... yeah I think the sample tins are the best thing Upton sells.
I use them to this day, like 10 years after I first purchased them.
Chip wrote:I am truly glad you found a sencha that will work for you. I hold no grudges against Upton ... but it was time for me to move on.
Just a word of caution. They may not store their sencha in ideal conditions. Therefore what you buy today might not be the "same" as what you buy down the road. Plus they may change lots, suppliers between purchases.
What makes you think they don't store their sencha in ideal conditions? I completely understand that the tea may change over time, but at the current price, I'm willing to take the risk, as it's all I can afford.
Oh, and I just ran out of the sample of sencha
Sipping the last cup as we speak...
The most common complaint I have heard regarding Upton is the lack of freshness of their greens due to less than perfect storage and simply having open sencha around toooooo long (and less than great quality ... but that is another subject).
You can ask them, but I can bet you they do not cold store, have sencha-s open for a longggg time as they slowly fill orders, etc. I also believe from experience that they do not always have most current harvest which is pretty critical for sencha.
This compared to the ideal storage methods we have learned to appreciate most from our Japanese based vendors who do everything possible to keep their teas uber fresh throughout the harvest year.
I will be anxious to hear how your next purchase turns out, another issue with Upton is successive orders can be quite different from each other.
But as I stated, I truly hope it works out for you.