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Today is the day. After years of tension and conflict- of bitter partisan strife, of hatred, of prejudice, of struggle- at long last the time has come to settle the score on what is arguably one of the toughest issues facing the Japanese snack food community today. I shall not rehash the details of this age-old debate; the ugliness of the past is well known and needn't be dredged up on this day of reckoning.

Today the conflict comes to an end; today we shall have an answer.

In the interest of full disclosure let it be known that in my younger years, I was a true believer in the superiority of the bottle. Itoen's "Ooi ocha" was my portable beverage of choice, and I simply could not believe that anything packaged in a puny can could offer a more satisfying beverage experience. It seemed to me that a metal can was simply the wrong vessel for chilled tea, and so I limited myself to plastic bottles, snubbing otherwise interesting canned teas due to their packaging.

However, despite my prejudice, today when I came across a can of Itoen's canned "Sencha Shot" my curiosity proved too strong, especially after I noted that the ingredients of this tea were identical to those of my beloved Ooi ocha. A taste test was clearly in order.

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Despite the differences in packaging, both teas share the same bitter, full-bodied taste and rich aroma. Both are refreshing, stimulating, and true to the flavor of sencha. Although Ooi ocha contains approximately twice the volume of tea as Sencha Shot, the canned tea has 10% more vitamin C.

Though I will continue to drink Ooi ocha on a regular basis, today I learned to put my prejudice aside in the name of deliciousness and learned that no matter how it is served, delicious tea is delicious tea. Friends, let us open our hearts and minds to the many varieties of drink the Japanese beverage aisle offers and enter a new era, one marred not by conflict, but marked by earthy, aromatic understanding.

The verdict: 4.9/5 for both teas


Jul. 8th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
I agree.


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