2010 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by iannon » Apr 10th 10 7:23 pm

Chip wrote:Sae Midori from O-Cha, you cannot go wrong!
Sae Midori is yummy..I havent had O-Cha's version but the Yuuki version was good too last year

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by Chip » Apr 10th 10 7:27 pm

iannon wrote:
Chip wrote:Sae Midori from O-Cha, you cannot go wrong!
Sae Midori is yummy..I havent had O-Cha's version but the Yuuki version was good too last year
:lol: I have not had the Yuuki version, but the O-Cha was good last year. :lol: I will have to try the Yuuki.

Sae Midori is classified as a "natural Gyokuro" varietal, naturally sweet and very little bitterness or astringency. Some say it is too mild for their tastes. When this happens, the profile can be manipulated to make it more intensely flavorful.

BTW, Sae Midori is also a great home blender as well.

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by TeaPeople » Apr 11th 10 4:40 am

Thanks for the advice on the Shincha (spelled correctly this time :D ). I appreciate it!

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by JRS22 » Apr 12th 10 2:22 am

How would the Shincha version of Sae Midori differ from the regular version? I have a packet of O-Cha Sae Midori that I'm planning to open and savor tomorrow morning?

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by Chip » Apr 12th 10 2:31 am

JRS22 wrote:How would the Shincha version of Sae Midori differ from the regular version? I have a packet of O-Cha Sae Midori that I'm planning to open and savor tomorrow morning?
They are both very good. The shincha may be a bit more intense. Getting shincha is more of a celebration of a new harvest for me, not really so much about the shincha being that much different.

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by JRS22 » Apr 12th 10 10:56 pm

Chip wrote:Celllllebrate Shin-Cha, come on ...
.........................................it's a celebration
In honor of Spring I decided to go with shincha versions of 2 of O-Cha's organic Senchas - the Warashina Supreme and the Oku Yutaka. I can actually drink my morning tea on my back porch - although it does cool off quickly.

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by AdamMY » Apr 13th 10 5:34 pm

Looks like we will have Sae Midori within one week....

-Kevin from O-cha
Just thought I should let you guys know :)

Yay! Spring.

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by brlarson » Apr 16th 10 3:03 am

Zencha shincha is available for pre-order.

http://www.zencha.net/products_yame_shincha.php

http://www.zencha.net/products_shizu_shincha.php

I am snarfing some right now.

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by Chip » Apr 16th 10 3:12 am

Woohoo, seemed like shincha would never come. Now it is coming full steam ahead. :mrgreen:

It is weird, I don't see shincha on Zencha's pages, seems like they have to give you the keys to the vault.
JRS22 wrote:
Chip wrote:Celllllebrate Shin-Cha, come on ...
.........................................it's a celebration
In honor of Spring I decided to go with shincha versions of 2 of O-Cha's organic Senchas - the Warashina Supreme and the Oku Yutaka. I can actually drink my morning tea on my back porch - although it does cool off quickly.

These two are really different from each other. You will enjoy the complexity of the Warashina and the simplicity of the Oku Yutaka.

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by iannon » Apr 16th 10 3:20 am

ahh Zencha! Takumi! pre-ordering now! yes its still not on their main pages it comes out in their newsletter first it seems
Takumi Takumi Takumi!

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by iannon » Apr 16th 10 6:24 am

iannon wrote: I am 3 in now:
O-Cha: Organic Warashina Supreme (Asa)
Yuuki: Tenryu Misakubo Handpicked Shincha (Asa)
Yuuki: Sayamakaori (Asa)
up to 5!
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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by Chip » Apr 16th 10 1:49 pm

Zencha wrote:Because of the sudden fall in temperature, the young tea leaves, nearly 50% of our tea garden in Shizuoka, suffered frost damage.
One farmer in our Shizuoka tea garden said "it's a pain to face up to the fact that tea trees, tended with great care through a year, were damaged. But it can't be helped. It's a nature. We should humbly accept it and move on, then I start to feel an appreciation for at least 50% can be harvested".

In Yame, fortunately, there was no damage for cold weather and have a good harvest.
So, this year could be interesting for not only shincha but for ichibancha. Shizuoka is likely the biggest supplier of sencha, and it is not only sold as Shizuoka, but is used a lot in blending ... we could see shortages and price increases sooner or later.

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by Dresden » Apr 17th 10 7:20 pm

Chip wrote:So, this year could be interesting for not only shincha but for ichibancha. Shizuoka is likely the biggest supplier of sencha, and it is not only sold as Shizuoka, but is used a lot in blending ... we could see shortages and price increases sooner or later.
It looks like the Shizuoka's from Yuuki-Cha should be fine...
Yuuki-Cha wrote:There was a cold spell at the end of March in Japan, especially Shizuoka. Many non-organic Shizuoka tea gardens had severe damage. However, the high grown Shizuoka organics that we are selling were not damaged at all by the cold spell because the tea bushes in these elevated organic tea gardens were not even active at that point. All reports from our growers in Uji, Shizuoka, Kagoshima, and Kumamoto indicate that everything is fine at the moment, and the weather is now starting to warm up nicely! Any further updates will be announced here.

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by Chip » Apr 17th 10 7:44 pm

Yeah, thanks Dresden. I saw that. Just generally speaking, supply could tighten up and this could place pressure on prices. I am not saying this will happen, but bears watching I guess.

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Re: 2010 Official Shincha ordering topic

by Dresden » Apr 17th 10 8:00 pm

Yup....I would think that in general there will be a spike similar to what we saw with tomato and orange prices this year due to the late freeze in Florida.

Any rate... I've just about got my Yuuki-Cha order sorted out:

1) Kagoshima Shincha Saemidori
2) Shizuoka Shincha Sayamakaori
3) Shizuoka Shincha Okuyutaka
4) Cherry Bark Tea Scoop