Any vendors offer sampler packs besides Den's?

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Any vendors offer sampler packs besides Den's?

Postby bigmonstertruck » May 16th, '11, 22:41

Does anyone know if vendors besides Den's offers either sampler packs of green teas (Sencha, shincha, or gyokuru) or sample sizes? I am not expecting a freebie, just a small size (maybe one or two sessions worth) so that I can try some different stuff without investing in an entire packet at $25+ a pop.

BTW, I really did appreciate the Den's sampler and have been a regular customer since.

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Re: Any vendors offer sampler packs besides Den's?

Postby Chip » May 17th, '11, 00:05

bigmonstertruck wrote:Does anyone know if vendors besides Den's offers either sampler packs of green teas (Sencha, shincha, or gyokuru) or sample sizes? I am not expecting a freebie, just a small size (maybe one or two sessions worth) so that I can try some different stuff without investing in an entire packet at $25+ a pop.

BTW, I really did appreciate the Den's sampler and have been a regular customer since.

Thanks-
Ed

OTTI, a dual shincha OTTI is coming up shortly. One round will feature asamushi and the other will feature fuka/chu.

Specialty sencha vendors do not seem overly interested in offering samples. Perhaps they should start.

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Re: Any vendors offer sampler packs besides Den's?

Postby Xell » May 17th, '11, 00:38

It's interesting which size of samplers people prefer more, 10g, 20g, 30g, 50g or depends on max price per bag? :)

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Re: Any vendors offer sampler packs besides Den's?

Postby michaelb3600 » May 17th, '11, 08:06

I've not ordered from here, but I like the look of their 5g sampler:
http://www.obubutea.com/store/sampler/

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Re: Any vendors offer sampler packs besides Den's?

Postby bigmonstertruck » May 17th, '11, 09:54

Xell wrote:It's interesting which size of samplers people prefer more, 10g, 20g, 30g, 50g or depends on max price per bag? :)



I would not call 50 g (or even 30g) a sample. A sample should be about one or possibly two pots IMO. about 5 to 10g

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Re: Any vendors offer sampler packs besides Den's?

Postby shinobicha » May 17th, '11, 12:10

I've had the Obubu sampler, it is pretty good, but I got it when it was on sale ($15 including shipping). At $25 it's a bit pricey - you do get 100g of tea, but, included in that 100g are 4 kinds of houjicha, a bag of genmai (no leaves), and a bag of pickled sakura leaves- meaning 30g of the sampler isn't really expensive leaf at all.

I agree; Den's sampler is great - also, when you order, you can request other samples that you'd like to try. In fact, I was once trying to decide whether to go with a large amount of the mid or high level sencha (I hadn't tried either one), and simply asked if they could send me a sample of each, which they gladly did (free), and then I was able to decide which I wanted to order.

But yeah, other vendors should start, too!

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Re: Any vendors offer sampler packs besides Den's?

Postby Drax » May 17th, '11, 12:21

Seven Cups offers samplers of green teas and rock oolongs. I've tried both, though it's been awhile. And they were both quite decent samplers.

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Re: Any vendors offer sampler packs besides Den's?

Postby nickE » May 19th, '11, 18:18

Maiko has a sampler of Yamashita's 5 gyokuro. It's towards the bottom of the page here.

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