Shincha 2008 Lineup

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Shincha 2008 Lineup

Postby scruffmcgruff » Apr 3rd, '08, 02:28

I've decided to compile a list of the 2008 shincha selections and their projected dates of availability for your convenience. Please leave a note in this thread and I'll update as they come in!

Den's Tea (no pre-orders yet):

Den's Tea (via Wesli) wrote:Thank you for your inquiry.

Our 2008 Shincha is available end of this month. We will announce on web
site and newsletters.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Keiko Park
Den's Tea Inc.


Hibiki-An (no pre-orders yet):

From Hibiki-an Shincha News-Flash page:
The pre-orders of Shincha will be taken after the end of April. Details regarding Shincha will be informed in our newsletter and on this page.


Kaburaigen (pre-order only):


Lupicia (no pre-orders):


Maiko (pre-order only):

Maiko Tea (via Salsero) wrote:Thank you for your kind inquiry!
We have listed the shincha teas on our Japanese web site
http://www.maiko.ne.jp/shopping/2008shincha.htm
and are presently translating these pages into English and German.
They shall be listed within the next few days and we will send a
mailing to our customers.

best regards

Ralph Faerber
Maikotea Japan


O-Cha.com (pre-order only):

Zencha.net (pre-order only, dates listed on page):


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Postby Chip » Apr 3rd, '08, 03:21

Excellent, Scruff!!! :idea:

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Postby olivierco » Apr 3rd, '08, 06:15

Very nice idea!
You could add the availability dates:

04/28 Hatsumi
05/10 Miyabi, Fukamushi Supreme, Yukata Midori


Preorders available for kaburagien, but only in japanese. Available beginning of may

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Postby olivierco » Apr 4th, '08, 15:24

Kirameki: available 05/01

The shincha english page for kaburagien has appeared on their website, reservation open until 30th april:

http://www.kaburagien.co.jp/english/index_go_new.php
(with a typo in their email address)

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Postby Pentox » Apr 5th, '08, 02:28

Lupicia seems to have listed some shinchas. Both are marked as out of stock currently.

Shizuoka Shincha
Sayama Shincha

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Postby Jack_teachat » Apr 15th, '08, 13:21

I have pre-ordered the Yukata Midori Shincha. How long do the Shincha's usually take to go out of stock? Only got into Japanese greens at the end of last year :D

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Postby Chip » Apr 15th, '08, 13:31

Jack_teachat wrote:I have pre-ordered the Yukata Midori Shincha. How long do the Shincha's usually take to go out of stock? Only got into Japanese greens at the end of last year :D


Jack, the shincha availability lasts til it is depleted, but they generally plan it out so it is gone traditionally by June or July. This does not mean all items from all suppliers will last that long. Once it is gone, it is gone.

But a reputable vendor should not be selling shincha too far into July. At that point, he should be selling Ichibancha...regular first flush sencha.

Vendor's are being a little coy this year with preorders or advance notification of shincha items. O-Cha is one of the few who have listed theirs. Strangely, he down plays shincha constantly, yet he is way ahead of the pack this year.

I am definitely planning on trying all 5 of his shincha this year. Hatsumi, Kirameki, Yutaka Midori, Fukamushi Supreme, Miyabi.

I will try a shincha or 2 from Hibiki I am sure as well as Den's. But they are not showing their cards yet. Beyond these 3, not sure of anything else as far as shincha is concerned. Hibiki is doing their shincha weekly updates which is cruel as we must patiently wait.

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Postby Salsero » Apr 15th, '08, 16:25

Scruff--

Got this response from Maiko tea today. I think I want to order their Shuppin Sencha cause I want to try a first class asamuschi. My understanding is that Uji comes in quite a bit later than Kagoshima.

Maiko Tea wrote:Thank you for your kind inquiry!
We have listed the shincha teas on our Japanese web site
http://www.maiko.ne.jp/shopping/2008shincha.htm
and are presently translating these pages into English and German.
They shall be listed within the next few days and we will send a
mailing to our customers.

best regards

Ralph Faerber
Maikotea Japan


Makes you wonder what happened to French!

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Postby Wesli » Apr 15th, '08, 17:41

DEN'S TEA!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your inquiry.

Our 2008 Shincha is available end of this month. We will announce on web
site and newsletters.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Keiko Park
Den's Tea Inc.


So, looks like Den's might be ahead of the game!

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Postby Chip » Apr 15th, '08, 18:09

Wesli wrote:Thank you for your inquiry.

Our 2008 Shincha is available end of this month. We will announce on web
site and newsletters.

So, looks like Den's might be ahead of the game!


Shizuoka is due out towards the end of the month, starting with more premium teas. This is normal for teas from this prefecture to start coming out ahead of Uji by a few weeks.

Sal, strangely, Kagoshima is slow to become available stateside, even when theirs are genrally first harvested, an indication perhaps of the lack of accessibility to Americans of this prefecture's splendorous teas. Not sure why we cannot gain better access to these teas in general.

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Postby Salsero » Apr 15th, '08, 18:21

Chip wrote:Shizuoka ... Sal, strangely, Kagoshima ... general.
Chip, I love you. You know everything. If I were a little more flexible in that area, I might even be tempted to ask you to marry me. Think how convenient to have all that TEApower around the house! After all, Space says I remind him of his dad, if his dad had been gay which he was not and which Space claims I am not. Geez, am I developing gender identity problems!

Well, I still love you Chip, but not in that way. :wink: Maybe we could just stroll arm-in-arm like friends.






*Chip makes note: "No personal meetings with this sick puppy."

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Postby tenuki » Apr 15th, '08, 19:38

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Get yer fresh Japanese grass clippings, step right up!!!

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Postby Chip » Apr 15th, '08, 19:54

Salsero wrote:
Chip wrote:Shizuoka ... Sal, strangely, Kagoshima ... general.
Chip, I love you. You know everything. If I were a little more flexible in that area, I might even be tempted to ask you to marry me. Think how convenient to have all that TEApower around the house! After all, Space says I remind him of his dad, if his dad had been gay which he was not and which Space claims I am not. Geez, am I developing gender identity problems!

Well, I still love you Chip, but not in that way. :wink: Maybe we could just stroll arm-in-arm like friends.

*Chip makes note: "No personal meetings with this sick puppy."


By the way, the footnote was not mine...either Sal or Mary... :D

You can be my TeaDaddy, Sal. I will tell you I love you at least once per year (during Shincha of course), no P.C., and you buy me all the shincha I can stuff into my TeaFridge. Better yet, you can get me a really big one like Ito-En's with glass front, 20 feet long, full of cool Japanese wood boxes, and shincha.

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Postby Chip » Apr 15th, '08, 19:55

tenuki wrote:Image

Get yer fresh Japanese grass clippings, step right up!!!


The wheels are to small for the job...add around 2 meter wheels, now you are talking...

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Postby Salsero » Apr 15th, '08, 20:31

Chip wrote:You can be my TeaDaddy, Sal.


Paul Simon almost wrote:
    If you’ll be my TeaDaddy
    I can be your long lost pal
    I can call you Chipster
    And Chipster when you call me
    You can call me Sal

Sorry Chip, I've had to rethink the whole offer, you sound too expensive and Tenuki's got a better proposition with the TeaMoar 3000. With the TeaMoar it's shincha every day. (some models may come with less than standard 2 m wheels)

Now where did I put those meds ... mmm. Geez I've only had one tea today, and I'm going off the deep end... I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.






* Well then it must have been Mary.

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