David R. wrote:
I'd say this is a little like wine, in my mind at least. You can find some truly good ones made from different countries, but if you want to know what the real stuff is like, you'll have to try french wine sooner or later (and please, not the Beaujolais Nouveau...
You may find some decent chinese sencha, but if you want to know what real sencha is like, not necessarily for a lot of money, you will find some good advice on this forum to find some japanese ones.
do you really mean "real"? is a USD25 vin de cahors more real than a USD125 Brunello di Montalcino from italy?
but i understand... oh, la douce france
where is the fingers to lips kiss smilie?
i absolutely agree. to taste the best of sencha it must be japanese. but to enjoy an everyday tea, why not brasil, or vietnam, china or wherever else the japanese have gone (like the french venturing to california to plant vineyards) to grow tea?
from the previous post -
"(oh, a last warning. often a tea you bought cheap ... when you go to rebuy it could be replaced by a whole new lot of better or worse tea)"
i have never tried green tea from upton but i did suggest the big company brands that blend their teas to keep a consistent brand taste. upton, like most companies, offers a generous return policy on bad tea or tea bought and not wanted. my point was not to buy from upton as much as it was that by tasting a tea is the best way to decide if one likes it or not, regardless it's origins.
i know what i am expecting with wines from the Languedoc, (it's not bordeaux if i would be told to buy the best of french wine) but i cannot resist from trying some of the wine from the young winemakers there. and it's where wine grapes were first grown in France, just like tea and china!