j-z wrote: so far the green tea ive tried that ive liked best was the yamamotoyama sencha, which i know a lot of people seem to look down on but i guess the flavour just appeals to me.. kind of burnt and sweet, great smell to it too.
The reason we are not enthralled with Yamamotoyama is because again, here is a "knock off" of the original. You have to look real hard (or at least last time I looked, it was not with the actual product description) to find the fact that their sencha consists of Brazilian so called "sencha."
I am not comfortable with this practice as it is rather misleading. They should say it is steamed green tea from Brazil in a style simlilar to Japanese sencha. But to call something "sencha" sans explanation implies that it is from Japan unless it has the country of origin in front of it, for instance Chinese sencha.
I would be curious what the package says under ingredients.
BTW, it is hard to generalize about lighter flavor in higher quality green tea as this does not ring true quite often.
j-z wrote: is there any reason for suspecting bad business practices of tenren? it seems a big accusation to suggest they would intentionally mislead the customers like that, maybe all businesses do that i dunno but i tend to want to give the benefit of the doubt unless ive received some sort of evidence to make me think differently. anyways i just look forward to something other than this gunpowder green ive been stuck with the past week, anything has to be a step up from that.
We are here to discuss tea, we know this practice is rampant for teas such as West Lake Long Jing. We observe, we taste, we judge accordingly. We truly endeavor to be honest in our discussions, in fact a member knowingly posting falsehoods will feel the wrath of the forum moderator.
Fact, much more West Lake Long Jing is sold than is produced, this is common knowledge. This is too common in the Tea industry, as it applies to other teas such as Darjeeling, sencha, as well as others. The better Long Jing from West Lake command high prices which is all the motivation that is needed for the less than honorable.