The highest grade of matcha produced in very limited quantities, only once per year.
The dense, green powder froths into a substantial, oily-looking suspension that feels thick and foamy in the mouth. It’s flavour is mellow and deep, and there is no resistance to tasting it: it progressives in every dimension, opening along long, transforming channels. It evolves this way, expanding and moving through different stages, long after we’ve swallowed it. What a way to transform time.
Origin: Yame County, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Size: 20g tin
2g ⋅ 80°C ⋅ 60ml ⋅ bamboo whisk
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This ceremonial matcha is from Yame County, Fukuoka Prefecture on the southernmost Japanese island of Kyushu. It is from a small village called Hoshino, before it was merged with neighbouring villages to form the expanded city of Yame. Yame is located in a mountainous area with the Hoshino River that flows from the east to the west, creating an ideal climate for growing high-quality tea. The land is fertile, altitude is higher, and the air is moist and foggy. Tea trees grow slowly under these conditions, which translate into complexity and depth in the tea’s sweetness and savory “umami” flavors.