Chip wrote:Cheap Chinese Sencha will always disappoint, period.
I'm sure, at one time, "they" would have said the same thing about California wine, or extra-virgin olive oil from Spain. The costs of production are inherently lower, there's no regional/reputational markup, and making good tea is method, not geography (though, of course, agronomical factors including elevation and soil acidity play a role — but China is a big place). I cannot believe that no one has figured this out — or, if they really haven't, that they won't in short order.
Chip wrote:TeaSpring.com used to carry a pretty decent steamed green tea, although they did not call it Chinese Sencha. It is available periodically. And it is/was not cheap.
I'll look for it — thank you.
Chip wrote:Yamamotoyama carries a Brazilian Sencha that is cheap, although I have never tried it. And from what I have heard about it, I am not likely to any time soon.
You may be better off looking for less expensive Japanese Sencha.
What is your target price?
Under $20 a pound.
victoria3 wrote:I bought Yamamotoyama, Shincha Brazil Green Tea knowing that Brazil has a large Japanese population of tea drinkers. I happen to have two teaspoons left of so I made a brew to re-visit how I liked it. Not bad at all actually, pretty nice grassy palate, depth & not bitter, for an inexpensive sincha at 7.99$ for 3.5oz
Thanks! in the photo you posted, it almost looks like cut garnish parsley, not needles of rolled tea; is that really what it looks like?