@Victoria I have drank almost all of his teas throughout the years. They are all good. I don't remember anything bad. However, these are two teas that I buy every years because they are simply...spectacular:Victoria wrote: ↑Sat May 16, 2020 1:33 pm
In the past I found the Uji Shincha Kirameki asamushi to be on the lighter side, like a delicious sweet pea liquor. I haven’t tried Yukki-Cha yet, did you order this years 2020 Shincha from them? They have a huge Shincha selection, did you order any others as well? How are they shipping from Japan? Reading the ‘info’ page sounds like the owner is quite combative and has had issues with tea community at large. Ouch.
I’ve also had many very good organic sencha, one in particular I enjoyed all last year into this one too, a Kabusecha from Kagoshima Seicha. The issue discussed with organic teas is that just because it’s organic doesn’t guarantee it will taste better. Regarding O-Cha’s Sae Midori, I’m sipping on it right now and find it very good, elegant and sweet with a few savory notes, it’s just more delicate than past years, very good though imo . How are you steeping yours?
1) Organic Kagoshima Sencha Saemidori
extremely sweet and very aromatic
less umami than the O-cha Sae Midori but if I want umami, I grab the kabusecha or gyokuro
2) Organic Miyazaki Oolong Tea Kuchinashi
Now who would have thought the Japanese has good oolong tea. This is a very special and unique tea. One of the most intensely aromatic teas I have ever encountered. I would put it up against any of the best oolong teas out there. It's much cheaper only because it's machine harvest.
Yes...from my interaction with him over the years, it is true that the owner is a little eccentric For example, he does not publish my "average" reviews of his other teas. However, I think he is just running a business and trying to make a living. The online community can be brutal
As for my brewing of Japanese sencha:
6gm per 120 ml ( 1st brew 170F for 60sec; 2nd brew 170 F for 30 sec; 3rd brew 180 F for 90sec; 4th brew 190 F for 2min; 5th brew 212F for 3 min)
I tried the O-cha Sae Midori today and it tasted much better. Just to show that I should never judge a tea after drinking it only once.