2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

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2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by bryan_drinks_tea » Feb 17th 12 4:37 am

Mod edit: originally titled, "The Buzz on 2012 shincha (and sencha)" and renamed, "2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic"

Let's talk about the upcoming season of shincha/sencha. We can talk about things like:

preorders of our 2012 shincha
Comparing tasting notes
Schtuff like that.

Feel free to add on any other things relating to the topic.

I'm definitely planning on doing some preorders, I just don't know which vendors I will be going to. ok, that's all for me. Please join in on the fun!

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Re: The Buzz on 2012 shincha (and sencha)

by Chip » Feb 17th 12 5:28 am

And so it was on Friday February 17th that the 2012 Shincha Ordering Topic was born and stickied!

Let the good times rolllll ...

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by AdamMY » Feb 19th 12 1:22 am

I am just hoping that this is the year I actually order some of Ippodo's Shincha. But I have never been a huge shincha seeker, I order it while its available but I don't go out of my way for it. I also know some Shincha from O-cha is definitely in my future.

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by Chip » Feb 19th 12 2:10 am

Last year's disasters in Japan had an impact of my personal shincha purchasing. Normally at the start of shincha, I am often completely out of all Japanese greens, however last year I bought a bunch of 2010 Japanese greens not knowing what would happen with 2011 harvest teas.

So, since I had a bunch of 2010 on hand and due to the disasters, I approached 2011 shincha more conservatively, but still tried pretty many from tried and true vendors I have grown to trust. I did not really venture out from this circle for much of the 2011 harvest.

Hopefully, this shincha will see the resumption of personal traditions af trying new editions of familiar offerings ... but also trying new vendors and new teas once again.

I would also like to include at least one Shincha OTTI, hopefully 2 seperate Shincha OTTI.

So, this preparation for shincha includes personal reflection of last year's as I look forward to this year's!

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by woozl » Feb 19th 12 2:50 am

OTTI, OTTI, OTTI :D

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by Nenugal » Feb 20th 12 9:45 am

woozl wrote:OTTI, OTTI, OTTI :D
+1 :mrgreen:

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by Bakkoi » Mar 2nd 12 5:35 pm

Does Chinese green tea count under the Shincha banner? :lol:

I ordered some Xu Fu Long Ya from TS yesterday, my first time order from there, and I'm keeping an eye out for any other early Chinese offerings. Currently waiting on Shincha from Zencha, which is due in late April, and that seems most likely when ujeon from Korea will become available as well.

Open to suggestions for other early teas.

Does anyone else use Japanese teaware to brew Chinese tea? I wasn't thrilled with the aesthetics or apparent quality of the Chinese teaware I found online or in brick and mortar shops I have been to recently, so I went ahead and ordered this. http://www.zencha.net/c04505.php

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by Stentor » Mar 3rd 12 10:05 am

Chip wrote:Shincha OTTI
I'd love to participate in an OTTI again!
I don't see myself buying tons of 100 g bags of shincha from many different vendors, so an OTTI would certainly be an opportunity to branch out and try things that you might otherwise not try. Plus I loved the discussion last time I participated. I learned a lot from that.
So yeah, let's do that!

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by SilentChaos » Mar 3rd 12 11:48 pm

+10 to all of above :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by Bakkoi » Mar 8th 12 10:48 pm

The Xu Fu Long Ya tastes good.

Almost like a peppery Long Jing. 2012 tastes like a great year.

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by brlarson » Mar 12th 12 4:24 am

Kaburagien has announced their pre-order of ``88 nights''.

http://www.kaburagien.co.jp/english/yoyaku/index.php

But I am having trouble submitting my request.

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by bryan_drinks_tea » Mar 12th 12 7:10 pm

brlarson wrote:Kaburagien has announced their pre-order of ``88 nights''.

http://www.kaburagien.co.jp/english/yoyaku/index.php

But I am having trouble submitting my request.
The English on that website be jammin' mon... :lol:

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by brlarson » Mar 13th 12 1:16 am

bryan_drinks_tea wrote: The English on that website be jammin' mon... :lol:
... and the tea be jammin' too mon

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by beachape » Mar 13th 12 4:24 am

How is the 88 nights? I've never ordered from kaburagien, how much does shipping cost for one or two tins to the states? (the site doesn't have much info on ordering or shipping). The tea pillow sounds like an interesting gimmick, but that would cost a fortune in shipping, ha.

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Re: 2012 Official Shincha Ordering Topic

by brlarson » Mar 13th 12 2:04 pm

Last year Kaburagien sent me the shipping cost when the tea was ready to ship. Last year the shipping cost for one can was 1200 yen, and I added a can of temomicha which brought the shipping total to 1680 yen. I won't be surprised if shipping costs are a little higher this year.

This year I am getting two cans of shincha and two packs of their soba noodles!