On Friday 17, 2017 I was lucky enough to be invited to hear Oscar Brekell speak about Japanese green tea at the Ivy Room in Chicago. Been invited to these events since 2012. Always learn so much about various Japanese products like saki, sushi, and other Japanese delicacies.This time it was hearing Oscar Brekell, certified as a Nihoncha Japanese Tea Instructor, talk about Japanese green tea. Only 7 non-Japanese have this designation, so this was a true honor. He was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Oscar learned about Japanese green teas from planting to the final product of different Japanese green teas. Some of the green teas he mentioned are not exported, so the only way you know about them is to visit Japan.
I was also able to try a product that cost at least $250 a bottle (wine bottle size). It was tasty and well balanced.