Victoria wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:03 pm
Does anyone know if tea tasting / sampling is an option at Thes du Japon store in Tokyo?
I don’t know if Thes du Japon has sample tastings but you honestly could not go wrong. @Bok
, I have yet to have a tea from them that was less than exceptional. The kama-iri chas, senchas, and gyokuros are every bit as fascinating as higher end Taiwanese teas.
I think you may find the kama-iri chas more interesting than his gyokuros, based upon your preferences for Taiwanese teas. These are Japanese teas made in the Chinese style. His Fuji Kaori kama-iri was a mind opening experience to me since I thought Japanese teas were boring 3 note affairs: umami, something green, and some kind of citrus. This kama-iri was nothing like that: sweet confections and crushed cherry leaf.
His Yabukita cultivar kama-iri is strange in a way that only a true enthusiast would appreciate because it has sucha strong animal presence: smoked peat, salt, musk, and broiled scallops. I like it so much I just ordered more,
Like, I said, I don’t think you could go wrong with any of his teas. And it certainly helps that his descriptions are incredibly accurate. If you like the way something is described, you can guarantee that’s what you’ll get.