Highest quality green tea recommendations please!


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Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Vertigo » Aug 16th, '12, 07:27

Dear All,

I recently bought the following teas from O-Cha...

1. Kagoshima Sencha Yutaka Midori
2. Uji Sencha Miyabi
3. Uji Gyokuro Kame Jiru Shi

I love them all.

Could anyone please recommend me any other very high quality Japanese green tea please?

I don't mind buying from other vendors and cost is not really an issue...Just want the best.

I really enjoyed the above three by the way.

Looking forward to hearing from you...

Drink on!

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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby David R. » Aug 16th, '12, 10:03

I find teas from Thés du Japon to be far better than O-Cha's.
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Vertigo » Aug 16th, '12, 15:15

Thanks guys...
@ David R - Any particular ones from that website that you recommend please?

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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Chip » Aug 16th, '12, 15:28

David R. wrote:I find teas from Thés du Japon to be far better than O-Cha's.

I guess we will have to do an OTTI and find out ...
:idea: :!: :?: :arrow: :twisted: :mrgreen:
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby teaisme » Aug 16th, '12, 15:29

ooooo nice site thanks david
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Chip » Aug 16th, '12, 15:38

It is good to sample teas from multiple vendors to help you find what is right for you, individually ... and it is nice having variety as well.

But I always have a personal fave 5 list to order from.
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Postby SilentChaos » Aug 16th, '12, 15:42

I see you have Kame on your list there. I would quite readily recommend Ayame from our friend Xell (Hakoniwado). Competition grade Yame gyo.
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Vertigo » Aug 16th, '12, 16:01

Chip, please do share your top 5 with us :)
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Chip » Aug 16th, '12, 16:15

Vertigo wrote:Chip, please do share your top 5 with us :)

... certainly ... :mrgreen: The order is not exact and flutuates quite a bit!

O-Cha
Hakoniwado
Maiko
Ippodo
Den's
Zencha
A secret supplier who has some really amazing sencha that will be revealed with OTTI any day now

A bunch more ... I try to sample from at least 10 vendors of Japanese teas each harvest year, this year will be much higher I suspect

Teavana ... nah, just checking to see if you are paying attention. :twisted:

OK, that is more than a fave 5 ... :mrgreen:
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Vertigo » Aug 16th, '12, 16:20

I have tried o-cha...
What would you suggest i move onto next?! 8)
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Vertigo » Aug 16th, '12, 16:33

Any firm favourites from those vendors which i should try Chip?
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Chip » Aug 16th, '12, 16:44

Vertigo wrote:I have tried o-cha...
What would you suggest i move onto next?! 8)

O-Cha has a lot to offer, many excellent selctions worth trying!

Although O-Cha has been my personal favorite for around 6 years (they were also the "first" and for some time the only vendor to offer really good and really fresh Japanese tea), I am always looking and tasting others, my list is likely 30-40 vendors (likely more actually) ... many of these have come and gone or have lost favor with me. Some I tried once and would never try again unless some positive reports were forthcoming from other members.

But this is part of the TeaJourney I have chosen ...

Vertigo wrote:Any firm favourites from those vendors which i should try Chip?

I will certainly reply to this later ... time to brew tea now ...
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby Oni » Aug 17th, '12, 04:05

My favourites are Marukyu koyamaen, horaido, ippodo.
I like classic Uji tea, asamushi - lightsteamed sencha, and aged gyokuro at least 6 month to develope that deep falvouor.
I also trust Hon Yama teas from Hojo, that is the best from Shizouka.
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Re: Highest quality green tea recommendations please!

Postby David R. » Aug 17th, '12, 05:34

Vertigo wrote:Thanks guys...
@ David R - Any particular ones from that website that you recommend please?

Thanks


Well, I have yet to try a lot of them ! 850g of sencha are sleeping in my cupboard ! Presently drinking Miyasaki's Oku Midori. Such a delight...

From what I have tasted last year, I'd go with Kôshun and Asatsuyu. I have high hopes about the Hon.Yama teas too...

There is a blog linked to this shop, in French unfortunately for you guys... It has great info. Check out this page for example : http://sommelier-the-japonais.blogspot. ... zuoka.html

I love to able to see the trees from which was made the tea I am drinking. Some vendors makes that possible. I have to say I tend to go towards them, as it often means that they go on location by themselves and have wonderful stories to tell too ! And I love tea stories ! :)

PS : Ippodo and Horaido are on my watch list too.
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