greenteaguide wrote:I've been in Japan and most of the tea is fine. I'm not worried at all about drinking green tea.
Find a supplier that gets tea from Kyoto or even further south, from Kyushu. Japan is very strict about contamination. Ask your tea supplier for their contamination certificate.
I would be more worried about tea from China. Most green teas from China have a high amount of lead.
ClarG wrote:Has anyone here ever has Sencha or other types of traditional Japanese green teas from countries other than Japan?
I've had Sencha that was grown in Brasil that stash tea sells, and I've had Bancha that was from China that was included as a free sample with loose teas I bought online. I have seen Chinese sencha on a tea vendor site but I have never bought it or had it.
I am asking about Japanese styles/types of tea not grown in Japan since I stopped drinking Japanese tea after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
miig wrote:To answer your question, they're growing green tea in Switzerland now
I know quite a few countries which are producing greens, but only one that makes the Japanese varieties..Korea! Tea Gschwendner for example has a Sencha from Korea which I like A LOT. If I'm correct, they're active in the US also. But I don't see that particular tea on their HP. Anyhow, teehaus.com seems to have it to, i just don't know that vendor.
AdamMY wrote: <snip> few people know about Korean tea and its culture anyway, and to give many more the impression that its a country that just mimics other counties styles does it a great disservice.
AdamMY wrote:Ugh, leave it to a massive conglomerate like Tea Gschwender to take a country known for producing great green teas in their own right, with their own long standing tea traditions, and then simply market Korean Sencha.
Stentor wrote:AdamMY wrote:Ugh, leave it to a massive conglomerate like Tea Gschwender to take a country known for producing great green teas in their own right, with their own long standing tea traditions, and then simply market Korean Sencha.
TeaGschwendner are selling 16 different teas from Japan and 2 from South Korea, only 1 of which is sencha-style. You are wrong in assuming they have turned their back on Japanese tea.
AdamMY wrote: I am fighting Influenza and my head might not completely be attached to my shoulders.
debunix wrote:AdamMY wrote: I am fighting Influenza and my head might not completely be attached to my shoulders.
Obviously you need more tea....and whatever is your personal equivalent of something warm, liquid, and easy on the system, chicken soup or pho.... Feel better soon!