Taiko-San Uji Matcha

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Score: 5.00. Votes: 14

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

  • $51.30 USD
  • Weight
    80 g
  • SKU
  • Grown in
  • Year
  • Aroma
  • Color
    Intense Green
  • Type
  • Container
    Re-sealable Round Metal Container
  • Net Wgt
    30 grams
  • Servings Per Container
  • Whisk
    48 prong koicha whisk
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  • Jonathan Sherman
    Mar 26, 2017, 07:07
    WOW. The package arrived today and I brought it into a very good local tea shop where I usually buy my Matcha. A worker called the owner to the store front and he was so astonished at the Taiko-San that he gave me 20g of their ceremonial grade Matcha Miyabi for free. I then suggested we compare the Taiko-San to the Matcha Miyabi the owner gave me by preparing them Koicha style. The owner was delighted and i had him taste both Koichas first. He told me that the Taiko-San was the best he ever had and that it blew the Miyabi away. I drank the rest and it is truly a treat. Close to no bitterness at all- just grassy, clear, and smooth with a sweet and very pleasant aroma. The packaging is also great. My local tea shop and myself highly recommend! Can't wait to try Manten next!
  • John Priestley II
    Mar 22, 2017, 02:09
    Ocha.com never fails to offer only the finest green tea available. I found it difficult to believe that a better matcha than Manten could exist. Taikosan was touted as being superior, and the advertisement was absolutely true. It is the best I have ever enjoyed! It turns into delicious, jade froth when prepared by an experienced hand. The taste and aroma are unique, with a pleasant, lingering flavor on the tongue. If you desire to raise your matcha game to new heights, you must try Taikosan (when available).
  • Robin Dao
    Feb 6, 2017, 06:02
    I've been buying this specific matcha tea for the last 2 years and it's amazing. Nothing has compared to this caliber of matcha tea. Do it! Buy it! Do it now, prepare to be spoiled and never buy any other matcha tea because they don't compare to this one.
  • Tim H
    Apr 6, 2016, 21:13
    Quite easily the best matcha i have ever tasted! This stuff is on another level and blew my mind! Epic flavour.
  • Hee@@@@
    Apr 2, 2016, 08:08
    Fast delivery ...this matcha is Very smooth n no bitter taste ...one of the best I ever tasted ... Worth every penny
  • John Lebel
    Mar 21, 2016, 22:32
    A superb matcha! Worth the money and the customer service was great--I'll be reordering from O-cha!
  • Jakub Sadowski
    Dec 2, 2014, 12:00
    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): 6th Place, Tea Palace-Generic/Organic, $25/100g=$0.25/g, Flavour=2/5 Grit=5/5 Bitter=5/5 5th Place, Jagasilk-Matcha Owl, $25/20g=$1.25/g, Flavour=3/5 Grit=3/5 Bitter=4/5 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 3rd Place, Jagasilk-Matcha Eagle, $45/20g=$2.25/g, Flavour=3/5 Grit=3/5 Bitter=3/5 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 1st Place, O-Cha-Uji Matcha Manten, $54/20g=$2.70/g, Flavour=5/5 Grit=1/5 Bitter=1/5 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)
  • Susan Wilkes
    Oct 20, 2014, 17:20
    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! :)

Product questions

  • Amanda C
    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.

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