2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby beachape » Apr 12th, '12, 03:25

I've only tried the 2011 YM, is the "original YM" significantly different than the 2011 YM? I was pleased by that one, but it didn't knock my socks off, so I'm wondering if I should try the 2012 offering? Thanks!

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Chip » Apr 12th, '12, 08:13

beachape wrote:I've only tried the 2011 YM, is the "original YM" significantly different than the 2011 YM? I was pleased by that one, but it didn't knock my socks off, so I'm wondering if I should try the 2012 offering? Thanks!

Yes, it was not produced by the same company as 2010 and prior! This was due to the disasters in Japan. The tea is grown in Kagoshima, but there were other issues which made it not feasible for O-Cha to sell 2011 "classic" Yutaka Midori.

O-Cha should have "classic" back for shincha. :mrgreen:

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby beachape » Apr 12th, '12, 09:39

Thanks for the reply Chip. Do you think the "classic" is different enough from the 2011 version that I should give it another try? Or do you think the difference will only be subtle? Thanks!

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Lerxst2112 » Apr 12th, '12, 09:47

Anyone know if our buddy Xell (Hakoniwado Tea Shop) is offering anything this year? I don't know if it was a sencha from 2010 or 2011 from there, but it was incredible! :shock:

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Chip » Apr 12th, '12, 09:57

beachape wrote:Thanks for the reply Chip. Do you think the "classic" is different enough from the 2011 version that I should give it another try? Or do you think the difference will only be subtle? Thanks!

Welllll, we won't know lest we try it! :mrgreen: So try it we will. I personally feel 2011 was a tough year all the way around in Japan for tea. The "loss" of the Shizuoka harvest due to radiation concerns likely created supply chain pressures. I believe this was felt all the way down in Kagoshima. IMHO.

And simply put, I feel O-Cha has had the first and the best YM available to the West, and I have tried many YM. The 2011 version from a different supplier was still pretty good, but it was not in the same league as the 2010 offerings (he offered 3 in 2010, YM classic, LE, and Chiran)

I expect the 2012 YM "classic" from O-Cha will be better than the 2011 alternate offering, but only time will tell!

Regardless, I am "all in!" :mrgreen:

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Chip » Apr 12th, '12, 10:01

Lerxst2112 wrote:Anyone know if our buddy Xell (Hakoniwado Tea Shop) is offering anything this year? I don't know if it was a sencha from 2010 or 2011 from there, but it was incredible! :shock:

I was actually discussing this with him not long ago, he will be offering shincha. I am particularly interested in whether the mid level 2012 guricha Tokujo will be as good as the 2011, this was the best guri I think I have had!

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Chip » Apr 12th, '12, 10:13

Seeker wrote:
Chesslover wrote:
Chip wrote:YM from O-Cha would win hands down. Unless I heard from the owner that it is an off vintage for YM.

There are so many great shincha, this YM is the only absolute must have shincha for me.


+1


+2
:mrgreen:

+3 ... can I vote 2X??? :mrgreen:

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Chip wrote:YM from O-Cha would win hands down. Unless I heard from the owner that it is an off vintage for YM.

There are so many great shincha, this YM is the only absolute must have shincha for me.


OK. So why is YM the only "absolute must have shincha" for you Chip? In other words, what makes this tea so special?

Thanks.

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YM classic is both a sentimantal fave and the best sencha taste wise ... for me. This was my real break out sencha after years of futile tastings of domestically offered sencha. It really blew my freakin' mind.

Each year it is a little different, but it is still clearly "the classic" for me.

It was also the very first Kagoshima (and very first YM) that I could locate here in the West. I was instantly enamored by Kagoshima teas, there is something very different in how they approach sencha production ...

I like to call them the innovators, Uji are the traditionalists, Shizuoka are the producers for masses. These are generally the big 3 for me, though Yame is creeping in as well as Ureshino for specialty offerings.

Peacock wrote:Chip is predispositioned to be addicted to YM. :lol:

Well, I would say there is a degree of truth to this. I think we are all hardwired a bit differently, including our senses, perceptions.

I think I am wired for sencha first, why else would I have continued to struggle with mediocre to bad sencha for years before I finally found sencha nirvana? I knew I liked sencha even though I knew most domestic sellers were bastardizing the availability. :twisted:

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Jack_teachat » Apr 12th, '12, 15:17

When I joined this forum four years ago asking for sencha/shincha recommendations, Chip insisted that I try O-Cha's YM...

I remember that first session I had with it absolutely blowing my mind! :mrgreen:

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Mrs. Chip » Apr 12th, '12, 15:19

Jack_teachat wrote:When I joined this forum four years ago asking for sencha/shincha recommendations, Chip insisted that I try O-Cha's YM...

I remember that first session I had with it absolutely blowing my mind! :mrgreen:

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It is also by far my fave! And mindblowing to boot! Can you imagine drinkiing YM with the GreenTea/YM Master? That is indeed minbdblowing in itself! :twisted: 8)

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby SilentChaos » Apr 12th, '12, 16:29

Mrs. Chip wrote:
Jack_teachat wrote:When I joined this forum four years ago asking for sencha/shincha recommendations, Chip insisted that I try O-Cha's YM...

I remember that first session I had with it absolutely blowing my mind! :mrgreen:

+1
It is also by far my fave! And mindblowing to boot! Can you imagine drinkiing YM with the GreenTea/YM Master? That is indeed minbdblowing in itself! :twisted: 8)


Hopes that it will be this particular YM that I'll be trying out. *wonders if I should place a double order. Is the non-shincha version of the same tea any different?

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Mrs. Chip » Apr 12th, '12, 16:34

Nope, "Classic" YM is classic no matter what time of the year. 8)

Go for it!

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Chip » Apr 12th, '12, 17:09

... except the current offering is the replacement YM ...

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby SilentChaos » Apr 12th, '12, 17:12

Chip wrote:... except the current offering is the replacement YM ...


:mrgreen: understood. Can't wait to try this so oft raved about YM. The OTTI YM was good, but wasn't about to knock my socks off.

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby Ill-literate » Apr 12th, '12, 21:09

I have only tried the 2011 YM, and it is the best sencha I have ever had. Needless to say, I am more than excited to try the "Classic"! :D Also, this will be my first shincha. 8)

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

Postby beachape » Apr 12th, '12, 23:31

If its a good season for the "classic" YM I think I'll have to give it a try because it gets such good reviews here.

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