Michael's teas from Hattori-san and Kanbayashi
Just wanted to inform the Steepster community that my friend Michael Wood (from Teashow TV) has recently returned from Japan with four hand-selected teas from Uji tea masters, all pre-earthquake. They are:
I’m sure that not many people have gotten a chance to try these; I’ve tried all four. My favorite two were the Gyokuro and Houjicha, with the Gyokuro easily comparable to the higher end ones that Hibiki-an sells and the Houjicha representing excellent value and one of the best I’ve ever tasted—extremely smooth and coffee-like.
Between the two Senchas, there are some subtle differences but I think you’d be perfectly happy with the less expensive one. Both offer terrific vegetal, bitter-sweet snaps that you would come to expect from a Sencha, with Hattori-san’s offering a bit more crushed rock on the finish.
If anything, check out the links for Michael’s story on each tea. It’s very enlightening if you don’t have much of a background in Japanese tea.
This sounds really interesting. Think he’d be up for a feature on my blog, keenteathyme.blogspot.com?
Hey Levi, I’d love to do a feature for your blog- send me a PM!
Haven’t had many takers on these teas- They certainty are not cheap, but I’d think true Japanese tea enthusiasts would love to sample a truly premium tea with a story behind it. Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts- would love to hear from you all!