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Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:39 am

Victoria wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:39 pm
Okay good, this is why I’d love it if you would curate a AAA Taiwan oolong OTTI :)
Excuse my ignorance what exactly is an OTTI? As the old topics have all been deleted in Teanomorechat...
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:40 am

Bok wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:39 am
Victoria wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:39 pm
Okay good, this is why I’d love it if you would curate a AAA Taiwan oolong OTTI :)
Excuse my ignorance what exactly is an OTTI? As the old topics have all been deleted in Teanomorechat...
If Bok curated a green Taiwanese oolong offering I would definitely try it.

The clay pot I purchased from him is probably the favorite purchase of my life aside from my white Saint Laurent sneakers. The inside is now developing a shiny azure blue patina that is beautiful but hard to get a picture of to show you all.

Upset to hear about the supposed quality of Wisteria teas but also I’m not at all surprised. I’ve never been blown away by the tea quality of a popular tea shop I’ve went to in person. The ambiances are usually what make the experience for me.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:11 pm

Bok wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:39 am
Victoria wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:39 pm
Okay good, this is why I’d love it if you would curate a AAA Taiwan oolong OTTI :)
Excuse my ignorance what exactly is an OTTI? As the old topics have all been deleted in Teanomorechat...
OTTI stands for ‘Official Tea Tasting Initiative’ created by Chip. He would curate tea selections and entice members to join in an international tasting of these teas. Typically I think the vendors gave him a little discount (as a promo) and each participant received 5 samples, 10 grams of each, 50 grams total.
That is how I was introduced to Taiwan oolong, via Tony at Origin (SilentChaos) sharing his best Taiwan high mountain teas. If you ever decide to curate one I can share my old OTTI notes with you :) .

p.s. I see from my notes that Tony gave participants options as to size of samples.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:27 pm

Shine Magical wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:40 am
Upset to hear about the supposed quality of Wisteria teas but also I’m not at all surprised. I’ve never been blown away by the tea quality of a popular tea shop I’ve went to in person.
Wisteria is highly regarded in the pu’erh community, and as I mentioned I had an excellent roasted DongDing from there, so I’m sure there is a range there like in most stores. Although, come to think of it, every Taiwan oolong I have tried at Te Company in NYC has been really good :) .
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:51 pm

Tillerman wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:55 am
Wisteria is a wonderful cultural icon (its Japanese roots, set for Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, etc.) and important historically (it is where intellectuals opposed to CKS often met.) Everyone visiting Taipei should go for the experience. My wife just completed her first trip to the country and Wisteria was an early stop. All that being said, however, the tea is all pretty good but certainly not outstanding.
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Only there once; yet, I am sure, it is good for a serious tea person to see many people dedicating an evening to tea or at least centering the time spent together around tea. In Boston (and Cambridge) people do sit in places with a pot of tea, but usually alone for them to focus on their computers or smartphones
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:28 pm

Shine Magical wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:40 am
The clay pot I purchased from him is probably the favorite purchase of my life aside from my white Saint Laurent sneakers. The inside is now developing a shiny azure blue patina that is beautiful but hard to get a picture of to show you all.
:P Happy it found a good home and gives pleasure! Wood-fired clay really has its own patina magic...
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