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Matcha from Uji-Shirakawa, Asahi cultivar

Type of tea : Matcha
Origin : Shirakawa area, Uji City, Kyôto Prefecture
Cultivar : Asahi
Harvest : May 2018, handpicked
Matcha from Uji-Shirakawa, Asahi cultivar

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Located in Uji, Shirakawa is a small zone famous for producing gyokuro, but the highly noted winner of many awards, Tsuji Kiyoharu, has also given this area a name for matcha.
This talented producer uses only organic fertilizers, and limits use of pesticides to a minimum, which does not prevent him from producing high-quality matchas, handpicked from unpruned tea trees.
This luxurious shaded tea cultivar, Asahi, which used to be employed for tencha (the raw material for matcha) won first place in the national competition again this year. It is thus a matcha of the finest quality. The plantation was shaded according to the traditional technique known as “honzu.” This involves covering the plants with several layers of straw, which requires very special know-how and is extremely rare today.
This exceptional matcha delivers powerful, sweet, creamy, very slightly chocolaty fragrances.
In this mouth, this tea is incredibly velvety and delicate. Very mellow, with aromas of egg custard and vanilla; it has body, but remains completely subtle, very unctuous.
A matcha with no bitterness, very rich, so sweet and velvety that it just slips down.

For usu-cha or koi-cha

Further details

Video : How to prepare 'usu-cha' matcha

Steeping method
  • Quantity of matcha: 2 g
  • Quantity of water: 60 ml
  • Water temperature: 80°C
  • Preparation advice: Start by rubbing the bottom of the bowl strongly but slowly with the chasen (bamboo whip) to make sure the matcha melts into the hot water and does not form lumps. Next, holding the chasen loosely between the thumb, index finger and big finger, beat the liquid very strongly. The movement should come from the shoulder and elbow rather than from the wrist. Finally, when enough foam has formed on the surface, beat at medium speed to produce finer bubbles.

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Matcha from Uji-Shirakawa, Asahi cultivar

USD $42.67  / 20g

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