Wednesday 2/13/06 is TeaDay, of course!


BYOT! Enter TeaChat here, you never know what you may find!

On average, how many minutes a day do you spend on TeaChat?

Less than 30
8
18%
30-59
12
27%
60-119
9
20%
120-179
4
9%
180-239
4
9%
240 or more
8
18%
 
Total votes : 45

Postby Chip » Feb 14th, '08, 01:27

Space Samurai wrote:I avoided your poll cos I don't want to know.

Today's tea:

Matcha Miyabi - Den's Tea
Dan Cong Classic - Tea Spring
Dan Cong Feng Huang - Tea Srping
Dan Cong Song Zhong - Tea Spring
1982 Wenshan Bao Zhong - Red Blossom
Charcaol Roasted Tung Ting - Red Blossom
Fukamushicha Maki - Den's Tea


Wow, Space, that is another amazing TeaDay you had.

I went with oolong for my 2nd tea of the day. Wu Ling Taiwan oolong. Tried it with hotter water than normal...didn't do it for me, back to slightly cooler water next time.

So, only 2 teas today. I always feel shortchanged somehow when I have less than 3.

I will blame it on feeling sick and be glad I had 2.
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Postby tenuki » Feb 14th, '08, 02:52

Went to Floating Leaves tea tonight and at Scruff's request had the Taiwan WuYi Baozhong. What an interesting tea, definately not something I would usually seek out. It's the same varietal as the well known WuYi cliff tea (red robe) from china, but is cultivated as a Baozhong in Taiwan. The processing is somewhat different too apparently. The result? Well, I dont' know much about these teas so I'll just report what I tasted.

Leaves greener than shown in the picture - that's obviously the wrong photo in the online catalog for the tea, greener, more like a Baozhong, unless you smell it, then you get a persistant but not overpowering smokey/roasty scent with undrelying hmn, ?floral? ? hmn. no idea.

First brew - the smokey feeling flows through you but doesn't alight. There is a strong bitterness like the skin on walnut meat or dark semi sweet chocolate, a faint room temperature peach, and maybe a hint of, can it be that baozhong, hmn, no. strong bitterness in the aftertaste that teases you with sweetness and fire. They are competing, but strike a moving balance.

third brew - the smokey really comes out to play but again it just drifts through you, you can't get a taste bud on it, perfect smokey to me, I hate it when that taste sticks to your tounge. I swear I feel it in my chest too, weird.

fourth - smoke is more muted. from here on out it feels like the tea settles down, the balance between the semi-sweet bitter and faint peach is established, and the fire settles into a steady flame. I never really indentified it, but there is something that all this rides on, a structure - maybe someone with a more sophisticated palate can figure it out.

Would I drink it again? hmn, maybe, if I'm in the right mood. I have the feeling it would really grow on me, far more than the couple of chinese wuyi''s I've had, which left me feeling like I had eaten charcoal and not much else. Hope that answer your questions Scruff. :) Don't expect either a Baozhong or a Chinese WuYi.

Shuiwen told me that she had to make a special effort to get some this year, as last year someone else bought up the whole limited production run before she got hers. Evidently this isn't a very common Taiwanese tea and certainly an uncommon Baozhong, which was my experience drinking it as well.

I promise to quit posting epics - someone please stop me if you see this happen again.
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Postby tenuki » Feb 14th, '08, 02:54

Space Samurai wrote:I avoided your poll cos I don't want to know.

Today's tea:

Matcha Miyabi - Den's Tea
Dan Cong Classic - Tea Spring
Dan Cong Feng Huang - Tea Srping
Dan Cong Song Zhong - Tea Spring
1982 Wenshan Bao Zhong - Red Blossom
Charcaol Roasted Tung Ting - Red Blossom
Fukamushicha Maki - Den's Tea


My goodness, you must be the poster boy for the JITTERS!
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Postby Eastree » Feb 14th, '08, 03:01

tenuki wrote:
Space Samurai wrote:I avoided your poll cos I don't want to know.

Today's tea:

Matcha Miyabi - Den's Tea
Dan Cong Classic - Tea Spring
Dan Cong Feng Huang - Tea Srping
Dan Cong Song Zhong - Tea Spring
1982 Wenshan Bao Zhong - Red Blossom
Charcaol Roasted Tung Ting - Red Blossom
Fukamushicha Maki - Den's Tea


My goodness, you must be the poster boy for the JITTERS!
How do you thik he typed all of that in under twelve seconds?
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Re: yeap

Postby tenuki » Feb 14th, '08, 03:31

Salsero wrote:
ash37 wrote:but i had some Darjeeling Puttabong FTGFOP1 First Flush and some Darjeeling Makaibari FTGFOP1S Organic and they were both very nice
Nothing like a good Darjeeling to take the edge off. I used to live in Valpo for a year or two back in the 70's.


There is a lot of edge in Indiana.
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Postby Chip » Feb 14th, '08, 04:02

Tenuki, thanx for sharing your tea tasting experience with all of us. No one will stop you here!!!
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Postby olivierco » Feb 14th, '08, 05:29

tenuki wrote:Now drinking a fantastic Baozhong from Floating Leaves Tea.

Thanks for writing such detailed posts, especially with indications of time, quantity.
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