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Imperial Matcha
Imperial Matcha
Imperial Matcha
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Imperial Matcha

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A fine ceremonial-grade matcha organically grown in the hills above Kagoshima bay. Rounded and full-bodied, it makes a smooth, creamy tea with umami-rich notes of sweet summer grass, sugar snap peas and kelp.

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TEA TYPE

Green Tea

Season

Seasonal harvest

Taste Profile

Umami-rich sugar snap peas,
cut grass and kelp

Origin

Kagoshima, Japan

Food Pairing

Seafood, sushi, roasted root
vegetables, white chocolate

Imperial Matcha, Japan

Matcha is a uniquely Japanese style of tea. It is distinct from other teas by the fact that you drink the whole leaf, not just an infusion. Packed with nutrients and caffeine, we like it best in the mornings as a powerful green tea 'espresso'.

The special care and attention needed to create matcha starts in the field. The bushes are shaded in the weeks before harvest to create thinner leaves with increased theanine levels and more pronounced sweet, vegetable-like flavours. As soon as they are picked, the leaves are steamed and dried before the stems and veins are carefully removed. Now known as Tencha, the de-veined leaves are carefully stone ground into a fine powder, giving us all the intense flavour and natural goodness inherent in the leaf. Our organic ceremonial matcha is a vibrant emerald-green colour that whisks into a creamy, richly-flavoured tea with a long lasting foam.

Kagoshima lies in the south of Kyūshū, the most southwesterly of Japan's main islands. With its dramatic hills, lush plains and pristine Pacific coastline, it's a truly stunning region, one famed for it deep bay and active volcano Sakurajima. Away from the bay, the land turns hilly, which is where this tea was grown, in the verdant, misty slopes of Kirishima. We tried many ceremonial matchas, but this example really impressed us with its richness and colour. The organically grown tea leaves are gently stone-ground by two award-winning 'Chashi' (tea masters), experts in preparing and blending green teas. 

Their skill in capturing all the flavour and vibrancy of the tea leaves in the fine matcha powder is what makes this a true ceremonial grade example. 

  • LEAF APPEARANCE:

    Emerald-green powder
  • AROMA:

    Fresh-cut grass, green vegetables and sea kelp
  • LIQUOR:

    Richly opaque seaweed green
  • TASTE:

    Sweet umami richness and sugar snap peas

THE ART OF PREPARATION

IMPERIAL MATCHA GREEN TEA

  • 1 TPS

  • 80ºC

  • WHISK

  • ONE STEEP

This is our recommended brewing guide, but by all means adjust to your own taste.

  1. Warm your bowl and cup with boiling water.
  2. Discard the water and add one teaspoon of matcha to your bowl.
  3. Add 80ml / 30z water (i.e. an espresso cup) at 80°C / 176°F. If you don't have a thermometer, let the boiled kettle sit for six minutes.
  4. Using a matcha whisk, milk frother or fork, whisk the matcha until smooth and frothy. For best results, add half the water, whisk until there are no lumps, then add the rest.
  5. Enjoy your matcha straight from the bowl, or pour into a warm cup to serve.
Makes one cup. For more, add an extra teaspoon per person and multiply the amount of water accordingly.
Always use freshly-drawn and, where possible, filtered water.
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