Some final thoughts on the group of teas I received (since the bonus tea, Happy Tea Shiawasecha was so different, I'll be reviewing it separately).
Yesterday and this morning, I finished my reviews of the teas in this tasting set. I added a tea that was not included in the tasting, 2010 Maeda-en Shincha Select, because I had it in my possession, it fit right in, and I wanted to see how it compared to the others under the same brewing guidelines.
Follows is my ranking of the six in the set, with my Steepster scores (out of 100) in parentheses for a quantitative baseline. It was a close group. O-Cha Sae Midori was the one far and away stand out for me, and the Green Tea Lovers seemed both markedly different from the pack and somewhat lesser in quality, so it’s hard to judge where it really stands. Drum roll please…
1. O-Cha Sae Midori (94)
2. Maeda-en 88 Nights (92)
3. O-Cha Yutaka Midori Kaoru Supreme LE (82)
4. Maeda-en Select (82)
5. Maeda-en Gold (77)
6. Green Tea Lovers Kagoshima Shincha (79)
I would also like to add that as a data geek, O-Cha’s website really added to my enjoyment by providing detailed sourcing, processing, and origin information. It made for a richer experience overall.
It was a nice set of teas and I think I was able to expand my appreciation of Japanese greens, by tasting a wider variety of flavor compositions and textures. Many thanks to Chip for organizing this event. It’s been wonderful.
Tonight, I’ll be combining the sometimes sterile and repetitive photos I took of each tea into a hopefully more interesting visual meta-analysis. Keep an eye out.Full Blog Post and Links at tea.theskua.com