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Uji Matcha Taiko-San

Uji Matcha Taiko-San
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Shipping Weight
30.00 grams
Grown in
Year Harvested
Thick (Koicha)
Whisk needed?
Intense Green
Container Type
Re-sealable Round Metal Container
Net Wgt Grams
Servings Per Container
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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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Jakub Sadowski
Dec 2, 2014
Matcha Tea-Tasting Results (each cup had 1/4TSP Matcha+2oz Western Family Demineralized Water@68°C for each cup, and 1oz shot of warm honey-lemon-ginger tea from fresh ingredients as palate cleanser):
1) 6th Place, Tea Palace-Generic/Organic, $25/100g=$0.25/g, Flavour=2/5 Grit=5/5 Bitter=5/5
2) 4th Place (1st Place in Bang-for-Buck), O-Cha-Kaoru Supreme/Organic, $31/30g=$1.05/g, Flavour=3/5 Grit=4/5 Bitter=3/5
3) 5th Place, Jagasilk-Matcha Owl, $25/20g=$1.25/g, Flavour=3/5 Grit=3/5 Bitter=4/5
4) 3rd Place, Jagasilk-Matcha Eagle, $45/20g=$2.25/g, Flavour=3/5 Grit=3/5 Bitter=3/5
5) 1st Place, O-Cha-Uji Matcha Manten, $54/20g=$2.70/g, Flavour=5/5 Grit=1/5 Bitter=1/5
6) 2nd Place, O-Cha-Uji Matcha Taiko-San, $59/20g=$2.95/g, Flavour=5/5 Grit=1/5 Bitter=2/5, all judges agreed the bitterness resulted in a more "full bodied" Matcha taste but bitterness isn't something most were willing to reward

Advantages: Strong & vibrant flavour, very smooth

Disadvantages: Slight bitterness (this may be deliberate for connoisseurs, however I'm not one to pay extra for that)
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Susan Wilkes
Oct 20, 2014
I bought this tea a while ago, and it was my first taste of Matcha. It's safe to say that it was the best green tea I had ever tasted. So fresh and creamy. If you have any doubts about the taste of this tea, it really is exquisite! Even though it's a little pricey, when you work it out as around £1 per cup, to the price you would pay in a cafe... then I certainly think it's worth it. Plus, it's so so good for you, and you can't put a price on good health.

Advantages: The taste is pure, rich and creamy.

Disadvantages: Having it Shipped from Japan isn't exactly Eco-Friendly! :( But I cant resist to indulge in this Tea. It gives you an insight into the heritage of Japan with every cup! :)
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Jens Evensen
Sep 5, 2014
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I am not an tea expert but I drink green tea every day and have done so for many years. I love green tea from Japan! This matcha is in a class of its own. IMOH it is the best green tea I have tasted. A work af art.
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Ben Middleton
Apr 18, 2014
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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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