OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado


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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby FlyedPiper » Jun 22nd, '12, 12:21

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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby Chip » Jun 25th, '12, 16:09

:mrgreen:

OTTI 14 Hakoniwado Shincha parcels are enroute to your TeaTables! :mrgreen:
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby Chip » Jun 27th, '12, 01:56

I will be updating the earliest posts of this topic ... so check that out. This includes the key post and brewing post.
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby Chip » Jun 27th, '12, 03:18

Brewing suggestionas are now up in an early post of this topic: http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=17408&p=222892#p222892
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby JRS22 » Jun 27th, '12, 07:51

Chip wrote::mrgreen:

OTTI 14 Hakoniwado Shincha parcels are enroute to your TeaTables! :mrgreen:


I started hovering by the mail slot yesterday!
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby JRS22 » Jun 27th, '12, 11:21

JRS22 wrote:
Chip wrote::mrgreen:

OTTI 14 Hakoniwado Shincha parcels are enroute to your TeaTables! :mrgreen:


I started hovering by the mail slot yesterday!


Hovering paid off - OTTI 14 is here!
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby sriracha » Jun 27th, '12, 11:23

JRS22 wrote:
JRS22 wrote:
Chip wrote::mrgreen:

OTTI 14 Hakoniwado Shincha parcels are enroute to your TeaTables! :mrgreen:


I started hovering by the mail slot yesterday!


Hovering paid off - OTTI 14 is here!


Kyaaa...!
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby Chip » Jun 27th, '12, 11:35

GREAT, JRS! :mrgreen:

sriracha, yours I placed into a bottle, corked it and threw it into the Schuylkill River which will eventually find the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on currents, you should have it "soon." :wink:
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby iannon » Jun 27th, '12, 11:38

Chip wrote:GREAT, JRS! :mrgreen:

sriracha, yours I placed into a bottle, corked it and threw it into the Schuylkill River which will eventually find the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on currents, you should have it "soon." :wink:

MAn..I hope you didnt do that to me..I am landlocked!
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby sriracha » Jun 27th, '12, 11:42

Chip wrote:GREAT, JRS! :mrgreen:

sriracha, yours I placed into a bottle, corked it and threw it into the Schuylkill River which will eventually find the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on currents, you should have it "soon." :wink:



With the crazy weather we've been having the Gulf Stream might as well have started flowing the other way so...I'll make a note in my diary to go down and check sometime 2017. :lol:
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby Chip » Jun 27th, '12, 11:43

iannon wrote:
Chip wrote:GREAT, JRS! :mrgreen:

sriracha, yours I placed into a bottle, corked it and threw it into the Schuylkill River which will eventually find the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on currents, you should have it "soon." :wink:

MAn..I hope you didnt do that to me..I am landlocked!

Being a prez election year and all, I went with DEM, Donkey Express Mail! :twisted:
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby JRS22 » Jun 27th, '12, 12:32

We're enjoying a good weather day - not too hot, not too muggy, perfect for lots of Japanese greens. I began with the Kikyou, because it was on the top when I took the tea out of the envelope.

Since I was brewing it 'like' Gyokuro, I decided to brew it in my shib gyo set. That was a mistake, because by the third steep I had difficulty pouring the tea. This illustrates to me how the traditional design was developed so specifically for gyo that it doesn't work well for other tea. Still, the tea was delicious, with no bitterness on the first two steeps. I'm sure the third steep would have been just as good if I had brewed it in my kyusu.
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby Xell » Jun 27th, '12, 13:09

I've modified brewing instructions on page a bit. What i was trying to make is some kind of "neutral" suggestion. A point where to start for relative new people. Though now more clear, that need to adjust to your own taste. Chip sure helps with brewing recommendations for OTTI, since he knows better general preference on TeaChat :)

Oh, and it was me, who pushed in hojicha in this 'green' OTTI. I'm quite a fan of hojicha and really curious how it will be received by people, most likely many here would not try it otherwise :roll: Trying to get more attention on this great type of tea :)
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Re: OTTI 14 Shincha Hakoniwado

Postby Chip » Jun 27th, '12, 16:14

Whatever you do, pay attention to your senses. Focus.

For example, I have noticed something different each time I have sampled the Botan. It is an intriguing selection. One time I had a very sweet veggie aroma rise up from the liquor I had just poured into cups ... it filled the entire tea table area. I never was able to repeat this.

Another time, I caught a distinct whiff of cherry right after pouring the 3rd steep ... though it was fleeting.

Anyway, some of these may surprise you in ways you just did not expect.
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