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Any Yamamotoyama/Green tea experts?

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venividibitchy Aug 26, 2010 11:39 AM

Hi folks,

I've recently gotten into drinking tea, and after a bit of experimentation, I'm starting to figure out my preferences.

Yamamotoyama is my favorite green tea so far -- and I want to find more brands like it to try.

I do like specialty green teas like genmaicha and bancha, but I've had no trouble finding quality versions of those. It's the savory, grassy, vegetal, all-purpose green tea that I'm looking for -- an intense version of Yamamotoyama. Loose or bagged, either's fine. Something I could find at the local Asian supermarket would be ideal, but I'd consider buying it online.

I've tried Choice brand (tastes like genmaicha-Lite to me), Numi's Gunpowder (refreshing, but too "minty" and crisp), and Prince of Peace's standard green (closer to Yamamotoyama than previous contender but still too minty).

Any suggestions on what brands/styles I should be looking for? Does anyone else prefer the same flavor from their green tea? Should I try sencha next? Will gyokuro be too light?

What are "real" Asians drinking?

Help greatly appreciated-

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