So, the no tea thing ended up being an incorrect prediction.
I went to a Lupicia store today, based on the recommendations of fellow TeaChatter Pentox, and picked up a sencha (Chiran Yukatamidori, from Kagoshima) and a Wenshan Baozhong. I'm drinking the sencha now, and I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised. It's not at the O-Cha.com level, but it is quite good, and significantly cheaper. A great value.
The Lupicia store was nice-- tastefully decorated, helpful workers, amazing selection (especially their Japanese tea selection, which is unparalleled this side of the Pacific* IMO). They were even honest enough to put their shincha selections on sale and take them off the main shelves, which surprised me.
Anyway, I'll be trying the baozhong later, and I'll post about it here when I get a chance.
*with the possible exception of Ito En, which I know nothing about