I've been buying the Brazilian "sencha" from Yamamotoyama for a while now ($4/200g) but I've gotten extremely sick of it. I just recently got a job that pays minimum wage, so while I can afford a little more, I still can't afford almost everything everyone recommends on here. Even "moe" from zencha.net is a little out of my budget range right now.
I just recently placed an order with Upton (yes, Chip, go ahead and make fun of me
) for several varies of Chinese green tea, their most popular black Assam, as well as a sample of their lowest priced Japanese sencha (TJ10
) and I must say, it's almost exactly like Adagio's "overture" except at half the price. I think I finally found the sencha I've been looking for.
I'm going to start branching out with different types of teas and see what else I like besides the greens. I haven't tried a loose oolong yet and black tea has never been a favorite, but I'm hoping to develop my tastebuds so I can start to appreciate the variety. Upton is the only place I can find that will allow me to try a variety without breaking my budget. I do realize I can and probably will encounter sub-par teas from them, but I really can't afford anything better right now.
Edit: I hear iannon passed away?