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Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby dzrogers » Sep 18th, '12, 23:27

I'm very new to green tea, and I'd like to start out by tasting a wide range of greens from different countries/regions/etc. Can anyone recommend some samples/sample sets to get started?

I have already ordered and received the Den's $3 sampler. I'm having a hard time finding similar sets for Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, etc. greens.

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby Chip » Sep 19th, '12, 00:50

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby dzrogers » Sep 19th, '12, 01:40

OTTI indeed!

PS: Are you dropping a hint? Do I need to start stalking the OTTI forum RIGHT NOW?! :o

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby Chip » Sep 19th, '12, 01:47

dzrogers wrote:OTTI indeed!

PS: Are you dropping a hint? Do I need to start stalking the OTTI forum RIGHT NOW?! :o

I would!

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby dzrogers » Sep 19th, '12, 02:16

In that case, I'll be sleeping with one eye open and one finger on the refresh button. :shock:

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby Chip » Sep 19th, '12, 02:45

dzrogers wrote:In that case, I'll be sleeping with one eye open and one finger on the refresh button. :shock:

... well, regardless I give a 3 day prior notification on an upcoming OTTI. So just do not hibernate! :idea:

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby JRS22 » Sep 19th, '12, 09:41

Try www.teatrekker.com

They sell a wide variety of fine teas, most of which are available as 14 gram samples. The price of the sample varies with the price of the tea, so more than $3, but you do have enough tea for 4 to 5 sessions.

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby dzrogers » Sep 19th, '12, 11:44

JRS22 wrote:Try http://www.teatrekker.com

They sell a wide variety of fine teas, most of which are available as 14 gram samples. The price of the sample varies with the price of the tea, so more than $3, but you do have enough tea for 4 to 5 sessions.


Thank you for the suggestion!

The problem I find with these sorts of webstores is that the selection is vast (both exciting and daunting), and I don't know enough about what's what to really choose a few introductory teas. Unfortunately, finances being as they are, I can't afford to grab a lot of samples when they are $5-$10 a pop.

Can you or anyone else recommend some specific types of tea to sort of start out with? I'm thinking something along the lines of 3-4 introductory teas for each country. Maybe I'm asking the impossible.

Hopefully, this mystery OTTI will help. At this point, I think curated samples are going to be the most edifying. I'm hoping that the members here can help point me in the right direction. :oops:

I don't know if this matters, but I've had a few gunpowder greens from unknown sources. I like those. I have a Dobra Tea Room nearby, and I have some of their Dian Lu Eshan which I understand is a Mao Feng. I like its delicate sweetness.

I've never had a Korean green tea unless you count restaurant stuff, and I haven't the slightest clue what they are serving.

So far I've only tried one of the Den's samples, Sencha Fuku-Midori. I liked the second infusion more than the first. It was a good tea, but I haven't developed an appreciation for bitterness/astringency yet. I prefer something sweeter, so I'm think maybe I should try Den's Sencha Extra Green with Matcha? I'm I barking up the right tree? :?

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby sriracha » Sep 19th, '12, 12:22

Can't vouch for overall quality since I've only tried two teas of theirs, but Obubu sells a sampler set of every (green, Japanese)tea the farm produces.

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby Remick » Sep 19th, '12, 17:59

dzrogers wrote:So far I've only tried one of the Den's samples, Sencha Fuku-Midori. I liked the second infusion more than the first. It was a good tea, but I haven't developed an appreciation for bitterness/astringency yet. I prefer something sweeter, so I'm think maybe I should try Den's Sencha Extra Green with Matcha? I'm I barking up the right tree? :?


Alright... thinking back to when I had ordered the sampler...

-Try the Genmaicha Extra Green or Houjicha for sweetness. If you don't like the "toasty" notes, then yes, Sencha Extra Green would be your next choice.
-FWIW, I enjoyed the other samples more than the Fukamidori.
-Den's shincha (won't be available till next spring) easily eclipsed both the Fukamidori and Sencha Extra Green.
-I have a soft spot for the company, can't recommend them enough, and will order from them without hesitation. However, you should note that they are not --nor do I believe they try or claim to be-- the absolute pinnacle of Japanese greens. And that's fine by me :mrgreen:

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby JRS22 » Sep 20th, '12, 11:51

When I recommended Tea Trekker I was thinking of their Chinese teas. If I were you I'd consider beginning with one category, like Chinese greens or oolongs and study the descriptions. That way you can use the samples to do comparisons within a category and get a sense of the range of teas that are available.

Also, see if you can get Harney and Sons Guide to Tea from the library or secondhand. Each chapter is organized as a tea tasting of one category of tea and good for a beginner.

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby teaisme » Sep 20th, '12, 14:25

teahome on ebay has fair priced samples of oolong if your interested

no green tea though :D

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby edkrueger » Sep 25th, '12, 18:00

Rishi has added some flights: http://www.rishi-tea.com/category/s?keyword=flight
It would be better if they had unflavored flights.
*For your information only. This is not to be misconstrued as my approval of the flights or the teas in them.

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby JRS22 » Sep 26th, '12, 08:06

Seven Cups has several sample sets:

http://www.sevencups.com/tea_shop/Tea_Samplers/

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Re: Green Tea Sampler Sets

Postby minor_glitch » Sep 26th, '12, 09:21

Floating Leaves also has some samples: http://www.floatingleavestea.com/index. ... 04c886c08d

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