1. The absolute best tasting matcha to get and easy for newbie, price no object.
2. The absolute best tasting matcha for every day drinking, say ~$35 a purchase
Dont know absolute best, but I have one recommendation for both your questions. I do know that O-cha got this Tsuen Manten, it is my default matcha like perfect for daily matcha if your pockets can handle it. It is a perfect cup every time. The taste is balanced, so little bit of grassy, sweetness, creamy, veggie, foamy, it has light balanced flavor and texture of everything combined and is very delicious and calming when I drink it, I adore it.
But I do not know if it is "absolute best". My absolute best will be different from others. I still havent found my absolute best. It depends what you look for in the matcha. Every matcha is a different blend, so they mix different flavors to create a blend. Like a wine, different types of grapes and things to make a wine. If your taste buds prefer very creamy and sweet, then I would not choose Manten as absolute best. I would go for another. Reason I recommend Manten is because it is like a saftey net, it is VERY VERY balanced. If you drink that and you dont like it, then matcha is not for you LOL!!
if you are interested you can see my reviewhttp://matchagirlparis.blogspot.fr/2013 ... hacom.html