MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

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MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby Remick » Oct 1st, '12, 16:47

Received my order quickly, then again, Cerritos (in southern CA) is only a few miles away. Because I hadn't heard any negatives in this area, I wasn't too concerned, but fast shipping is always nice.

On to the more important things, like a free bag of Dong Ding with my order. We're talking near as makes no difference, one ounce of tea. And here I thought Den's was cool with their extras. Actually, it's less that there was a sample and more the fact that the order wasn't THAT big. Yet, a free bag all the same. Classy. Very classy.

Here's where I need some advice from those who participated in the OTTI: A bag of Imperial Pearl is sitting here staring at me but I was hoping for some time, temp, & ratio breakdowns before tearing into it. Chip? Deb? Anybody?

Finally, for those of you who ordered, what were your selections? For me, I also have some Spring Gao Shan in addition to the aforementioned Dong Ding.

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Re: MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby Chip » Oct 1st, '12, 18:18

Imperial Pearl. I am pretty happy with 2:1 ratio, 6 grams in 3 ounces water. Near boil for first steep. I am sure I brewed well over a minute with no problems.

Hope you have better luck with it this time! Olfactory memory can be quite hard to break! :shock:

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Re: MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby Remick » Oct 1st, '12, 20:19

For right now, I'll sum I.P. up with this:

It's as if it was different tea. Very similar, yes, but so much better.

Wet leaf aroma:

Joy of joys, it's... a little smoky, and rather earthy.

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Re: MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby edkrueger » Oct 1st, '12, 20:29

Take a around 200ml cup add 3 around 4 grams of tea. Rinse and add water. Add water to taste while drinking.

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Re: MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby Remick » Oct 2nd, '12, 02:12

Larger cup, small amount of tea, add water while drinking...

Would I be correct in calling this "grandpa style" (with nod to MarshalN and his blog)?

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Re: MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby edkrueger » Oct 2nd, '12, 11:44

Yes. I think that is generally the best way to do hong cha and lu cha for that matter. Taiwanese reds often do particularly well.

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Re: MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby debunix » Oct 2nd, '12, 16:02

Since I've been playing with the Imperial Pearl more, I haven't done any measurements. I have brewed it relatively with hot water (205 from the kettle), and combined infusions/bulk brewed, tasting as I go to be sure the first infusions don't overwhelm.

It's quite forgiving, and when I've overdone, I just dilute with more water until I like it again--a sort of variation on 'Grandpa style', I guess. I keep a pitcher of cool water handy on my tea tray for diluting and cooling as needed.

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Re: MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby minor_glitch » Nov 26th, '12, 13:22

Just noticed on twitter that today is the last day of their black friday sale. A bunch of teas are $5 for 5oz. http://www.mountaintea.com/collections/black-friday

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Re: MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby ethan » Nov 26th, '12, 15:32

Thank you, minor_glitch. Placed an order.

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Re: MountainTea - The OTTI Afterglow

Postby sherubtse » Nov 26th, '12, 18:36

minor_glitch wrote:Just noticed on twitter that today is the last day of their black friday sale. A bunch of teas are $5 for 5oz. http://www.mountaintea.com/collections/black-friday


Yes, some great teas at great prices. Too bad I am already loaded up with their teas.

Best wishes,
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