Xell wrote: Well, at least there is something to choose now, though still yabukita is far far more common What i personally would like to know, is the age of tea trees, but think this is rather impossible for most teas.
Yeah, like I said, so many things going on in the processing!
It is interesting to note, that while Yabukita is by far the most used tea for sencha throughought much of Japan, Kagoshima uses much less. Yutaka Midori and other varietals are much more common there. I feel this is possibly part of the attraction for me to teas from Kagoshima. And yes, for many years, for Westerners it was Yubukita or nothing until O-Cha opened the door!
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Yabukita done right, but there is much to be said for variety in cultivars/varietals!