O-Cha certainly has a thoroughfare to my wallet, as well. Thanks for the hit on Uji Matcha Kiku Mukashi - it's on my radar now. Have you tried Uji Matcha Manten also from O-Cha? Definitely a superb green experience. I mostly go to O-Cha for my Japanese greens and matcha, and Chicago Tea Garden and Norbu for oolongs and reds. Will have to see about tracking down a 'nose' for our oolong fragrance!
I used to worry that I'm like Toad of Toad Hall with my various obsessions, but I've come to embrace my essential geekiness. In no particular order I am obsessively enthusiastic about old Seiko watches, vintage Gillette razors (tracked down a 1914 Old Type after reading The Guns of August) and, yes, tea. Yunan Sourcing and O-cha.com have made/ruined me.
I tend to prefer the more robust Chinese greens to Japanese, but I might have to sell my soul for some more Uji Matcha Kiku Mukashi from O-cha. But I'm just learning as I go along. It's not a competition. Same as with scents. I like to use things, I'm not a collector.
Matthew Wild, the Duke of Buckingham
Very pleased to meet another tea affectionado...came to Basenotes out of curiosity about aromas and scents from having so much fun with tea - oolong, matcha, and sencha in particular.
Have you found basenotes and perfumes as addicting as tea collecting?
Carl aka Fhaoilgeal