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Japanese Matcha #1

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GTIN: 0633131642094

Price: £18.00

Flavour profile: Rich and tasty deep green tea flavour with a balanced taste, sweetness up front and vegetal bite to finish. Lovely aroma.
Strength: 4/5, Astringency: 3/5, Sweetness: 3/5
Appearance: Vibrant fine green  powder, slowly stone-milled showing its top quality. Opening the pouch releases a fresh sweet green tea aroma.
Origin: Uji, Kyoto, Japan. Cultivar: Blend
Latest Batch Stone-Ground: November 2017

Background: We are pleased to bring back our original Matcha #1 that we first sold way back in 2008! It was always a strong seller and popular tea, bringing great quality at an attractive price. It also won Gold stars both times we entered it into competition.

Ideally suited to being drunk as 'usucha' matcha (thin tea) but also good enough to drink as 'Koicha' (thick tea) if you can handle a bit of bite! This matcha tea is made from a blend of different cultivars by a specialist Matcha factory located in Uji in Kyoto. This is a prime tea growing region home to much of Japans high quality Matcha production.

The tea-leaves are shaded for the last few weeks before plucking, sweetening and enriching the flavour. The stems and major leaf veins  are removed resulting in tencha leaf that is then slowly ground by stone milling. This careful grinding preserves flavour and nutrients, and takes approximately one hour to grind 40g of this super tea.

Matcha tea is packed with antioxidants from polyphenols and catchetins in the leaf and is reputed to have many health benefits. Drinking a bowl of this luxurious tea elevates mind and spirit without coffee's caffeine jitters. Matcha's history originates from Zen Buddhist monks in China who used the tea to aid meditation almost 1000 years ago. It was then taken to Japan a few centuries later where it became an art-form of great cultural significance.

How to make it: Ideally use one of our Chasen (bamboo whisks) and a Chawan (tea bowl) using 1g (1/2 level teaspoon) and about 40ml cold water. Gently mix into a paste, then vigorously whisk using M shape movements until a light frothy head appears and slow to finsh, lifting the whisk into the head and breaking up larger bubbles gently (about 30seconds). Add another 100-160ml of hot (but not boiling) water to taste, then slurp greedily and enjoy the calming yet awakening effects!

It is also fantastic iced in summer. Try shaking in an ice-cold 500ml plastic water bottle. Decant half the water, add 1-2grams (1 level teaspoon +) matcha, put the lid on and shake vigorously for 30seconds. Pour the ice-cold decanted water back in, and enjoy.


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Reviewer: Joel Kobjoll from Madrid   5 Stars
Great matcha, i have tried a few matcha sorts by now and different price ranges, this new Matcha Okumidori in particular is really balanced! Dont hesitate its a great product :)

Reviewer: Kit from England   5 Stars
Fantastic Matcha. Don't be put off by the cheap price, this Matcha from Tiptoptea is far better than other more expensive ones I've tried. Great flavour and very re vitalising. Thanks for this wonderful treat Duncan and team!!

Reviewer: James Clapp from Faversham   5 Stars
An excellent matcha! Great colour and taste. Would probably last ages in the fridge - can't confirm this as I have drunk it all too quickly. Reordered - looking forward to another speedy delivery!

Reviewer: A tea lover from UK   5 Stars
Fantastic quality matcha. With its stunning bright green colour, this is truly a treat for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. Easy to prepare, pleasant taste, and keeps well for a couple of months. Matcha is renowned for its tremendous antioxident content and when you drink this wonderful green brew, you can tell that it is doing you a lot of good. Highly recommended!

Reviewer: Philip from Plymouth   5 Stars
I am simply blown away by the quality of this matcha. The balance of flavours is rich, slightly sweet and lingers most pleasantly on the tongue for a long time after the last delicious sip. It is very well milled and ground and if sieved does not form clumps in the chawan at all. Highly recommended.

Reviewer: Elizabeth from Bristol   5 Stars
This is the best matcha tea going for the money. Having tried many different suppliers I now place a regular order for this one. The other matchas I've tried were either bitter or similar but much more expensive. This tea has a smooth, almost milky flavour. It can be quite filling so takes the edge off the odd 11am hunger. I very highly recommend this Japanese Matcha No. 1!