I probably could post this under the 2012 Shincha ordering topic, but I have two questions, and the 2nd one is a bit more broad.
Chip, feel free to move if you think appropriate.
1) for anyone who must have sampled shinchas from several regions by now (I'm thinking of you Kevangogh, or you Xell or Flonihoncha), because you had to choose your own shincha to retail, can you say how the various regions' shincha compares this year?
I read here on TC somewhere that Shizuoka had a particularly good harvest this year... is it true?
Can any TCers who've bought tried shinchas this year chime in?
2) I'm considering ordering Ippodo's shincha, but alongside it, throwing in a couple other things to make the most of the shipping, and I wanted to get some opinions.
Which do you prefer, Houjicha, or Kuki-houjicha? I believe I've read a very positive review of the latter here on TC, but can anyone compare?
And, this is like comparing apples to oranges, but if I were to only choose one, should I go for their Kanro Gyo or the Wakamatsu-no-mukashi? I'd probably go for both, but I think that pushes the shipping to the next threshold...
Never had koicha-quality matcha before, but want to try it someday, and based on reviews, the Wakamatsu seems to have a very good price-to-quality ratio.
Thanks for your input, for those of you who read this far!