Shincha 2021. What's in your cart?

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Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:46 pm

It is that time of the year again! Time to start seriously thinking about Shincha 2021!

Where will you be ordering from and what is on your short and long list?


Shincha is running a few weeks ahead of schedule due to a mild Winter ... that is the good news.

The bad news is that due to the mild Winter, the insider rumor is that pop cultivars like SM & YM are not stellar according to early reports.

We shall see!

Despite all the chaos in 2020, I was generally pleased with the shincha outcome. Remember, we did not even know if we would be able to get Shincha last year! At one point, it was looking very bleak!

There are still residual effects for many of us wanting to import shincha from Japan including not being able to use the very cost effective EMS.

BUT most vendors in Japan have switched over to FEDEX OR DHL.
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Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:15 pm

Really looking forward to this years shincha. If Sae Midori and Yutaka Midori aren’t stellar what then? Ahhh
I see Thes du Japón has a couple already posted. O-Cha newsletter mentions;
This year's harvest will occur about 7 days earlier than last year due to this year's warm weather. We should be seeing the first shincha come out about the 2nd to 3rd week of April.
With anticipation....
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Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:21 pm

Thinking of trying a couple asamushi along with the usual SM this year, was eyeing the Uji Shincha Kirameki, sadly only epacket to Portugal so expecting a bit of a wait.
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Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:37 pm

Chip wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:46 pm
Shincha is running a few weeks ahead of schedule due to a mild Winter ... that is the good news.

The bad news is that due to the mild Winter, the insider rumor is that pop cultivars like SM & YM are not stellar according to early reports.
Last year was the first year I ordered schincha. My order ended up taking 5-6 weeks to reach me. Though the tea was good, I was expecting a more obvious difference compared to sencha I had ordered before from the same vendor, and to this day I still do not know if it is because the tea suffered or lost in freshness on its way to me, or if it simply is that the difference is not huge to begin with. Hopefully this year's crop is good enough that I do not spend another year asking myself the same question...

My order is likely to be mostly composed of asamushi, as after a couple of years of trying different vendors and products for sencha, it seems it is what resonates the most with me.
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Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:17 pm

I made several purchases from Ocha and Sazen
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Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:56 am

Just noticed O-Cha has Yutaka and Sae Midori shincha posted online now, and Thes du Japón has quite a few more posted as well. Looking forward to ordering 2021 🍃
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Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:24 am

Here's few more:

https://yunomi.life/collections/japanes ... n-tea-2021

https://shop.ikkyu-tea.com/shincha-2021/

https://kagoshimatea.com/

for this one just go to list all products and you will see it on the left.
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Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:53 am

I just got some from https://www.hibiki-an.com/sp/index.php

Even bought a kyusu and cups as well. I am excited to try it out.
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Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:36 pm

Does anyone have any leads on vendors selling temomi shincha? I know it's a crapshoot, especially with the way 2020 and this year have been. I just got a gorgeous new kyusu and it deserves some really nice tea. :lol:
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Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:38 pm

I see Sazen Tea has several shincha available and is also taking pre-orders. Anyone tried their teas? A Japanese and Hungarian husband and wife team based in Kyoto.

@teaformeplease nothing yet that I know of yet.
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Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:45 pm

Sipping on Uogashi Meicha’s pan friend sencha that a friend brought to me from Japan a few years ago, and I see they have several shincha available now.
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Mon May 03, 2021 1:01 pm

https://www.o-cha.com/shincha/tsuyu-hikari-sencha

has this been offered before? kinda pricey at 0.614usd/g.
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