Futile quest

| 5 Comments

tea-rin.jpgLast summer's trendy drink was tea. There were at least a dozen new brands of cold tea in the convenience stores. Boutique teas--Chinese specialties, green teas, oolong tea--all unsweetened and refreshing on a summer day. This one, Rin, is a Chinese green tea scented with jasmine and herbs.

It's Tod's very favorite tea, ever. He loves it so much that he drinks two 2-liter bottles a week to keep him going through his long nights at work. The local liquor shop, Kashiwaya, faithfully stocked Rin for him all winter even though it's a summertime drink.

When they ran out of Rin last week, the clerks at Kashiwaya were very sympathetic, but there's nothing they can do; they can't get it anymore.

Asahi has stopped production and seems to be selling off their stock--their Rin webpage shows a dearth of container sizes. Tea is no longer the fashionable (and profitable) thirst quencher.

So my quest, and yours if you should choose, is to find the remaining 2-liter bottles of Rin. There must be some out there, gathering dust in the back corners of mom-and-pop liquor shops. If you see any, would you please let me know where they are?

5 Comments

These days lots of kind of tea are in the market. My elder daughter is a little bit clazy about "ココカラ" (pet-bottle)from SUNTORY. If you find it, please try.

There are other jasmine teas on the market that I really enjoy. He only likes this brand? There are a lot of jasmine flowers growing along the Kamo River here in Kyoto between Gojo and Shijo streets. They are very fragrant in spring.

Meiko: I've tried "kokokara" and it's quite tasty. I like the name, too. So much wordplay in it!

Nils: it's not just jasmine. There's something else in it-- almost cinnamon spicy. I'm not fond of straight jasmine tea, but I really enjoy Rin. Enjoyed. :-(

After reading this entry, I happened to notice that the convenience store in our company seems to have plenty of the 500 ml bottles, but no 2-liters, I'm afraid.

I hadn't tried Rin before, but bought a bottle just now to see what it was like. I can see (taste?) why you felt it was worth blogging about. ;-)

I bought this tea 3 weeks ago and it was fabulous. The Store is called Maruwa in San Francisco and they stock it you can call about it and have them shipped.

Gambatte!!

Leave a comment

Recent Comments

  • Maria Falco: I bought this tea 3 weeks ago and it was read more
  • Sako: After reading this entry, I happened to notice that the read more
  • kristen: Meiko: I've tried "kokokara" and it's quite tasty. I like read more
  • nils: There are other jasmine teas on the market that I read more
  • Mieko: These days lots of kind of tea are in the read more

Archives