I am a bit...steamed
today. I reordered the Kagoshima Fukamushi from Rishi based on my enjoyment of this rather unique sencha a few weeks prior. I got my order in right before it went to "Temporalily out of stock," something that happens a bit too frequently at Rishi. So, this was from the same harvest and everything as my first order a few weeks previous (still 2006 harvest
I opened it today...I remember clearly my first impressions of this tea from my first encounter...the leaf is clearly different. The first time it was identical to the picture, this time it is simply not the same leaf. I smell it...not the same corny sweet aroma. Chip is getting upset at this point.
I brew it up...this is simply not fukamushi from the Asatsuya varietal which is very distinct and impressive. I am not enjoying this at all. I suspect it is simply the other fuka that they had and they used it to fill my order because the one I ordered was out of stock.
How can this happen except intentionally to a sencha from Kagoshima that is in Nitro-flushed bags...an accident is only so remotely possible. Given my past experience with their (anti)customer service which is growing to be legendary here on TeaChat...I am hating having to contact them. I have 3 unanswered emails to them from previous contact.