And the Rishi trio ... very nice shincha offering from this domestic USA vendor. They are consistantly doing what no other domestic USA vendor is seemingly able to do (not including Den's since they are tied to Japan), and that is provide excellent sencha that is fresh and well maintained.
My thoughts on the 3 ...
The Kukicha is a very clean looking kukicha, hardly any dust which shows effort went into the making of this "byproduct" tea. The taste is very full and rounded yet has an overall light and refreshing feel. It is very nice kukicha. Could be the best kukicha for my tastes that I have had to date.
Sae Midori, seems I had more than my fill of Sae Midori Shincha this year, a varietal that is not really my fave. Still this was a very good example of how a Sae Midori can exceed expectations. Very full mouth feel and deep rich flavor.
Nishi Organic. I come to expect Rishi to do a very good job in sourcing organics, and they did not let me down with this one. 3 exceptional steeps. If anything on the downside, it was a bit tricky to brew and hard to nail each time, but this only serves to fuel my interest.
I rate them this way ...
Sae Midori A
Nishi Organic A- to A depending on how well I brewed.
Anyway, straight A's fpr a domestic USA vendor for Japanese green teas, impressive.