Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?


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Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby MEversbergII » Feb 21st, '14, 10:57

So I've actually realized I've been here almost a year now (yey!) and shincha season's approaching.

Last year there was a lot of hubbub and I actually became aware of shincha because of it. Didn't order any, though! In fact, I didn't start drinking Japanese teas until a few months after shincha season.

This year I hope to remedy that! So for novices, where do we go to pre-order shincha (which is the normal method if I recall)? Who's got a reputation (good or ill)? What's an expectant price?

Thanks,

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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby Noonie » Feb 21st, '14, 12:36

+1 (I'm in the exact same boat)
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby Chip » Feb 21st, '14, 17:40

Shincha cometh ... after a long hard winter for most of us (that is not yet over)! Some of the earliest selections begin trickling into availability sometime from mid April or later ... and occasionally a little earlier. Earliest is NOT necessarily the best, in fact it usually is not ... it is simply a marketing thing getting a very early picking to market ... similar to Darjeeling first flush.

I think I have sampled at least 20 shincha selections each year since I have been drinking sencha. I guess you can say I am into it. :mrgreen:

We also usually have a Shincha OTTI round or two on TeaChat featuring excellent vendors. You can check out the OTTI/NOTTI forum for past rounds.

And then there are the annual Shincha Ordering Topic and Shincha Review topics in this forum.
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby eyvind » Feb 22nd, '14, 02:44

Speaking of otti and notti... isn't there some asa and gyokuro upcoming? :wink:

In the past I usually ordered twice: in May then June this way I would capture the early and the late shincha.
When waiting for the new shincha to come out you can come down with constant checking anxiety to see when the next is available. You want to make sure the vendor still has all the ones you want but you maximize the number you order to save shipping cost. I am looking forward to shincha season!
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby MEversbergII » Feb 24th, '14, 10:45

I think I'll join the OTTI for it. I've been meaning to join up one of those all year long!

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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby tjsan » Mar 10th, '14, 12:48

First pre-order's from Kaburagi-en:

http://www.kaburagien.co.jp/english/yoyaku/index.php
http://www.kaburagien.co.jp/english/yakushima/index.php

Maybe its time for Official Shincha 2014 Topic?
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby Jadee » Mar 26th, '14, 16:27

Where are you going to buy sincha? So far I've only tried it from o-cha and japaneseteashop.
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby MEversbergII » Mar 26th, '14, 21:39

I think I'll go with the OTTI on this go around.

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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby chingwa » Mar 27th, '14, 11:26

I'm not sure I'll buy shincha this year. I dunno, I've jumped on it in years past but I find I enjoy the flavor of slightly aged sencha quite a bit better. Of course it's always a nice change to have that brighter, grassier flavor... I suppose that in itself is the point.
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby 5am » Mar 31st, '14, 14:57

IT'S here!
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby sherubtse » Mar 31st, '14, 15:12

5am wrote:IT'S here!


Indeed.

http://www.o-cha.com/shincha/

Best wishes,
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby Balthazar » Apr 1st, '14, 10:12

Glad this thread is here, missed O-cha's facebook post about this yesterday. Just ordered 600 grams of tea. Something to look forward to when I'm finishing up my thesis in mid-May.

There is a discount code for FB-fans that gives 10% off on all of O-cha's shincha. Would it be against the rules to post it here? In any case, it can be found on the FB-page...
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby tjsan » Apr 3rd, '14, 07:34

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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby Devoted135 » Apr 7th, '14, 15:15

I've just placed my shincha pre-order for the year. :mrgreen: O-cha's chiran shincha and organic oku yutaka, as well as the sae midori. Looking forward to the new season!
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Re: Shincha season's coming up, isn't it?

Postby tjsan » Apr 7th, '14, 17:23

Devoted135 wrote:I've just placed my shincha pre-order for the year. :mrgreen: O-cha's chiran shincha and organic oku yutaka, as well as the sae midori. Looking forward to the new season!


Hmm, I ordered once Chiran sencha, but unfortunately it never arrived to me, so I have no opinion about o-cha.
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