JRS22 wrote:How about a Karigane OTTI? Then we could compare Hibiki-an, Maiko and O-Cha w/o buying all those 100 gram or, worse, 200 gram bags!
Already in the thought process on this one ...
Chip wrote:Perhaps my fave sencha karigane has been an offering from Hibiki-An.
Interesting to hear you recommend something from Hibiki-an, Chip. I assumed, wrongly, that they were not even on your "radar screen".
Anything else you liked from them?
Well, truth be told, O-Cha and Hibiki-An are where I first cut my sencha teeth (direct from Japan). O-Cha has remained a fave vendor nonstop ever since. Hibiki-An has disappointed me a few too many times since then for them to be a fave vendor.
In fact, it has been a couple years since I had their all sencha Karigane. But it was sooo consistantly good. It had the freshness of the tropical sea. It was very elegant too, unlike many "kukicha" all sencha versions I have tried.
Unfortunately, I will have to refrain from any other recommendations right now since I have not recently/actively bought from their regular menu items.
But all Japanese vendors are on my radar, donCha know?