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Uji Matcha Taiko-San

Uji Matcha Taiko-San
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SKU
16566
Shipping Weight
30.00 grams
Grown in
Uji
Year Harvested
2014
Organic
No
Type
Thick (Koicha)
Whisk needed?
Yes
Color
Intense Green
Aroma
Intense
Container Type
Re-sealable Round Metal Container
Net Wgt Grams
30
Servings Per Container
10
Our price:
$54.15
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We didn't think we would ever be able to offer another matcha comparable to the famous Manten we currently carry; yet it has come to pass! Like Manten, we realize this is an expensive matcha and we make no bones about it - this is about as an exclusive matcha as you will ever find. If you are in search of the absolute best matcha available anywhere, however, then your search is over! This matcha has never been sold outside of Japan, until now.

A few words about this item...

The farm where Taiko-San is grown is known as "Taikou-tsutsumi" and is located not too far from our supplier Tsuen tea's shop in Uji Japan. The area is both a tea farm as well as an archaeological site. The matcha is produced in this small field by the river beside an ancient levee, which is being studied for its construction methods. The grower, Mr. Fukui, farms several strains of tea in this plot and he adjusts the blend every year according to the plants condition to create the specific flavor. As with Manten, the plot is small and the yield is limited.

This handpicked tea has an abundance of umami, which has been described by Tsuen as sweet with a hint of bitter and having a fresh green smell. The color is a rich and dark, very intense green froth. Compared with Manten, this matcha has a more masculine taste. Again, the grower has an extremely small production, and is currently supplying only the local market with this grade so the supply is extremely limited. O-Cha.com will have this item in stock as supplies are available, which may be very hit and miss. Because of limited space and the age of the tea plants used for this item the grower will never be able to increase his production. There is no competition for this grade - this is a connoisseur's class matcha. As with matcha Manten, O-Cha.com is the first to carry this matcha outside of Japan. Koicha (matcha which can be made thick) is sweeter, milder tasting than usucha (the normal matcha which is made in a thinner consistency). Because twice the amount of tea powder is used to make a thicker tea, a milder, less bitter product is required. While you can brew a thick matcha in the normal "thin" manner, the opposite is not true and there are really very few matcha green teas which one can make a true thick style matcha. Taiko-san, along with Manten, however, is one of those.

Note: If you wish to brew this in a thick manner, you may want to consider obtaining a tea whisk made especially for koicha.

Net Weight 30gm

 
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4 Most recent customer reviews (see all reviews):
Ben Middleton
Apr 18, 2014
Verified O-Cha.com Customer Purchase...
Having only recently discovered matcha this was my first experience of truly high-end tea and I have to say I was certainly not disappointed - this is nothing short of fantastic. I've now ordered some Manten to compare and can see myself settling on one or both as the 'only one for me'. I feel brighter and more energised throughout the day, just from one cup of thin tea first thing in the morning. Highly recommended.

Advantages: It's fantastic!

Disadvantages: anything else (barring perhaps Manten) will seem a come-down by comparison...
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Alen Z
Feb 9, 2014
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I am intrigued as to how this matcha can be made ‘just’ by growing, picking and grinding tea leafs - prepared as koicha it tastes amazing, overwhelming umami. As usucha taste is very rewarding as well, no competition. I am letting myself go with this order, preparing matcha both thin and thick and I am having matcha 3 times a day. Heaven. It will take time to accept standard matcha for anything more than excellent latte material, I am considering to make this my daily matcha and let go of the rest (yet to calculate impact on finances). Spectacular matcha.
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Jeffrey Trommater
Jan 26, 2014
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I am going to give a straight forward review of this product and save the poetic "one sniff of this Matcha reminds me of an old ancient Koan" reviews for the more creative. Long story short this is the best Matcha you will get for your money. If you are someone who truly cares about quality then this tea will surpass your expectations. I have prepared it in both the thin and thick styles and either in my humble opinion is acceptable for this tea. If Matcha is new to you then you may not appreciate this as much as others who drink it on a regular daily basis. But for the die-hard Matcha drinkers out there you will 100% notice on the first sip this is the best quality out there. Matcha enthusiasts: don't let this one pass you by. Bust out the wallet and order a tin, you will be more than satisfied.

Advantages: Completely as advertised. Rare, extremely high quality matcha.

Disadvantages: None. Completely worth every dollar.
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ADaM
Jan 8, 2014
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I remember years back, cracking open that first can of Manten, and being inundated with a plethora of, "Oh my...... This just shattered the paradigm." Everything i thought i knew about matcha, did not register in my cerebral cortex. It was like the first time i went from driving an old 75cc dirt bike, and made the jump to a 600 sport bike. Where was this experience my whole life, how has this managed to elude my grasp???

The Taiko-San manages to keep the momentum going where the Manten's powdered remnants left off, and sorta veers off into another direction. Initial opening of the package was nerve racking since im clumsy. At first glance, it was this malachite glow with the black can as a backdrop. Almost came across as a ravers glow stick. Now my, not so trusty olfactory nerve is not as keen as most, but i best relate it to being at a vegetable stand that is teeming with freshly picked kale, chard, and spinach. The deeper your breathes get, and the more attention you focus on your inhales, the aroma tones become toasty and sweet.

Preheated matcha bowl. Sifted four grams of powder. After preheating, heated 2 ounces of Pure Swiss water to around 170 degrees F. Poured in an ounce and got to work, whisking with my 48 prong, koicha chasen. As soon as i got to the consistency of honey, pouring out of the nozzle of the plastic shaped bear, i took a deep breath, said a little thanks, because reverence is trendy, and went for the kill….

Ill start off with more esoteric terms since that is how i predominantly judge all that is momentous, since emotions are attatched at the hip of your palate. The two sips that were taken around 10 seconds apart reveal just how focused and determined this tea is, yet is not even close to being one dimensional by any means. It is more aggresive than the Manten, while the energy seems to permeate your third eye instead of the crown. The physical body was not incapacitated yet not eager to do anything extraneous. It just wanted your full, undivided attention. Pay attention, and your daily enlightenment is encapsulated, right within your presence, just sign here next to the X, and the package is yours.

Flavors touch every section of the tongue, settling on the mid and rear, yet graciously coming around the front for a nice, soft, introduction. Zero bitterness, with an incredible balance off sweetness and heavy cream. Like a mild lemon merengue or key lime pie, except healthier. It would be impossible not to take some sort of significance or introspection away from a warm bowl of this gift from the elements. Right now the price for this tea is hovering at around 54 and change. A steal.......

Advantages: Everything under the sun

Disadvantages: It is koicha or bust with this. Even though not cheap, it should be used fairly quickly once opened since the flavor profile will change rapidly so using it as an everyday tea, finishing it off, than subsequently reverting back to an "every day" priced, lower grade matcha, might be rather depressing for some
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