Pentox wrote:I'd love to hear about your opinions on their senchas, as their pricing is a bit steep for simply sampling.
I agree about O-Cha's prices. Considering the quality, I find the price/value equation very acceptable, but like you say, I wouldn't want to just start buying their stuff blind at $20 a pop! I would probably never have gotten any of their teas were it not for the recommendations of Chip, Space, and others here a few months back. I really wish Kevin would start offering little samplers.
On my O-Cha shopping list--based on gossip and innuendo-- I have inscribed:
As you might guess, next time I order from them, it will be Fuka Supreme.
As long as we are talking about everything EXCEPT O-Cha (sorry Chip), I am having a Den's $19 kyusu sent to my brother's house prior to a visit I will be making next month, rather than drag my own pot up there and risk breaking it. I thought I should throw in a tea. The question is, "What's a good Den's sencha for me to brew for my bro who is pretty much a nOOb to sencha." Should I just take whatever at that time will be left of my Premium Fuka Maki or is there something else (maybe cheaper) that might be a better intro for him and his guy friend? The friend drinks mostly bag tea because he feels it is healthy, but my bro is very open to new tastes and has enjoyed tasting and talking about sheng, yancha, and Dong Ding. He is also a tad disappointed that I am not taking my matcha kit along, but happy that I am bring yixing and puerh.