Matcha powdered green tea has been the price of Uji for several centuries. The Unjonotomo (Extra Thick Grade) is our super premium matcha made from shade-grown Tencha leaves. It is thick and sweet, with luxurious vegetal flavors that create an extraordinary beverage.
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We have always offered two very good Matchas, however Emeric Harney tasted this super premium Matcha on a trip to Uji. And now we are proud to offer it. It is thick and sweet and the vegetable flavors make for an extraordinary beverage.
Long ago, the only tea consumed as a beverage consisted of powdered tea mixed with hot water. It was at that time that the Japanese developed an affection for tea. Traditionally, Japanese aristocrats used matcha for their tea ceremony. It was only in the 1800's that Japanese commoners started to drink brewed tea like Sencha and Bancha. This ancient tea is made from a shade grown tea, the best coming from outside of Kyoto near the suburb of Uji. After harvest, the tea (called Tencha) is air-dried. The dry flakes are taken to a "clean" room filled with rotating millstones and everything is covered with green dust. After a full hour of grinding, each stone produces two ounces of dried Matcha.
This tea is made from a raw tea called Tencha from the best gardens in Uji. The leaves are air dried, then the dried flakes are ground between two stones, just like centuries ago. The result is a fine powder that is almost neon green.
The liquor is made by dissolving the tea powder into water. There is no brewing like with other teas. You drink the leaf! The liquor is very thick and frothy from the mixing. It is an opaque emerald color.
The aromas are of fresh honeydew melon sweetness over a base note of cooked spinach. This matcha comes from air dried teas, there are no notes of toastiness.
This special Matcha is thick and full of Umami.
This Matcha has intense flavors of cooked spinach and artichokes, followed by a bracing caffeine bite.