Well, this has been a tough Spring to bring forward the ShinchOTTI.
Originally this was going to be a dual OTTI featuring an asamushi and a fukamushi shincha OTTI, running concurrently. 10 different shincha.
This all came undone on March 9th. As we watched the events unfold, the Japanese tea industry was also in turmoil.
Then just when we thought, OK, the worst is over, then all the smoke and mirrors happened in Shizuoka. For a while it was hard to discern exactly what was going on. Since at least 1/3 of the dual OTTI shincha teas were to come from Shizuoka.
But bottom line, Shizuoka teas were contaminated. But we did not know how bad the situation was. I decided to wait til after the government officials determined how the teas were going to be tested so we could hopefully make heads or tails out of the situation.
Sadly, a final determination was made, I would not include Shizuoka tea in OTTIs for the foreseeable future. I just could not include them in good conscience.
On top of this, everyone in the Japanese tea industry was scrambling ... and Shincha was moving on. Time was not on my side.
Then, on a personal note, after a long "illness" my father passed away ...
OK, enough bad news, there is some good news. I have 2 shincha asamushi and two shincha fukamushi which I will combine into one OTTI. There will be 10 grams of each selection for participating members to sample/taste. And these are very divergent selections!!!