2009 Shincha Ordering Topic

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Poll added. Should we have a 2009 Shincha Review/Ordering Topic PART II?

Yes
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No
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I don't give a bancha ...
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2009 Shincha Ordering Topic

by Pentox » Mar 12th 09 5:53 pm

Moderator Edit. So you can follow the past "official Shincha" topics ...
2008 Shincha Topic:
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5330
Chip
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It looks like it's starting.

Kaburagien
SA - Sugimoto USA - PREORDER ONLY
O-cha
Yuuki-cha
Den's Tea (Preorders start Apr 10)
Maiko Tea
Zencha
Hibiki-an
Ippodo

First off this year we have Kaburagien starting their reservations for 88 nights! Coming in second is a newcomer to the shincha races, Sugimoto! Interestingly Sugimoto is a PREORDER ONLY situation. Only those who preorder will be able to get them. And In third we have O-cha coming in with Uji Kirameki, Kagoshima YM, Shizuoka Sencha Hatsumi and Fukamushi Supreme! Thanks Oliver! And 4th up we have Yuuki-cha, a relative newcomer to the shincha races folks! Announcing preorders to start on 4/10 is Den's. They might get trumped for 5th place though if someone allows preorders before then! And in a distant 5th comes Maiko tea through the gate, a relative newcomer to the shincha races, with no notable appearance last year. In a distant 6th we have Zeeeenchaaaaa!! And finally Hibiki-an puts up their preorders. Trailing well behind as expected is Lupicia. Ippodo is finally in!

Vendors yet to report in:
Chado Tea House
Lupicia (Tends to be behind the game)

Lupicia tends to get their Shincha to the US around June.
Chado Tea House is showing to expect theirs around mid may.
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Re: 2009 Shincha Review/Ordering Topic

by iannon » Mar 12th 09 6:06 pm

Pentox wrote:It looks like it's starting.

Kaburagien

First off this year we have Kaburagien starting their reservations for 88 nights!

Vendors yet to report in:
O-cha
Zencha
Den's
Hibiki-an
Lupicia (Tends to be behind the game)
wow..never been to that site..lots of sencha variations there! I would not know where to begin ;)
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by ryux » Mar 12th 09 6:45 pm

I love the gift selection! Anyone have any info on this vendor? I've never heard about it nor tried their teas.

by the way, the Engrish on that site is pretty funny lol :lol:

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by olivierco » Mar 12th 09 8:08 pm

ryux wrote:I love the gift selection! Anyone have any info on this vendor? I've never heard about it nor tried their teas.

by the way, the Engrish on that site is pretty funny lol :lol:
I had some of their "prize winner" sencha, kabuse and matcha. Quite good for the sencha and the kabuse, the matcha wasn't too impressive.
Their shincha is also very good but I might not order some this year because I have some other to try.

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by Pentox » Mar 12th 09 8:52 pm

Second in the race is Sugimoto USA with a Hashiri Shincha and a Hachiju Hachiya Shincha. Interestingly SA is going with preorders only, and Temomi is available for preorder only as well this year.

I already put my order in for all 3. Mmmm Temomi.

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by Chip » Mar 12th 09 10:48 pm

Often the very very first shincha picked ... to be the very first ... are picked with being the very first ... as the only priority it seems. Anything to be the very very first to market.

As such, often the very first to market offerings lack the best flavor or may be unbalanced.

Regardless, it is fun to watch the race ... I had the Hashiri from Den's last year. I am trying to be patient this year. :roll:

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by Pentox » Mar 12th 09 11:02 pm

Chip wrote:Often the very very first shincha picked ... to be the very first ... are picked with being the very first ... as the only priority it seems. Anything to be the very very first to market.

As such, often the very first to market offerings lack the best flavor or may be unbalanced.

Regardless, it is fun to watch the race ... I had the Hashiri from Den's last year. I am trying to be patient this year. :roll:
Ah true, but thus far we're seeing preorder pages go up. So far it's two Hachijyu Hachiyas and one Hashiri.

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by devites » Mar 12th 09 11:36 pm

Chip wrote:Often the very very first shincha picked ... to be the very first ... are picked with being the very first ... as the only priority it seems. Anything to be the very very first to market.

As such, often the very first to market offerings lack the best flavor or may be unbalanced.

Regardless, it is fun to watch the race ... I had the Hashiri from Den's last year. I am trying to be patient this year. :roll:
This is my favorite time of year. I decided I am going to get 7 shinchas this year because last year I took it for granted. Last year I thought that the Hashiri was only ok, it was kinda hard to brew. I am going to try it from Sugimoto this year since they make great tea.

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by ryux » Mar 13th 09 5:10 am

my wallet's getting thinner lol
I am gonna get bankrupt after ordering 10x temomi :shock:

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by Pentox » Mar 13th 09 3:41 pm

ryux wrote:my wallet's getting thinner lol
I am gonna get bankrupt after ordering 10x temomi :shock:
Whoah did you really order 100g of temomi?

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by Topmounter » Mar 13th 09 4:54 pm

Wow... I just received $60 in Senchas and Gyokuru from Den's... now I have to order Shincha too? :shock:

I really didn't comprehend what I was in for when I made the move from tea-bag greens to loose-leaf greens :mrgreen:

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by Shelob » Mar 13th 09 5:52 pm

Topmounter wrote:Wow... I just received $60 in Senchas and Gyokuru from Den's... now I have to order Shincha too? :shock:

I really didn't comprehend what I was in for when I made the move from tea-bag greens to loose-leaf greens
:mrgreen:
The GreenTea FluBug has infected the TeaChatters :twisted:
Run for the Shincha order pads :wink:

Seriously, I can't wait! Let's have a Green TeaPaartay next week on St. Patrick's Day to celebrate, how about it Chip? :wink: Can you set us up?
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by ErikaM » Mar 13th 09 8:55 pm

Help, I need a first-time-shincha buyer's guide. If I'm buying on a budget, what would you recommend as the must-try's for a new-ish tea drinker? Temomi is already down on my list after reading Pentox's review.

It's taken me this long to figure out the names of regular green teas, now I'm faced with terms like Hachijyu Hachiya and Hashiri. :shock:

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by Chip » Mar 13th 09 9:01 pm

ErikaM wrote:Help, I need a first-time-shincha buyer's guide. If I'm buying on a budget, what would you recommend as the must-try's for a new-ish tea drinker? Temomi is already down on my list after reading Pentox's review.

It's taken me this long to figure out the names of regular green teas, now I'm faced with terms like Hachijyu Hachiya and Hashiri. :shock:
Have you taken the time to read the 2008 Shincha topic? It is a good starting point on recent history, and while there are inevitable changes from harvest to harvest, you will have a bit of a head start at what a lot of us are going to be looking at.

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by ErikaM » Mar 13th 09 9:23 pm

I'm wading through it now. Alas, the conclusion I'm reaching is budget be damned, order everything... 8)