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When you drink TEA, do you sniff, slurp, sip, gulp or chug? Pick the one that most characterizes your enjoyment of TEA.

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by Chip » Feb 28th, '08, 11:46

I am going for some Sencha Premium...this stuff is sooo good. It has everything. I could drink this everyday...and have been since opening it. This is the type of sencha that I crave at night...counting how many hours it will be til I can have tea in the morning.

This is a bit of a trick question...and Eastree saw through that.

I definately do all of them...
Sniff the dry leaf...especially after I put it into a preheated kyusu...WOW. Fantastic.
Sniff the brew before it meets my lips...usually when it is first poured into my glass serving pitcher.
Sip...and slurp...I have slurp to capture every essence of the flavor. Sipping through the first couple steeps.
Gulping and chugging...4th and 5th steeps that are preventing me from starting a new tea. I enjoy their subtle sweetness...but sooner downed the sooner I can start brewing.

I can only hope nobody sees me doing all this!!

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by Cinnamon Kitty » Feb 28th, '08, 13:13

I started the day with Darjeeling #22 from Adagio. I have no idea what it really tastes like, but it works well when I am sick to clear out congestion.

I should have put other, but I went with sip. I do enjoy the aromas of the tea since it is similar to tasting good wine, but I enjoy savoring the flavor of the sips more.

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by olivierco » Feb 28th, '08, 13:16

I have just had Gyokuro (Tamyura, not as good as O-cha's Gyokuros: I could only get three steeps of it.). After dinner Dong Ding (Palais des thés) and maybe a Rooibos to close the day.

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by augie » Feb 28th, '08, 13:33

I am a sipper, until it cools off as Katmandu says. I do the same with beer. I only like it when it's ice cold, then I pass the bottle to DH (who likes warm beer) to finish.

Sorry to hear about all the sickness. I had it to, however I scored some abx from urgent care Tuesday. I am back on green tea, water and Zpack so I am on the mend. Get well Kitty & Xine.

Thanks to all who offered their poetry expertise too! You were a tremendous help.

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by omegapd » Feb 28th, '08, 14:31

I just got in my first order from Adagio and am trying the Apricot green. I now see why some of you use scales instead of tsp. since this is the longest/flattest leaf I've ever seen. I just guess-timated how much a tsp was by pinching it with my fingers.

Came out pretty good.


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by Ladytiger » Feb 28th, '08, 15:32

So I made my friend some Assam Medlody which she really enjoyed. I made some Den's Iced Green Tea for myself it was tasty.

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by CynTEAa » Feb 28th, '08, 15:42

Yes, there should be an all of the above button - plsthx...

Yunnan Gold and then a few cups of Tung Ting Oolong. MMMMmmm- tastes like spring in a cup.

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by Mil » Feb 28th, '08, 16:38

All the eloquent odes to slurping have left me wishing I was a bit less inhibited. But habits are hard to break, and if I dared slurp anything, my dear late grandmother would no doubt rise up and beat me to death with my own teapot. :lol:

My sipping and gulping behavior varies according to the temperature of the tea, but sniffing is a constant. There's nothing better than the smell of a freshly brewed cup... unless it's a newly opened tin of dry leaf. Mmm.

Darjeeling #22 at lunch. There's probably an excellent tea in there somewhere, but I'm just not feeling it. I can't decide if I'm brewing it wrong or if I just don't like Darjeeling. (The only other Darjeelings I've had were bagged teas; I didn't care for them, but it's not exactly a fair assessment.)

I've got several new samples to try, courtesy of Victoria, but I can't make up my mind! Help!

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by Salsero » Feb 28th, '08, 16:57

Mil wrote:I've got several new samples to try, courtesy of Victoria ...
Victoria may soon exceed Adagio in the amount of tea sent out per day!

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by scruffmcgruff » Feb 28th, '08, 16:59

I slurp too, it helps with noticing flavors and it's the easiest and safest thing to do with a near-boiling beverage. No tea yet for me today... I will when I get back to my room though.

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by Mary R » Feb 28th, '08, 17:05

Proinsias wrote:In my gaiwan for the past few hours: Orchid Flower Oriental Beauty Oolong from Teamasters - my favourite tea to accompany a nice lunch of cold meats, fine cheeses, fresh bread, good olive oil and fruit.
Pro, I'm coming to eat at your house. That sounds like the ideal lunch to me!

As far as tea goes...I'm a sniffer and a slurper when I'm tasting it, a sipper when I'm drinking the everyday's, and a gulper when it come to iced tea on a hot day.

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by Mil » Feb 28th, '08, 17:08

Salsero wrote:Victoria may soon exceed Adagio in the amount of tea sent out per day!
She's a tea pusher, is what she is! I can sense a new addiction coming on. :)

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by RussianSoul » Feb 28th, '08, 17:13

Salsero wrote:Victoria may soon exceed Adagio in the amount of tea sent out per day!
I agree. I have just opened a wonderful exchange package from V. Packed with goodies!!! Far outweighing the scruffy little package I sent her.

Victoria, I owe you one... erm... no, two or three teas!

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by Chip » Feb 28th, '08, 17:50


I just gulped and chugged the remaining steep in my sencha...

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by tenuki » Feb 28th, '08, 17:57

Formosa 'Fo Shou' oolong from Zhu Shan, Nan Tou. 25% ferm/High roast in a gaiwan, boiling water, 15sec first infusion.

Nice roasty buddha hand oolong with good tea quality/depth.