Chip wrote:Well, this was easier, unfortunately due to the troubles in Japan and no Shizuoka tea.
1. Yutaka Midori, O-Cha
2. Tsuru Jirushi Gyokuro, O-Cha
3. Kinari Shincha, Maiko
4. Sencha the Ultimate, Zencha
5. Aoi, O-Cha
6. Kaboku, Ippodo
7. Maruyama, Maiko
8. Kame Gyokuro, O-Cha
9. Kumpu, Ippodo
10. Takumi, Zencha
This list is pretty indicative of my fave five vendors as well.
I forgot about a tea that has to fit into my personal top 10! Ureshino Tamaryokucha (Guricha) Tokujo from JapanTea.org aka Hakinowado aka Xell.
This is the best and cheapest guricha that I have had for a while, nice veggie qualities and priced for everyday. I will be trying the next level up, Gokujo which I hope will have a better overall leaf appearance as well ... and hold up a better in the later steeps. But at this price, I am very pleased.
Also want to try the Gokujo version of the Yame Fuka from the same vendor.
Looking for an asa? Maybe try this as well.