Your level of drinking mild introductory economy teas? You can get better matchas than this without importing.
You're going off on a tangent here. The guy responded to the accusation of being a MD drinker by touting the healthier Lipton Diet Green Tea, so I was showing him what a quality healthy green tea product looks like. It had zero do with price or tea sophistication. If drinking one of the milder "beginner " and "economy" tea makes me not high up is the tea drinker hierarchy , I think I'll be able avoid slitting my wrists in shame. In fact my favorite teas are the ones that taste closer to kool aid than grass such as the Rishi peach oolong that's one of my favs.
I could care less about tea and it's ceremonies. I drink it for health reasons and since the matcha taste closer to grass, I prefer a mild one. Even though, I still seek out a quality one after my initial introduction to matcha by the a Republic of Tea brand which was some terrible stuff that comes in an army green color. You're not going to argue that the Kaoru isn't one of the highest rates matchas and very high quality!?
At least you were able to call me out on my "introductory" tea, because it's pretty obviously I can't afford any of the expensive expert teas. Maybe one day I'll be able to save up a few hundreds dollars to afford such extravagances!
Another angle you might have missed is the amount of heavy metals being found in many teas and supplements, especially originating from China. The brand I buy is one of the ones independently tested by many labs to have very safe levels, so that's another reson I buy and import that particular brand.