TuesDay TeaDay 5/27/08

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Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Mod Squad will descend upon Vegas to join Adagio at the World Tea Expo, what should we look for while there?

Spam Tea
3
7%
Spam Tea Time Snacks
0
No votes
Spam Can shaped teapots
2
5%
Spam Tea Tins
1
2%
Spam extract juice cocktail
1
2%
Spam Porn
11
27%
Spam "links"
0
No votes
Aged Spam Pu-erh
8
20%
SpamWare
3
7%
Spam Chawans
2
5%
Spam and Tea Cookbooks
1
2%
Orange blossom oolong Spam
7
17%
and plain old Spam
2
5%
 
Total votes: 41

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May 27th, '08, 14:39
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by Chip » May 27th, '08, 14:39

TimeforTea wrote:I vote for spamware, as I love viewing all the teaware porn!

Have a GREAT time at the expo!!! Don't gamble away any expensive tea!!! :lol: Chip, make sure to share what fabulous restaurants you go to as well!!

This morning, I brewed fukamushi sencha in my Den's kyusu. The aroma of the dry leaves is amazing!!! I really want to like this tea. I must be missing something here, because it just tastes too darn astringent and grass-like. These are the parameters another teachatter used with success that I used:

1st - 1 teaspoon, 4 ounces, 175 degrees, 45 seconds
2nd - 20-30 seconds
3rd - 1 minute


I am just finishing a session of Fukamushi Supreme from O-Cha!

I think you mentioned previously this was O-Cha's? Shizuoka leaf seems to like cooler temp. If you are preheating your pot, then I go with 5.25 or more grrams per 6.8 ounces (.80 ratio) So for 4 ounces, 3.2 ish grams. Get out your scale to see what that looks like...you have one, don't be too proud to use it. :wink:

Honestly, Fukamushi Supreme when brewed properly is one of the smoothest sencha I have had. And sweet! Some grassiness, but not overly.

Preheated pot, leaf in, 160-165* water (if you do not preheat your pot, then hotter water, 168-172*) for 1-1.5 minute. POUR SLOWLY allowing the water to pass over the settled leaf!!!!!!!!! This prevents too much astringency.
2nd steep...hotter, 175* for 15 sec and begin another SLOW pour.
3rd...hotter, 180* for 30-40 sec...slow pour.
4th if you chose...190*ish for 2 minutes...pouring no longer a critical issue.
5th if you are tea crazed like me...pour boiling water over leaf for at least 10 min.

The second and 3rd steeps are crazy soylent green color. The color of sencha liquor is mostly due to suspended leaf particles. I gently swirl these in my cup if I want to keep them in suspension, or I will allow them to settle...if I do this, the last drops wll be quite astringent...so I will save the the particles on the bottom for the next steep.

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by chamekke » May 27th, '08, 15:51

Chip wrote:My gosh, has everyone forgotten the "spam" that used to show up on TeaChat on a daily basis. You guys have grown spoiled. :lol:

For our Swedish friend who missed all the spam and may not be familiar with the term...

From dictionary dot com: a disruptive, esp. commercial message posted on a computer network or sent as e-mail.


Awww... and here I thought (from the capital letters) that you were talking about the delicious meat product Spam®, as serenaded by Monty Python in their viking diner skit.

I'm not sure, but I think there might have been a teapot in that skit. There were certainly tea cups:

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May 27th, '08, 16:22
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by bambooforest » May 27th, '08, 16:22

I want pictures. I also want an overview of the kinds of vendors there. What percentage of them were traditional? English style? etc.

Say hi to Den for me...

I just want details! Details, details, and details!

This is a major score for the ATT.

About to have more baozhong oolong, that a friend of mine picked up for me while he was there. Don't player hate, appreciate.

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May 27th, '08, 17:13
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by Eastree » May 27th, '08, 17:13

Heh ... I come to TeaChat today, only to find out two of our moderators are RUNNING OFF TO VEGAS TOGETHER! How shocking is THAT! See? A love of tea CAN rbing people together!

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by Beidao » May 27th, '08, 17:19

Chip: I appreciate that you explain! I also thought it was a reference to meat/Monthy. Since spam is not eaten in Sweden (we bleed meatballs instead) I thought I might miss something. Regarding spam e-mail etc., we mostly use the word spam. We're lazy. Why try to think of a Swedish word when there is an English one already?

Sal: You really got me laughing there :lol:

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by Cinnamon Kitty » May 27th, '08, 17:19

I agree with everyone else who wants pictures. The World Tea Expo sounds so awesome.

Today has been a slow tea day. I had a travel mug of White Tip Oolong for running more errands with. Now that I am home, I am enjoying some Fukamushi Sencha Supreme as I am figuring out how I want to cook up some fish for dinner.

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by Katrina » May 27th, '08, 17:49

Congrats to the Mod Squad. Very cool. I am very, very jealous!

Back from a mini-vacation over the long weekend to Camden, ME. I found some a great cafe up there with excellent loose leaf.

I also had an Adagio sighting over the weekend. My brother was staying at the Westin Copley in Boston. He said they now have a tea service for guests that features Adagio tea.

It's been a really hot day here (I know - it's relative. Hot for here for May.) so I'm going to stick with iced tea today. I had a great iced genmaicha over the weekend. I might try to recreate that here...

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by Chip » May 27th, '08, 19:23

Katrina wrote:Congrats to the Mod Squad. Very cool. I am very, very jealous!

Back from a mini-vacation over the long weekend to Camden, ME. I found some a great cafe up there with excellent loose leaf.

I also had an Adagio sighting over the weekend. My brother was staying at the Westin Copley in Boston. He said they now have a tea service for guests that features Adagio tea.

It's been a really hot day here (I know - it's relative. Hot for here for May.) so I'm going to stick with iced tea today. I had a great iced genmaicha over the weekend. I might try to recreate that here...


It could be 110* here, hot shincha would be in my cup. :wink:

Thanx for the nice comments from everyone!!!

Speaking of shincha...finished a sample of Miyabi...a few grams, blended it with some Fukamushi. Match made in heaven...it clicked perfectly together.

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by augie » May 27th, '08, 19:33

Chip wrote:My gosh, has everyone forgotten the "spam" that used to show up on TeaChat on a daily basis. You guys have grown spoiled. :lol:

For our Swedish friend who missed all the spam and may not be familiar with the term...
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Uh, OK, I do remember the "investment opportunity" folks who used to post their opportunities. I'm not making the tea and Vegas connection. :? It's Tuesday after a holiday weekend and I'm a little slow on the uptake, maybe. I was also thinking M.P.

Long live Monty Python. Spam, spam, spam, spam . . .

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May 27th, '08, 21:32
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by Terrasi » May 27th, '08, 21:32

I vote for pictures.

In my cup: Yunnan Gold

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by RussianSoul » May 27th, '08, 21:41

I vote for pictures too. Take extra batteries with you!

I am having Tai Ping Hou Kui all day. This tea is heavenly. I will have to order more soon, this sample will not last long...

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by Space Samurai » May 27th, '08, 21:52

Got off work in the evening and enjoyed some Miyabi Shincha.

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by Victoria » May 27th, '08, 22:34

Wow Space, that is beautiful - the natural light captured and the color of the rose is amazing. That camera was worth every penny. Lovely!

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by RussianSoul » May 27th, '08, 22:44

Beautiful work, Space! Thank you for sharing.

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by tenuki » May 27th, '08, 23:25

Space Samurai wrote:Image


oh yeah!

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