Uji Matcha Manten
Expensive? Yes, it is. However, if you are in search of the absolute best matcha available anywhere, online or off, your search is over! Until we started carrying Uji Matcha Manten back in the mid 2000's, this product had never been sold outside of Japan and it is still offered online exclusively by O-Cha.com. A few words about this item...
The first thing you will notice about this matcha is its wonderful aroma. Extremely aromatic!
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 will can 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.
The typical customer in Japan who purchases this matcha are the tea ceremony instructors - because they know it to be the best.
In the Uji area where this tea is grown, the grower is well known and has written a book on the art of growing Tencha (the tea leaves from which matcha is derived.) He has won numerous awards for his Tencha from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The taste of Manten is very distinctive and there is no competition for this grade - this is a connoisseur's class matcha. O-Cha.com is the first to carry this matcha outside of Japan. Koi-cha (matcha which is served thick) is sweeter, more milder tasting than regular usucha. Because twice the amount of matcha powder is used to make a thicker consistency, a milder, less bitter product is required, and this usually comes from plants that are at least 30 years old. 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 think style matcha. 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 30 grams
- $37.52 USD
- Shipping Weight80 g
- Grown inUji
- ColorIntense Green
- ContainerRe-sealable Round Metal Container
- Net Wgt30 grams
- Servings Per Container8-10
- Whisk Type48 prong koicha whisk
- Jared EllerbrockMay 17, 2019, 07:29Elegant taste, vibrant green color. Extremely smooth. Not as deep of a flavor or lingering finish as some other matcha, but very nice. Not sure if price is worth it.
- Matthew Amster-BurtonJun 27, 2018, 07:42Wondering, like I did for a long time, whether this could possible be worth the price? It is. Easy. Probably the highlight of any week you drink it.
- AleksNov 7, 2017, 20:16Absolutely the best matcha I've ever tasted, no contest. The brew is so green it, in my eyes, almost leans towards the turquoise end of the spectrum. I had a tin of Midori Spring Emerald class matcha, which I made side by side for comparison (and out of greed :). The colour of the Manten eclipses the Emerald completely, making it look yellowy-grey by comparison and the flavours are so complex they go beyond my powers of description. Would recommend to any matcha lover to try at least once!
- NYCTeaSep 23, 2017, 02:30Very lovely. Still prefer the Taiko-San Uji Matcha, but this is another delightful matcha.
- Edward WollmanJun 28, 2017, 08:25I slowly worked my way up to Uji Matcha Manten. And there I stopped. I will skip the detailed descriptive analyses and simply say it starts my day, everyday. So very good. What a find.
- Happy DogMay 17, 2017, 08:40The best of the best! I have been consuming two tins of this and the Taiko San for years.
- AaronMar 28, 2017, 14:44Wonderful flavour, beautiful colour. A treat to prepare and to enjoy.
- sinlin tangJun 11, 2016, 01:32When I first opened the bag, I was wowed by the color. I didn't think I could get this bright color from matcha because I had bought a $30 matcha here in the US and it's ranged as the best... After I tried this one, I know I can never go back to the convenient pick up $30 one at the market anymore. I will just wait a little while for it to ship to me then :)
- Jan 27, 2020, 14:26
Hi, considering this matcha purchase and wondering if time of year is a consideration. Should I wait until new spring teas start coming available, or is it less of a factor in this case? Any information is appreciated.
JamesJan 27, 2020, 16:24
You do not have to really consider the time of year as this matcha, like all of the best matcha, is aged before it's released. In other words, it is not released within the first few months of the spring harvest and the quality of our stock is consistent throughout the year.