Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

Postby TwoDog2 » Jul 7th, '13, 02:27

MIKE_B wrote:I had emailed Ippodo a few weeks ago and was told their shincha would not be available outside of Japan.
But today I saw it as I was ordering gyokuro. I have a can in my order. We'll see.
My step sister brought me back a can from Kyoto last year. I thought it was pretty awesome.



I ordered some using a very round-about process. I live in Mainland China and they said they would not ship to me, but that they would ship to Hong Kong. So, I shipped it to a friend who is bringing it to me next week.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

Postby TwoDog2 » Aug 10th, '13, 03:01

This might be the thread where this post belongs? I finished working through my Ippodo Shincha recently and finally got around to arranging my thoughts about it.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

Postby sherubtse » Aug 10th, '13, 06:37

Nice post, TwoDog2. It is interesting to hear the thoughts of someone not used to Japanese teas.

Perhaps I should do the same with puers. But puers are much more complicated than senchas (or shinchas), so maybe not.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

Postby TwoDog2 » Aug 11th, '13, 01:46

sherubtse wrote:Nice post, TwoDog2. It is interesting to hear the thoughts of someone not used to Japanese teas.

Perhaps I should do the same with puers. But puers are much more complicated than senchas (or shinchas), so maybe not.

Best wishes,
sherubtse


I wouldn't say that senchas or shinchas are less complicated! For me, it was a new experience. My brewing technique was off and the flavors are out of my usual puer drinking spectrum. After a few weeks of shincha, I must admit I am sad that it is all gone. I guess there is always next year

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

Postby David R. » Aug 12th, '13, 08:02

with modern packaging techniques, you can drink shincha all year long... :wink:

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

Postby Chip » Aug 12th, '13, 09:52

... or just convert to the readily available and infinitely fresh "sencha" versions. :mrgreen:

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

Postby bambooforest » Aug 12th, '13, 18:12

Chip wrote:... or just convert to the readily available and infinitely fresh "sencha" versions. :mrgreen:


This begs the question... at what time in the year would you opt not to purchase sencha if the vendor carrying the tea you desired was still carrying the shincha version?

The very popular vendors like o-cha have a high turnover rate so their shincha is going to sell out at some point. But other vendors may not have such a quick turnover rate and may have shincha for far longer.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

Postby David R. » Aug 14th, '13, 10:05

Theoretically, the first harvest (ichi-bancha) will produce better leaves, but their processing will be the most crucial part. So a sencha well processed should be far better than a poorly made shincha.

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