debunix wrote:One important thing to figure out before you buy a lot of sencha, organic or not, from any supplier is to figure out if you prefer lighter or deeper steamed sencha (asamushi vs fukamushi). I'm a fan of the lighter steamed stuff but I'm in a minority here, as most teaChatters prefer the deeper steamed tea.
The best way to figure out your preferences might be to buy some of each from one supplier, see which you like better, then explore a couple of offerings in that category from several different online sources, buying small quantities of each
as a fan of light steamed tea as well, my suggestion would be to start with a few samples of light steamed first to get a taste for this kind of sencha before sampling the deeper steamed (and there is also medium steamed sencha to try
). and as the new tea of 2012 - shincha- is just being released, it's a perfect time to try that too.
as debunix points out, with all the selections out there, exploring is really the only way to get to know what you like best. i know looking at a vendor's selection can be overwhelming. you may be better off making this a journey, and say, in one year, look back to see what you have bought and liked and disliked and learned and not try to make sense of it all at once.
there are many opinions regarding non-organic vs. organic. you'll find lots of views on TeaChat. if you don't have strong views on this in general, then you will enjoy excellent teas from both kinds.
i didn't really answer your question about which vendor to purchase from, but i hope the suggestions help.