sencha in stock this morning :( . Sippin' on some bush tea.
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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby boywoodhe » Oct 20th, '11, 05:40

I voted for: I do not think so. ;)
Drinking tea for 20 something years, I never made a BIG mistake , to the best of my knowledge. For this chilly morning in florida, iam drinking a nice hot cuppa of yunnan noir black tea from adagio.
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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby debunix » Oct 20th, '11, 11:59

Can't think of any 'big' mistakes: when I was first getting started with tea I didn't have enough time or money to be able to make large, expensive errors. And when I finally started to explore more, I did so while studying some good books and sites like this one.

I do wish I'd started exploring more broadly sooner, and that I hadn't wasted so much effort on jasmines.....but I can't call those 'Big' mistakes.

Now enjoying one of the OTTI samples in my big Petr Novak chawan. Mmmm, very nice stuff. I want to finish a blind session of each before posting any results, however.
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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby artmom » Oct 20th, '11, 12:30

My mistake was not exploring oolongs sooner.

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby AdamMY » Oct 20th, '11, 15:13

Where do I begin...

First two yixing teapots felt like purple terracotta, and made tea taste like mud.

I have bought way to much puerh (this mistake is a mistake in my own personal eyes, and I know for others, I have far to little young puerh).

I am sure there are others, but those two definitely stick out.
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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby JRS22 » Oct 20th, '11, 16:32

I definitely made BIG mistakes when starting out. I bought loads of sample tins from Adagio and gave away or threw away many of them. While the Chinese greens might not have been the equal of Jing, and the Japanese greens might not have been the equal of O-Cha's, I'm sure I could have coaxed some good tea out of those samples if I had better brewing advice.

Finishing up my second OTTI Sencha of the day. Both good, and I'm sure the second session of each will be even better.
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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby Jspigs » Oct 20th, '11, 21:39

I voted definitely. I bought A yixing tea set that I loved but then I forgot to remove wet tea leaves from the tea pot. Te tea pot now has an odd flavor that it imparts to every brew thus making it useful only as a decoration. Luckily it is an inexpensive slip-cast one so I am not out much money.
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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby brlarson » Oct 20th, '11, 22:14

Definitely made plenty of mistakes.

The most ridiculous one (which I've mentioned here before) was putting a 1/4 pound of stale jasmine tea into the garbage disposal -- should have composted it instead. It cost $135 dollars to have the drain cleared.

I'm working late so it's Hou de's shui xian this evening.
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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby Chip » Oct 20th, '11, 22:31

brlarson wrote:Definitely made plenty of mistakes.

The most ridiculous one (which I've mentioned here before) was putting a 1/4 pound of stale jasmine tea into the garbage disposal -- should have composted it instead. It cost $135 dollars to have the drain cleared.

I'm working late so it's Hou de's shui xian this evening.

Oh, that is a doozie! :lol:

Definitely made lots of "BIG" mistakes. Big being the operative word. Big pots, BIGGER mugs, BIGGEST must be bestest, right??? Though I did pick up some nice big pieces.

This was long before TC was even a twinkle in Adagio's eye. I was flying solo and relying on the trustworthy vendors who were only too happy to oblige.

Also back then, samples were really hard to come by, so it was usually 4 ounces or nothing. I usually went with 4 ounces of sooooo many teas.

Pretty common mistakes?

Began the TD with Silver organic sencha from the O-C with the Mrs. Next up, Guricha from Xell. And finished off with Kame Gyokuro from the O-C. Great TD.

Currently some iced SLT with a touch of honey ... love this stuff.
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Re: Thursday TeaDay 1/20/11 Big Mistakes?

Postby Jspigs » Oct 20th, '11, 23:03

Perhaps my mistake that I mentioned was not as big as previously thought. I just finished boiling the tea pot and now the bad taste is gone. :)

But I still have made many mistakes such as spending a lot of money on really poor quality teaware.
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Re: Thurs/Fri TeaDay 1/20-1/21 11 Big Mistakes?

Postby Chip » Oct 21st, '11, 08:19

:oops: Oops, did it again, forgot to mention that we will carry over the topic another day!

Getting ready to brew the morning sencha, which one will I choose? Stay tuned to find out what was in my cup this morning.

Happy Birthday Brandon!
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Re: Thurs/Fri TeaDay 1/20-1/21 11 Big Mistakes?

Postby David R. » Oct 21st, '11, 13:10

Happy Birthday Brandon !
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Re: Thurs/Fri TeaDay 1/20-1/21 11 Big Mistakes?

Postby Nenugal » Oct 21st, '11, 15:31

Happy birthday, Brandon!
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Re: Thurs/Fri TeaDay 1/20-1/21 11 Big Mistakes?

Postby teaisme » Oct 21st, '11, 15:38

Congratulations brandon :mrgreen:

Mistakes? Nah. Hum...ok maybe buying glass teaware. After the first 2 glass pieces broke I should have just stopped. But went two more breakages before I decided glass is not very good back pack portable tea ware :wink:

some wuyi shui xian today at work, nice with this colder weather we are having
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