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Smooth, balanced, rich - what's the difference?
The difference between Ippodo’s matcha varieties lies in the taste. The Ippodo Tea Company harvests green tea leaves from various plantations that differ slightly in their cultivation practices, which produce different grades and flavors of tea. For example, Ummon-no-mukashi has the richest umami flavor, which can only be found in the highest grade of tea leaves. Likewise, Ikuyo-no-mukashi has a very mild and smooth flavor because it is made from a blend of middle grade tea leaves that have these light characteristics.
Taste Notes - Balanced
For those who prefer a slightly lighter taste, this is a good choice. With a touch of astringency and enough umami to satisfy even the most ardent matcha aficionado, Tancho-no-mukashi / Kan-no-shiro are high quality matchas that can also be used to make the thicker koicha.
Ippodo: The 300-Year-Old Tea House
The Ippodo Tea Company has been producing superior quality green tea in the ancient city of Kyoto, Japan for nearly 300 years. The care Ippodo provides in their cultivation and production methods exemplifies their commitment to continuing the ennobled tradition of Kyoto green tea. For generations, Ippodo has worked passionately to share the blissful experience of drinking green tea with as many people as possible, opening the doors of their Kaboku Tearoom and workshops for the benefit of the general public. Their continued commitment to celebrating and integrating green tea culture through education is a model and inspiration for us.
"To us, tea is not only a beverage, but an experience to be enjoyed and cherished. Sipping on a relaxing cup of tea while reflecting on a special memory; enjoying a nice conversation over tea with a friend or loved one - regardless of the scenario, we want your tea experience to be a satisfying one. We hope you will take the time to explore and discover all the delicate pleasures that each green tea has to offer."
Kyoto, the ancient Japanese capital, has been known for its matcha green tea for hundreds of years. The climate and mineral-rich soil provide the perfect conditions for green tea cultivation. The grande lineage of Kyoto tea cultivators has left a tradition that optimally harnesses the bounties of their fertile land and produces matcha green tea that garners international respect and renown.
Loved this matcha in addition to the ummon-no, prefer to use this in lattes but tastes amazing americano style as well!
So fresh and so green green! I loved the match and can't believe I only got one tiny container!
best quality matcha I've ever had.
I've been purchasing my matcha from Menos for a while now. Really enjoying the balanced matcha blend from Ippodo. I tend to switch between the rich and balanced blends based on availability, but they're both wonderful.
I love this matcha! Every morning I look forward to making myself a matcha latte! It really gets me through my busy day without that 2pm crash. It also tastes so good!