beachape wrote:Can you tell that i've been thinking too much about the new tea season
Yeah, you're worrying about this way too much.
I'd buy some shincha that can be consumed within a reasonably short amount of time, that would be about 2-3 bags for me.
After that, I'd buy regular sencha.
The sencha sold after shincha comes from the same harvest, after all.
I think shincha is more about the excitement of tasting the new harvest as soon as possible than it is about having fresher or "better" tea.
Freshness is absolutely no concern when it comes to buying from reputable vendors from Japan. 1 year old sencha still tastes just as good.
Ever since I learned that, I realized that it's a good idea to take advantage of the pre-shincha sales that some of the Japanese vendors have. You get the same quality for less (which makes it a good time to try some of the higher end teas).
I'll let others chime in on the technicalities, I just wanted to offer a voice of reason
Really, don't worry about it. Buy some shincha, enjoy. Then buy some sencha, enjoy (just as much!).