Just got my order from Hibiki-an today. Six 100 gm bags of the Sencha Superior and two 100 gm bags of Houjicha. They arrived in their usual paper bag, I don't know why but they always ship their tea,s in just a paper bag. Fine by me. I cant overstate the quality customer service Ive always experienced ordering from them for the past couple of years. The tea,s are always fresh (Hibiki-an is a tea farm in Uji) they grow, package and sell their own tea,s. Shipping is free with a minimum order of $35.00. The Sencha Superior is an excellent everyday tea. 200 gm,s price is $28.00, that's almost a 1/4 lb. of fresh tea for a fraction of the cost of most other vendors. The tea brews a golden green cup of veggie goodness. The Sencha Superior is presented as an everyday, affordable, high quality Sencha. Ive never had another Sencha in this price range that is this good. The aroma of good Sencha always reminds me of popcorn. But maybe that,s just me.
I follow Hibiki-an,s brewing advice, for 200 ml. of 175 degree water you need about 8 gm,s of tea. That's about 1&1/2 to 2 Tab. And brewing time for the first infusion I go for 1&1/2 minutes, the second pot I just pour the water in and right back out again.
As the tea,s are packed in nitrogen flushed bags they can be stored in the fridge to prolong the shelf life (un-opened bags) when ready to use take the bag out of the fridge but don't open it right away because the inside of the bag will form condensation. Let it come to room temp. and then open it. I use a large Tupperware container to store all the un-opened bags in the fridge. That way if anything were to spill in the fridge they wont get wet.
Hibiki-an offers a wide range of traditional Japanese tea,s at all price points. The Sencha Superior is my favorite for a satisfying Sencha at a good price.