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160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Shinobi_cha

Looks like you thought it was pretty good.
So, what are your top recommendations (or what do you plan on getting yourself) for 2011 shincha?

camw

Sorry, have been away overseas and haven’t even drawn up a plan yet. I have too much tea already, so plan to be restrained, but doubt it will work out that way! Will probably just pick a few favourites and a few new ones to try from O-Cha, Yukki Cha and someone else that I haven’t decided on yet.

How about you?

Shinobi_cha

No worries. I was getting low on tea (on purpose) so I could try a few different vendors’ shincha.
I ordered 2 shincha from O-cha – their top sencha, “Kirameki” San no Ma, as well as Kagoshima YM. I’ve never ordered from them before, so looking forward to that. I ordered a small bag of Hachiju Hachiya from Sugimoto and their Temomi Shincha. And I wanted to order from Den’s, but I was hoping for more of a selection than the two shinchas they are currently offering, and found out (using Google translate) that I could order from the parent company (Shirakata Denshiro Shoten) which is offering 5! … So I got their fukamushi (Houryoku), asamushi (Kunpu) and two special shinchas from Artisan vendors (both asamushi); I already opened one and reviewed it here on Steepster – it is excellent. Oh, and I also got a Shizuoka dark oolong from them, too.
Sounds like a lot of tea, but it’s not too bad, a lot of the sizes were just 30g or 50g. I’m sure it’ll be gone sooner than I wish.

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Delicious. Vibrant colour. Aromas are in the nutty spectrum. Has that fine balance between savory and sweet, finishing clean.

Price: $25.00 for 100g
Buy Again: Yes

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160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Shinobi_cha

Have you thought about adding a third section?
Price:
Buy Again:
Why: (Here you could simply say, Yes, good price, or worth the cost, or No, too expensive, or not worth the cost, or Maybe, not my favorite/preference, etc). That way we’d know the reason if you’d buy it again or not…

camw

I guess the buy again was intended mostly for my own reference, but it wouldn’t hurt to include an extra line or two.

Shinobi_cha

That makes sense. Of course, don’t worry about me, sometimes I’m just curious to know the reason why something was (re) purchase-worthy or not. Especially if it was a tea that I was already looking into.

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80
drank Sencha Hachiju-hachiya by Maiko
26 tasting notes

Neutral profile. Decent balance but not exciting at all.

Price: $13.50 for 100g.
Buy Again: No

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60
drank Sencha Premier by Adagio Teas
26 tasting notes

Found this very mediocre. Mild, simple and no depth at all. Not offensive but just not very good for my taste.

Buy again: No
Price: $39 for 113g

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93
drank Maruyama by Maiko
26 tasting notes

Sweet nutty aromas. A delicate sweetness and a touch of spice on the palate – lovely depth, balance and carry.

One of my favourite green teas this year – top shelf Asamushi.

Price: $20.25 for 100g.
Buy Again: Yes

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Fukamushi-Sencha Yame by Den's Tea
26 tasting notes

Very nice, really enjoyable. Good punch and depth – fair bit of sweetness. Aromas very attractive.

Price: $15.50 for 56g.
Buy Again: Yes

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Shinobi_cha

I’ve only had a sample of this, but I really liked it, too. I’m looking to getting it again sometime.

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80
drank Sencha Shin-ryoku by Den's Tea
26 tasting notes

Not bad, fairly neutral profile. Only lasted three steeps.

Price: $11.50 for 56g.
Buy Again: No

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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76
drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
26 tasting notes

Very black pepper driven on the nose and palate. Earthy flavours abound.

Would like to try more of this type of tea to see if I can come to understand it.

Found the brewing directions of 3-5 minutes at boiling to be best at the 3 minute mark, as the astringency becomes a bit too much for my taste after that point.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

2010 Shincha Version – personally preferred the Sae Midori from the same vendor, but this was excellent too. Striking purity.

Buy Again: Probably

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89

2010 version. Excellently lifted, fresh aromas. Palate is quite light, but has good carry.

Price: $33 for 100g.
Buy Again: Probably not, it is very good, but there are lots of others to try.

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170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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