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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Poohblah » Apr 11th, '13, 21:19

ordered a little bit to hopefully tide me over till shincha. chose Maiko mostly because they seem to be one of the few vendors offering SAL shipping. EMS is not worth it for small orders.

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby sherubtse » Jul 23rd, '13, 17:50

I'm surprised no one has posted this before ....

Maiko is having a great sale on some of their better teas:

http://www.maiko.ne.jp/english/shopping/camp.htm

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Stentor » Feb 5th, '14, 11:04

Maiko's annual "Thank You Campaign" has started. Some really good discounts. Lasts until March 31st.
Just ordered two bags of Maruyama Sencha for a mere 3000 JPY. :mrgreen:

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby sherubtse » Feb 5th, '14, 14:56

Stentor wrote:Maiko's annual "Thank You Campaign" has started. Some really good discounts. Lasts until March 31st.


This is perhaps my favourite annual sale. I will wait until next month to order, and then place a large order. I usually order some senchas and some matcha.

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby entropyembrace » Jan 28th, '15, 13:28

Stentor wrote:Maiko's annual "Thank You Campaign" has started. Some really good discounts. Lasts until March 31st.
Just ordered two bags of Maruyama Sencha for a mere 3000 JPY. :mrgreen:


The sale is on again!

There's Yamashita Jirushi on sale 100g for 3000 JPY and also the Yamashita high quality gyokuro tasting set at 3000 JPY. This is a great chance to pick up some really great gyokuro :mrgreen:

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby JRS22 » Jan 28th, '15, 16:07

Stentor wrote:Maiko's annual "Thank You Campaign" has started. Some really good discounts. Lasts until March 31st.
Just ordered two bags of Maruyama Sencha for a mere 3000 JPY. :mrgreen:



Thanks for the heads up. I missed the sale last year, but this year I was able to order the Yamashita Gyokuro Sampler and the Karigane Tenkaichi special.

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Chip » Jan 28th, '15, 16:36

From past experience, the Yamashita gyokuro sampler is a ... blast! And a great way to try the full range w/o dropping a fortune.

I started at the cheap and worked my way up the cost ladder.

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby JRS22 » Jan 28th, '15, 19:01

Chip wrote:From past experience, the Yamashita gyokuro sampler is a ... blast! And a great way to try the full range w/o dropping a fortune.

I started at the cheap and worked my way up the cost ladder.


That's why I ordered this particular Karigane as well as the gyo sampler. I found with O-Cha that I enjoyed their Asa-Giri, which is a gyo Karigane, more than the less expensive gyos. I'll do the same comparison here.

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Tead Off » Jan 29th, '15, 04:01

Chip wrote:From past experience, the Yamashita gyokuro sampler is a ... blast! And a great way to try the full range w/o dropping a fortune.

I started at the cheap and worked my way up the cost ladder.

Oh, it's fun to do a blind sampling and take notes. Just shuffle the packets of gyo and pick one. Don't look at the label and brew it. Surprise!

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Chip » Jan 29th, '15, 10:05

Tead Off wrote:
Chip wrote:From past experience, the Yamashita gyokuro sampler is a ... blast! And a great way to try the full range w/o dropping a fortune.

I started at the cheap and worked my way up the cost ladder.

Oh, it's fun to do a blind sampling and take notes. Just shuffle the packets of gyo and pick one. Don't look at the label and brew it. Surprise!

"Funner" yet to build to a crescendo. :mrgreen:

The entry level is passable, getting better and better to the top notch. I would want to know which is the one costing something like two bucks USD PER GRAM. Still am affordable indulgence albeit when only getting an 8 gram sample.

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Tead Off » Jan 30th, '15, 02:34

This is the top of the line Yashiki no Cha Gyokuro. $2.28/g approx. Nice stuff. Worth this kind of money?

Chip, what was your favorite of the 5?

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Muadeeb » Jan 30th, '15, 23:36

Has anyone tried the happiness tea? It looks like an umami bomb: http://www.maiko.ne.jp/english/shopping ... ss-tea.htm

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Chip » Jan 31st, '15, 14:33

Tead Off wrote:This is the top of the line Yashiki no Cha Gyokuro. $2.28/g approx. Nice stuff. Worth this kind of money?

Chip, what was your favorite of the 5?

Yashiki no Cha.jpg

It has been a few years since I did the sample set and 8 grams is only one attempt at each ... but the top notch one was the best by my recollection. Is it worth $2.28 a gram. I have pondered that numerous times and have not taken the plunge. It probably is worth it ...

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Chip » Jan 31st, '15, 14:35

Muadeeb wrote:Has anyone tried the happiness tea? It looks like an umami bomb: http://www.maiko.ne.jp/english/shopping ... ss-tea.htm

Again, it has been a few years ... it was good. But at the end of the day it is kukicha and genmai powdered with match with kelp thrown in. I was actually not able to really notice the kelp.

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Tead Off » Feb 1st, '15, 02:18

Chip wrote:
Tead Off wrote:This is the top of the line Yashiki no Cha Gyokuro. $2.28/g approx. Nice stuff. Worth this kind of money?

Chip, what was your favorite of the 5?

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It has been a few years since I did the sample set and 8 grams is only one attempt at each ... but the top notch one was the best by my recollection. Is it worth $2.28 a gram. I have pondered that numerous times and have not taken the plunge. It probably is worth it ...

Haven't tried them all, yet, but Yashiki no Cha is tops, so far. Worth the price? Not IMO.

Here is the 'low-end' gyokuro, Yamashita Jirushi. I wasn't impressed by this one.
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