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Do you have "Personal TEA Ceremony or Ceremonies" or rituals in your preparation and enjoyment of TEA?

Yes, virtually everytime I drink tea
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Yes, most of the time I drink tea
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16%
Sometimes when I drink tea
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29%
No, not really
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Definately not
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2/29/08, a BONUS TeaDay, Friday

Postby Chip » Feb 29th, '08, 02:53

February 29th, every 4 years, we get a bonus TeaDay...of sorts. As another bonus, today is the one month anniversary of TeaDay. Yeah, I know, not exactly a national holiday, but it has been a fun month for all I hope. A lot of fine TEA was sipped and a lot of interesting daily discussions...hopefully we learned a little about each other along the way!!!

Welcome to TeaDay. Sip TEA, share your cup with fellow TeaChatters, see what other TeaChatters od sipping as well. Everyone is welcome to TeaDay.

Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic centers on the question of whether you are ceremonious or ritualistic in your preparation of TEA. In your posts, let us know if you are, to what degree...and how. As always, I hope this will be a fun discussion and I hope we get to know each other a little more.

Have a great TeaDay, TeaChatters!!!
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Postby olivierco » Feb 29th, '08, 03:28

I don't really have any rituals in my preparation and enjoyment of tea.
Preheating the pot (the teacups if necessary), adding the leaves, smelling the leaves, pouring water, waiting, drinking, brewing another steep. Nothing fancy for me.
This morning Yunnan Golden tips for breakfast.
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Postby Space Samurai » Feb 29th, '08, 03:36

I have sort of a routine with matcha, for practical reasons more than anything else. For example, I pour my water into a samashi, and by the time I am done sifting my matcha, the water has reached a good temperature.
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Postby jogrebe » Feb 29th, '08, 03:59

Define ritual? For my ripe puerh I now always place 2 teaspoons into my 7oz yixing pot and I'm starting to lean toward the middle road between Gongfu and English brewing. I guess you can say that I'm on my way toward ritual as I've been on a search for a unique teacup to make my own. Don't know what exactly I'm after but I'm sure that I know when I've found it.

As of now I'm sipping tangerine puerh during a study break from writing my paper. Don't worry the paper is not due till Monday but I'm burning the midnight oil tonight because I really want to have it finished before the weekend starts.
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Postby Chip » Feb 29th, '08, 05:14

jogrebe wrote:Define ritual?
Fair enough...it can be an traditional or established ceremony or one contrived by you!
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Postby omegapd » Feb 29th, '08, 05:25

Not really. I do use the same tea pot and cup 99% of the time but thats about it.

On Sundays, when I'm off work, my wife will usually drink tea with me at lunchtime and we use a bigger pot and certain cups. I guess that can be construed as a "sometimes ritual".

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Postby augie » Feb 29th, '08, 06:35

Does my "tea ceremony" look like the YT videos posted on the forum . . . NO! (I thoroughly enjoy watching them, BTW) I wish I had time. Would anyone consider what I do to make/consume tea a "ceremony" -- probably not. I've stopped using coffee mugs for tea, though. Does that count for something??? :wink:
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Postby olivierco » Feb 29th, '08, 06:38

Houjicha for my lunch break, as usual: my only tea ritual during working days.
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Postby caradrake » Feb 29th, '08, 07:48

augie wrote:I've stopped using coffee mugs for tea, though. Does that count for something??? :wink:


I am still using various coffee mugs. :( I'd love to find some nice tea cups for me to use, because part of why I love drinking tea is the relaxing act of making it, and nothing would be better than to have a beautiful tea cup to enjoy as well ;)

To answer todays question, I don't have a ritual. I mean, okay, I follow the same steps, using the same device to heat water, etc. So I guess it could be called one... but only in a technical way?

I'm not yet drinking tea, but lately I've been drinking oriental spice as a chai. It does wonders to warm me up! Can't wait til spring.
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Postby TexasTea » Feb 29th, '08, 08:12

A ritual is whatever you consider it to be. I can find great comfort in the simple process of preparing a cup of tea - it doesn't need to be anything formal, it doesn't even need to be exactly the same every time. But when I fill the kettle with water and measure out a portion of tea, I pause - and wait. Time stops for a few brief moments while the magic of tea happens.

This morning's cup holds Adagio Irish Breakfast.
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Postby hop_goblin » Feb 29th, '08, 09:04

If ritual means doing the same thing preparation and brewing things each time the same way? Then yes. But when you only gongfu brew using yixing, then it naturally is a bit ritualistic to begin with. But I would not brew any other way! Nothing touches my Puerh and oolongs but zisha.
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Postby Victoria » Feb 29th, '08, 09:39

Most definitely there is a ritual to it, although it is my own mix of styles that fit and work for me. I'm chuckling at augie's comment of the thought of a YT Video of it. :o)

Starting this morning with my Adagio Assam blend.

Have a lovely day everyone!
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Postby cloudyday » Feb 29th, '08, 10:14

The closest thing I have to a personal tea ceremony is simply preparing, brewing and drinking the tea without doing anything else within that whole process. And I don’t even get to that very often, since I’m a habitual multi-tasker…dunno how that came to be…well, maybe I do, but I’m not getting into that here. lol

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Postby TimeforTea » Feb 29th, '08, 10:17

TexasTea wrote:A ritual is whatever you consider it to be. I can find great comfort in the simple process of preparing a cup of tea - it doesn't need to be anything formal, it doesn't even need to be exactly the same every time. But when I fill the kettle with water and measure out a portion of tea, I pause - and wait. Time stops for a few brief moments while the magic of tea happens.


TexasTea said it best! :D

I am enjoying my new morning, afternoon, and nighttime tea ritual very much.

This morning, I am thoroughly enjoying Lady Orchard Oolong, sent by none other than Victoria. I was skeptical about oolongs, but this one is excellent!

I keep looking at the brewed tea thinking it should be green. I noticed, too, that I have been *slurping* instead of sipping. :wink:

Happy tea day everyone!
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Postby Selaphiel » Feb 29th, '08, 10:27

It depends on what kind of tea I`m drinking. If it`s Japanese green or a good green chinese tea or oolong I would say it`s a ritual/ceremony. Especially when I do Gong Fu Cha, that is definitely a ritual.

Today I came home to some Da Hong Pao in my mailbox, so I ran 11 steeps Gong Fu Cha style in my new gong fu cha yixing pot which came in the same package. Very good, very interesting tea. The first thing that struck me is the complexity of the aroma, there is so many things going on, it`s hard to differentiate especially since I wasn`t doing any notes. The brew has no taste, only aroma. The liquid has a very delicious golden/mahogny color.
First 2 steeps were tough to make out, it`s a lot of aroma, but I can`t pin point it. Later steeps are same, but the middle steeps (4-8 ) has a very distinct after taste of plum/dried plum, it often appeared a few seconds after I swallowed. Very nice.
The last 3-4 infusions had something I would call a slight honey aroma, it was something sweet at least.
All in all a very interesting experience, looking forward to my next session with it.
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