After finishing the least expensive two, my impression really didn't change much (the first two were essentially much the same). I did welcome the difference from sencha, but I still couldn't really see what the fuss was about. The 3rd one, the Nomigoro, was where there was a bit of a quality jump. Definitely better than the first two, but nothing exceptional yet.
I wasn't really impressed until the most expensive one, the Yashiki no Cha. Definitely a very good tea, sweet, mellow, beautiful looking leaves and an amazing aroma. However, considering the price of the stuff, 27,000 yen, I could never see myself actually buying this. But I definitely am looking into other high quality gyokuros, though hopefully for a little cheaper.
Anyone with more experience of gyokuro have any recommendations? (Or has anyone else tried Yamashita's gyokuros?)
I've been looking at horaido's gyokuros, but considering how their tea is aged, I wouldn't think I'd want to order any until next year at the earliest.
debunix wrote:Tsuen Aoi sencha from O-Cha. Somehow a package of this slipped into my recent order of the Kamairi Tamaryokucha that has been so good cool-brewed (and is quite tasty hot too). I had a lovely first infusion this morning, then put more hot water over it in the pot but was called away before pouring this second infusion. I returned more than an hour later, poured about half out and diluted it with more hot water, and the result is smooth and sublime--not what I expect from an overdone 2nd infusion. Love this tea.
Been thinking of trying the Aoi. I've ordered the San no Ma before and was wondering how it would compare.