Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?


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Today we look back at December. Wednesday we look at 2011. What was your tea(s) of the month for December. Please share.

It was ... black
5
12%
Oolong
8
19%
Green
11
26%
White
1
2%
Yellow
0
No votes
Pu-erh
1
2%
Other
2
5%
Bonus ... from China
7
17%
Bonus ... from India
0
No votes
Bonus ... from India Darjeeling region
0
No votes
Bonus ... from Japan
6
14%
Bonus ... from Ceylon
0
No votes
Bonus ... from Taiwan
1
2%
Bonus, other
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 42

Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby Chip » Jan 2nd, '12, 20:31

Greetings TeaFriends and welcome to a new TeaDay!. But today we will look back. Please stop in and share what is in your cup with us thrughout the day. Also be sure to vote and discuss the topic of the day.

Yesterday ... ish we discussed holiday celebrations. Please continue to vote and discuss yesterday's topic.

Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. Today we look back at December. Wednesday we look at 2011. What was your tea(s) of the month for December. Please share.

We are looking forward to sharing this Teaday with ... everyone. Bottoms up!
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby Bryan_drinks_te... » Jan 2nd, '12, 21:54

I mostly drink greens, oolongs, and pu-erh, so no surprises here. I try to drink more greens than usual during the cold months in the belief that it helps combat colds and other bothersome things. happy new year, happy tea drinking, and see ya later. 8)

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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby SlientSipper » Jan 2nd, '12, 23:57

Hojicha and some Decent Sencha.
Both from Kyoto.
The Hojicha was rather stale but, not terrible.
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby Lerxst2112 » Jan 3rd, '12, 00:40

I gravitate towards the greens and Pu-erhs. Though Earl Grey will always hold a special place in my heart.
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby Chip » Jan 3rd, '12, 02:06

Oh, 2 votes today!!!
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby brlarson » Jan 3rd, '12, 09:25

Chinese oolong for me. 3 Stamp Shui Xian from the The Mandarin's Tea Room was my fave tea for December. Currently having a simple shui xian from Best Tea Online with breakfast.
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby JRS22 » Jan 3rd, '12, 10:28

Gyokuro was the winner for me - specifically Tsuru Jirushu from O-Cha, but perhaps the true winner was the teaware. I purchased the shiboridashi set from O-Cha and having everything designed to work together and work for Gyokuro made a big difference. I'm able to do the whole preheating and careful steeping routine without feeling as if I'm in chem lab!
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby AdamMY » Jan 3rd, '12, 11:56

I normally like participating in these, but I think I honestly need to say most the teas I had in December were pretty standard ( I am not counting MTR 60's Shui Xian as that is still going strong a few days into January).

So no tea really stands out for me for the month of December.
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby Stentor » Jan 3rd, '12, 12:27

Mine was the Organic Watsuka Sencha from O-Cha.
It started out as a bit of a disappointment for me. However, after a few more sessions with it, it either grew on me or I managed to get the best out of this tea with some slight modifications in brewing (especially using about 1.5x as much leaf as I normally do).
I actually started experimenting with using a (roughly 50 50) mix of hard water and soft water with some really good results! I've been brewing my tea like this for the past two weeks or so. I might actually keep doing this.

So in the end, I've had many delicious steeps of this tea.
They're not selling it anymore or what they had of it has been sold out. Not sure if I would have bought it again but it's good to see that not all is lost when the first few sessions don't turn out so great.
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby Chasen » Jan 3rd, '12, 12:36

Tea Forte' organic Earl Grey - tho' Earl Earl Grey has long been a favorite of mine, this one is super fragrant and soooo delicious! Also discovered Rooibos, which I find a wonderfully hearty, caffeine-free herb tea, great to drink on a winter evening.
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby debunix » Jan 3rd, '12, 13:47

No tea of the month for December: lots of good tea sessions, morning sencha, afternoon oolongs, evening puerhs, another session or two with the marvelous Gu Zhu Zi Sun green tea from Norbu, a really fine session with the loose 2009 Lao Ban Zhang mao cha from Norbu, an excellent session finishing off the Osmanthus fragrance Dan Cong from TeaHabitat, some very nice 'Kirameki' sencha from O-Cha, and a very nice session with a fresh box of Hankook's Hwang Cha, but no one that I drank several times or that was so far above the rest. It really was quite a good tea month.

What stood out more in December was Teaware--a new guinomi, a recent session where I finally shot several newer teapots and cups and a few teas (photos still not all finished/posted yet). And yesterday's teaDay (yes, it was January, but just barely!) included a surprise discovery of what appears to be a quite large 'yixing' pot, with matching cups, among the kitchen gadgets stuffed into every possible nook and cranny of my dad's den. It is unlabelled, and there is no packaging with it to give any clue when or how he obtained it. I'll be posting pictures later in the Yixing topic.

Today, no tea yet--started with hot chocolate instead. Tea soon.
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby teaisme » Jan 3rd, '12, 17:21

humm dunno my tea of month, but it was a good month :mrgreen:

Some Huang Mei Gui from jing tea shop while at work. Yummmmm. This one would come close to a tea of the month if I was good at making up my mind about 'the best new tea'!

Blessing of abundance and happiness for you all this new years!
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby iannon » Jan 3rd, '12, 19:37

It was on the LAST day of the month AND year..but 3 Stamp FTW. wow what a nice experience that was.
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby Casualconnoisse... » Jan 3rd, '12, 20:42

Ah, but alas! Ski season (and therefore race conditioning/training for me) picked up through early December and are now in full swing! I honestly didn't have time for more than a few brews all month with all the coming and going and running about. Tonight though, I have a rare and precious day off, and I plan to celebrate it with a nice, long session with some black tea-- or maybe the oolong I'm almost out of.
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Re: Mon/Tues TeaDay 1/2-3/2012 Tea of the month for December?

Postby entropyembrace » Jan 3rd, '12, 22:26

Teas of the month are oolongs from China...which one exactly I´m not sure...toss up between 2 from Life in Teacup...TGY Special Edition and Milan Dancong.
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