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        Koicha 48 Prong Tea Whisk

        This 48 prong matcha whisk is handmade in Japan especially for thick style koicha matcha. Not to be confused with imports from China, this authentic hand-made tea whisk is made in Nara Prefecture. There are over 120 different types of Nara tea whisks, with the type of material, shape and number of splines varying according to the school of tea, and also on the kind of matcha to be used.

        Note: This while you could use this whisk for other types of matcha, it was designed for use with thick "koicha" matcha. For general matcha brewing, we recommend this tea whisk instead.

        About our bamboo tea whisk suppler (view detailed images) - Our whisks are made by the Kubo family located near Nara Japan. You can see them in action on this well made YouTube video making whisks here:

        Differences between Japanese and Chinese tea whisks... The vast majority of tea whisks encountered on the market are copies made in China, not Japan. There is almost no market for matcha whisks within China itself, nearly all are exported abroad and surprisingly, even to Japan.

        Japanese craftsmen start the whisk making process using a sharp knife to chip the end of the bamboo, giving it a clean sharp break, whereas in China it  tends to be done with a file. Because of this, the tip of the whisk prongs of Japanese whisks are known to last longer.

        The bamboo used in Japanese whisks is superior and is dried for well over a year before use, no fungicides are used when producing Nara tea whisks. A real Japanese whisk will cost 2 or 3 times more than a Chinese whisk, naturally. It certainly is possible to make matcha with a Chinese made whisk but for long term reliability, we recommend that you invest in the real deal.

        4.9
        Score: 4.9 (votes: 9)
        Reviews: 8
        • ¥4,000 JPY
        • 40   – Reward points
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        • A Tsuen Tea!
        • Rare!

            Uji Matcha Manten

            Introducing Uji Matcha Manten, an unparalleled matcha offering that stands as the epitome of excellence in the world of matcha. Since its debut on O-Cha.com in the mid-2000s, Uji Matcha Manten has been a coveted treasure previously unavailable outside of Japan and remains an exclusive online offering through our site.

            Upon experiencing this matcha, you'll be captivated by its intensely aromatic nature—the first hint of its superior quality. Sourced from a grower in Uji with a very limited production, this matcha is a rarity, supplied mainly to the local market. The availability of Manten is sporadic, making each batch a precious find.

            The grower, a renowned figure in the Uji tea community and an accomplished author on the cultivation of Tencha (the precursor to matcha), has won numerous awards from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. His meticulous care and traditional methods ensure that Manten offers a unique taste profile that is unmatched, often chosen by tea ceremony instructors who demand only the best.

            Manten is ideally suited for koicha (thick matcha), which is sweeter and milder than the more common usucha (thin matcha). This exquisite quality is derived from tea plants that are at least 30 years old, necessary for achieving the less bitter, profoundly rich flavor required for koicha. While Manten can be prepared as usucha, its exceptional properties are best expressed when served thick.

            Each 30-gram package of Uji Matcha Manten offers a chance to indulge in a matcha experience that transcends ordinary. 

            For those preparing it as koicha, consider pairing it with a specialized 48 prong tea whisk designed for this luxurious thick style matcha.

            4.9
            Score: 4.9 (votes: 30)
            Reviews: 27
            • ¥5,800 JPY
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            • A Tsuen Tea!
            • Rare!

                Uji Matcha Taiko-San

                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 Uji Matcha Taiko-San 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! Until O-Cha.com obtained this gem from Japan's oldest teashop, this matcha had never been sold outside of Japan.

                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.

                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

                5.0
                Score: 5.0 (votes: 26)
                Reviews: 22
                • ¥6,200 JPY
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                • High Theanine!
                • Popular!

                    Uji Matcha Chiyo Mukashi

                    Discover Matcha "Chiyo Mukashi" - one of our finest offerings at O-Cha.com, renowned for its exceptional quality and versatility. This matcha strikes a perfect balance between thick (koicha) and thin (usucha) consistencies, allowing it to be prepared in either style to suit your preference. Whether you're engaging in a traditional tea ceremony or seeking a potent source of antioxidants, "Chiyo Mukashi" is an excellent choice.

                    As with all our products, this matcha is guaranteed fresh. We order it as needed to ensure that what you receive has not lingered on shelves but is vibrant and full of flavor. Cultivated in the prestigious tea fields of Uji, known for producing some of the best matchas in the world, "Chiyo Mukashi" is kept under refrigeration right up to shipment, maintaining its quality and freshness.

                    Available in 30-gram packages, Matcha "Chiyo Mukashi" is ideally portioned for both daily enjoyment and special occasions. Experience the smooth, rich flavors of a truly superior matcha, crafted with care and expertise.

                    4.9
                    Score: 4.9 (votes: 18)
                    Reviews: 15
                    • ¥3,800 JPY
                    • 38   – Reward points
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                    • Rare!
                    • Unique!

                        Kawane Wa-Kōcha

                        Discover the unique delight of Kawane Wa-Kōcha, a premium Japanese Black Tea from the renowned green tea region of Kawane town (川根町) in Shizuoka Prefecture. While Kawane is primarily celebrated for its green teas, it also boasts a distinguished tradition of black tea production. This exquisite black tea, crafted by a venerated company established in the early Meiji period (circa 1875), is blended by a 73-year-old tea master using traditional techniques reminiscent of Darjeeling but with a distinctive Japanese flair.

                        Kawane Wa-Kōcha beautifully marries the aromatic nuances of Darjeeling and Ceylon teas, offering a robust aroma, smooth flavor, and subtle Japanese sweetness. It is versatile enough to be enjoyed plain or enhanced with milk and sugar, particularly on the last infusion. The tea utilizes a blend of Zairai and Benifuki clones, and uniquely combines leaves from both the first and second harvests—a practice that enhances its bold flavor, setting it apart from typical Japanese black teas.

                        For optimal enjoyment, bring fresh water to near boiling and steep two teaspoons per 8 ounces of water for 3 to 4 minutes.

                        Consider this exceptional Kawane Wa-Kōcha as a rare addition to your tea collection—perfect for those who appreciate the richness of black teas alongside the freshness of Japanese greens.

                        Package includes 100 grams of this high-quality Japanese black tea.

                        5.0
                        Score: 5.0 (votes: 8)
                        Reviews: 7
                        • ¥1,800 JPY
                        • 18   – Reward points
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