OK, Japanese green tea snobs, it is time for the rubber to hit the road. For years I have been having people tell me that “every day” green tea in Japan is better than even the best teas available in the USA.
Well here it is, a bag of green tea so authentically Japanese, I can’t read anything on the bag except the “4”.
Now, this is a truly fantastic shaded green tea. A perfect balance of sweet and bitter greens, soft mouthfeel, and vibrant color even after an hour or two in the pot.
But I have had just as good, or even a bit better, purchased through shops in the USA.
I think it is time for the Nihonophiles to accept that the Internet and international shipping and distribution has eliminated the barriers that once kept all the best teas in the domestic markets.
Don’t get me wrong, this is top shelf, and I will savor every cup. But it is time to put the myth to bed.