Satterday TeaDay 4/19/08

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This sounds easy...or is it. Which is your favorite...your tea or your teaware

Tea hands down, without it there would be no teaware
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56%
Close, but I say tea, I love both
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17%
It is a tie...I cannot choose one
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15%
Close, but I say teaware
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10%
Clearly it is teaware. My teaware will last a lifetime, my tea a month
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2%
Other
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Total votes: 52

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Apr 19th, '08, 15:06
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by henley » Apr 19th, '08, 15:06

Today's question is hard to answer. I collected English teaware years before I began drinking tea. The teaware was what led me to drink tea. But I have to admit, it is nice to use the teaware for the purpose intended rather than simply have it out for display. Tea just taste better in a pretty cup.

Started the day w/vanilla oolong. It's good but not my favorite. We'll have to see what lands in the cup this evening once the kids are in bed.

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Apr 19th, '08, 15:52
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by tenuki » Apr 19th, '08, 15:52

Teaware is for beginners.

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Apr 19th, '08, 16:12
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by Chip » Apr 19th, '08, 16:12

tenuki wrote:Teaware is for beginners.


Tenuki just brews in his cupped hands, but he is an advanced Master.

OK, I need tea...

I have heard that Wesli just throws the dry leaves in his mouth and brews with his own saliva...fact or fiction???

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Apr 19th, '08, 17:00
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by bambooforest » Apr 19th, '08, 17:00

Teaware is merely an extension of the tea. It's whats on the inside that counts.

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Apr 19th, '08, 17:15
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by scruffmcgruff » Apr 19th, '08, 17:15

bambooforest wrote:Teaware is merely an extension of the tea. It's whats on the inside that counts.


*gasp!* :shock:

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Apr 19th, '08, 17:37
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by Chip » Apr 19th, '08, 17:37

A sheng 2005 Menghai Pu-erh cake sample from Brandon...I am lovin' the teaware more with this one. Definitely not hitting the spot, but it is very young.

The aroma is rather like lapsang, one of my least fav teas, so this is not going to appeal to me for that reason alone. But is is surprisingly astringent. I may have overbrewed it.

I am very green when it comes to Pu.

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Apr 19th, '08, 18:51
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by olivierco » Apr 19th, '08, 18:51

I like my teaware, but it will be nothing without tea, so I chose the first choice.

A very quite teaday for me, only a decent darjeeling and a sencha karigane, because I wasn't home for 36 hours. Tomorrow will be a fuller teaday for sure!

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Apr 19th, '08, 21:13
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by Katrina » Apr 19th, '08, 21:13

Until I drank tea from decent teaware this was a no-brainer. Then I discovered what a difference good teaware makes to the tea. Thus, I could not choose (and am glad I don't have to.) I'm continuing to exercise restraint on the teaware purchases though.

Today I tried some Organic Wuyi Oolong. Sadly I got it from a cafe we stopped by on the way home from the beach and it was in a to-go cup and very poorly brewed. Sad.

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Apr 19th, '08, 22:52
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by Space Samurai » Apr 19th, '08, 22:52

Hell yeah, I'm in the "top" 2%. 8)

If I did not like tea, I would still drink it if only to fullfill my teaware.

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by Tea Master of VA » Apr 19th, '08, 23:43

Tea is an entire aesthetic experience, from the boiling of the water, to the teaware, the way the tea is brewed, poured and the taste of the tea are now all integral parts of the tea experience for me. However, tea begat the teaware, and so i have to go with the tea.

I am now brewing some pouchong in my yixing pot

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Apr 20th, '08, 02:53
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by Chip » Apr 20th, '08, 02:53

Space Samurai wrote:Hell yeah, I'm in the "top" 2%. 8)

If I did not like tea, I would still drink it if only to fullfill my teaware.


Irony runs deep on TeaDay...your first vote...

I fixed up my Pu-erh problem earlier by simply adding a little hot water to the 1st steep. I have overbrewed it a bit. I lost count of steeps, but am still sipping this one. It is still not aged enough but it is interesting.

Moved on in the middle of the Pu session for another Japanese session of Sencha Gyo blend.

3 good teas today.

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by LavenderPekoe » Apr 20th, '08, 12:58

I voted tea. My teaware consists of a generic ceramic pot, an ingenuitea, and some coffee mugs.

I think my tea for yesterday was just some tea from Panera. That's it. I was kinda busy yesterday.

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