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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?
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?
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.
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
Have you thought about adding a third section?
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…
I guess the buy again was intended mostly for my own reference, but it wouldn’t hurt to include an extra line or two.
Very nice, really enjoyable. Good punch and depth – fair bit of sweetness. Aromas very attractive.
Price: $15.50 for 56g.
Buy Again: Yes
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.