Fryday TeaDay 4/18/08

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Has TeaChat and/or TeaDay caused you to try a tea(s) that you were previously not interested in trying?

The question is more like how many, absolutely yes to both
9
20%
Yes to both
18
39%
Yes to one or the other, but not both
8
17%
Possibly, let me do some soul searching
2
4%
No, I do not think so
7
15%
Definitely NOT
1
2%
Other
1
2%
 
Total votes: 46

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Apr 18th, '08, 16:59
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by Ron Gilmour » Apr 18th, '08, 16:59

I doubt I'd be sampling pu-erhs if not for this site.

Today, lots and lots of Tao of Tea's "Black Bear" 2nd flush Darjeeling.

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by Pentox » Apr 18th, '08, 17:16

Teasweetie wrote:
Pentox wrote:So far today, i'm experimenting with cold brewing bad sencha. And by bad I MEAN BAD.


Hmm. I must pass along a quote that someone said to me when I was a noob oh so long ago...

"Life is too short to drink bad tea."


I do it in the name of SCIENCE. oh wait, not really. um in the name of TASTY TEA and knowing what it takes.

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by Pentox » Apr 18th, '08, 17:18

GalileosDaughter wrote:
Pentox wrote:
GalileosDaughter wrote:I probably never would have tried matcha but I'm thinking of ordering the Ippodo starter set.


Dooo it


LOL, doesn't take much to convince me...okay. :D


Never ordered from Japan before. And the pics from the matcha thread are just gorgeous.


Welcome to the land of matcha. You will never be the same.

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Apr 18th, '08, 17:52
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by tenuki » Apr 18th, '08, 17:52

A 90s ZhongCha yellow stamp 7571 sample from awoono is what I'm working on now, almost through the awoono samples. Thankfully this one finally has some Qi along with a walnutty bitterness (green power) that isn't unpleasant but is kinda weird in a shu.

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by RussianSoul » Apr 18th, '08, 18:19

tenuki wrote: Thankfully this one finally has some Qi ...


Here's a question from the peanut gallery:

What's Qi?

Occasionally I see references to Qi that sound either mystical or psychedelic. But I never could find a definition.

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Apr 18th, '08, 19:10
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by tenuki » Apr 18th, '08, 19:10

Teasweetie wrote:
Chip wrote:
Teasweetie wrote: This morning, I have sencha in my cup. Now who was it again who always posts so enthusiastically about sencha...??? :lol:


Tenuki??? :twisted:


Mr. Oolong??? No, silly!!! :lol:


Image

Who you calling Mr. Oolong?!?!

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Apr 18th, '08, 21:20
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by witches brew » Apr 18th, '08, 21:20

tenuki wrote:Who you calling Mr. Oolong?!?!

Of course, that's Mr. Tea!

Laughter aside, I must say that TeaChat certainly caused me to try teas I had never even heard of a few months ago. Today was a stellar TeaDay for me. I had a lemony-citrusy tisane this morning, and I just had the treat of a lifetime, my first cup of sakura sencha from ItoEn. Very subtle flavor.

And I even put a sprig of cherry blossom in a tiny vase on my tray. And used my new kyuusu that you haven't seen yet (camera battery needs charging).

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Apr 18th, '08, 21:48
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by Chip » Apr 18th, '08, 21:48

Teasweetie wrote:
Pentox wrote:So far today, i'm experimenting with cold brewing bad sencha. And by bad I MEAN BAD.


Hmm. I must pass along a quote that someone said to me when I was a noob oh so long ago...

"Life is too short to drink bad tea."


Tenuki??? :lol: He has to be the person behind one of your comments.

Guricha...really nice, but it is simply guricha.

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Apr 18th, '08, 23:18
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by RussianSoul » Apr 18th, '08, 23:18

Thank you, Tenuki. I did not realize that Qi and Ch'i are the same thing. I am very much familiar with Ch'i.

Now that I have general point of reference, could you describe how you experienced Qi through your tea today?

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Apr 18th, '08, 23:39
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by Space Samurai » Apr 18th, '08, 23:39

Its been a Yunnan/Rishi tea day. I had a few cups of golden yunnan followed by a side by side comparison of Rishi's Moonlight White and White Peony.

I think I need to swing back over to Japan before the day is over.

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by auggy » Apr 18th, '08, 23:43

ThinkingOutLoud wrote:Thanks to reading around here, I've ordered a sample of Yunnan Gold, which is on its way. I was just before ordering some TKY to try, but yesterday's in depth discussion on precisly how to brew it to achieve satisfaction has, I think, totally scared me off! So out of my cart it will go.

Don't let it scare you off. TKY was literally the very first oolong I brewed ever and I just followed the package directions and YUM. You should try it - even though you can be really precise and detailed while brewing it, you don't have to be to make a good cup! :D

Oops - forgot to add: I've tried yunnan gold (which I like more the more I try), golden monkey and orange blossom oolong and I've bookmarked others to go back to. Shoot, TeaSweetie has about gotten me ready to give citron green another try. Maybe one day when I'm in the mood for Fruity Pebbles. :lol:

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by Salsero » Apr 19th, '08, 00:52

Trioxin wrote: (I'm weird, I like 'em young)
Actually, my impression from the IM and other interchanges is that most of us n00bs like young puerh more than old. It might be because good aged puerh is very very expensive, so we haven't tried that much. You may be weird, but not for that reason.

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Apr 19th, '08, 02:15
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by Space Samurai » Apr 19th, '08, 02:15

Finished the night with two bowls of matcha and three cups of sencha.

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the 5 sessions of Japanese tea...

by Chip » Apr 19th, '08, 02:21

1 cup Gyokuro

Space Samurai wrote:two bowls of matcha.....

three cups of sencha.


...4 cups karigane...

fiiiivvvveee cupssss Guricha...

(anyone get it?)

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by ThinkingOutLoud » Apr 19th, '08, 06:37

Friday saw my next to last cup of citron green before my sample disappears, lots of casablanca twist, and that revolution tropical green iced. And (drum roll, please) an order at Adagio which included a sample of TKY. :shock: Thanks to all for the encouragement!

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