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
- $40.20 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
- Katrina PenarandaSep 25, 2018, 02:09Ever since my first tea ceremony experience, I've wanted to get my hands on the best matcha just to see the difference. Seeing the reviews for the taiko san, I took the plunge to try this matcha even though this isnt normally what I get with my budget.
My verdict: This matcha IS the best matcha I've ever tasted. It is simply no comparison with the previous matchas I've bought. From the moment I've opened it, the grassy vegetable smell is intense and I cannot stop admiring that wonderful shade of green. I didnt taste a hint of bitterness whatsoever and the sweet grassy taste lingers a bit. It froths so well when whisking for usucha. I recommend going for koicha since this brings out the best experience for its intense flavor. Its just sooo good I'm totally in love.
Now that I've gotten a taste, I doubt I'm going to enjoy different matchas as much as I have with taiko san. Maybe I'll consider getting the manten next to compare the two. The bar is set that high.
The quality is indeed worth the price. Not too practical if you're going for teas to consume regularly though I'll probably get this in times I need to spoil myself.
- Stanislav GálfyMar 1, 2018, 06:19Taste and smell of this matcha are absolutely exquisite, yet most off all i appreciate its almost instant effects - this tea is a liquid calmness.
- Shaun SiaSep 28, 2017, 00:03Very expensive (most expensive so far I have tried) but worth it definitely, the quality speaks for itself.
- RASep 25, 2017, 20:47Absolutely outstanding. In my time I have had many matcha teas but this one is just simply the best I have ever come across. Not cheap for sure but we are talking here of a matcha as good as it gets. Thank you very much for keeping this matcha in stock.
- NYCTeaAug 29, 2017, 07:23Wow, incredible matcha -- a feast for all of the senses. Beautifully vibrant color and apple-y, grassy flavor. Just reordered.
- Andrew McmahonAug 6, 2017, 22:35By far the best matcha I have tried. Wasn't bitter at all slightly sweet with a nice smooth umami taste.
- NJul 14, 2017, 01:19You won't be able to have other so-called "ceremonial" matcha anymore. Great packaging and robust matcha that is truly top quality.
- Happy DogMay 17, 2017, 08:37The best of the best. I have been consuming a couple tins of the and the Matcha Manten a month for years.
- Feb 21, 2022, 02:59
Can you list the cultivars please?Feb 21, 2022, 15:21
The grower of this exquisite matcha does not give the exact cultivars he is using for it.
- Mar 18, 2019, 06:28
Hi is the 2019 Taiko-san available yet?
And I'm sure there is preference involved but in comparison to ippodo
Would you consider this product superior?Mar 18, 2019, 10:02
Matcha isn’t typically released until the fall of any year. I mean, you might find it earlier than fall but the best is not released until then. So we’re talking September-October before 2019 Taiko is released.
All I can say is that Taiko, and also Manten, just might be two of the best matcha on the planet.
- May 15, 2016, 23:50
Do you have 2016 stock for matcha taiko-san?May 16, 2016, 01:58
Not yet. Matcha (and gyokuro) taste best when they are aged for about 3-4 months, which is why they are usually released in the fall.