Number 2 tea today is a little disappointing. Pentox sent me some Lupicia Guricha, 4 types actually, that he did not like despite numerous attempts. These are from southern Japan, prefectures I have yet to sample. They also claim they are single plantation teas...pretty unusual for Japan.
The one I had yesterday was pretty decent, light and sweet. It was technically Kamairi Cha from Gokase, Miyazaki prefecture. It is produced much like Chinese green tea and is not steamed. It was similar to many Chinese greens I have had but better than most.
Today's sampling from Ureshino in Saga prefecture of Japan was a steamed Guricha...Tamaryokucha. But I was not impressed. Though it had a nice aroma, the taste was hard to enjoy. I will play around with this before giving up on it. (I might actually pan fire this for around 10 seconds or so...might bring something out)
I could see this being a blender, but on its own, not too certain. Sometimes single estate teas are superb, other times they are better off blended with something else to create a decent tea.