Ceremonial Grade. Soft and creamy, with abundant, well placed notes. Vegetal, marine, fresh spring peas and vibrant kale all balanced perfectly by a crisp astringency. Matcha Osa is truly a premium grade Uji matcha deserving of your best chawan.
❊ Origin: Ujitawara-cho, Japan
❊ Cultivar: Gokou plus other varietals
❊ Harvest: Spring
❊ Impressions: Roasted nori, spring peas and brassica notes / whisks to a fine, dense froth / sweet, creamy and a slight satisfying astringency.
❊ Net weight: 40g, presented in a sealed foil bag inside a reusable metal tin.
RECOMMENDED MATCHA PREPARATION
Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony Chanoyu. As with many products of high quality, the level of dedication of those who produce them demands that we practice great respect when handling them. And so, in order to fully appreciate the character of our premium teas and matcha, it is necessary to use the appropriate tools and learn ideal techniques.
Please follow these steps for a sublime bowl of matcha.
- Bring a kettle to boil and then remove from heat and set aside. Use of a cast-iron or Nambu Tekki kettle is preferable.
- In the meantime, gather together your matcha and related tools, the matcha bowl or chawan, the matcha spoon or chashaku, the matcha whisk or chasen, a small vessel for cooling water and a small sifting screen.
- Preheat the matcha bowl by pouring approximately 70ml of boiled water into the bowl and let sit for 45 seconds then pour into the small water vessel.
- Dry the matcha bowl. Place the sifting screen over the bowl, portion out the desired amount of matcha into the screen and gently use the matcha spoon to work the powder through.
- Two to four matcha spoon scoops is typical though you should adjust for your preference.
- Soak the matcha whisk in some water before use in order to soften the tines.
- Once the water in the vessel has cooled to about 65C, slowly begin to pour it over the matcha powder while gently blending with the whisk.
- When all the water is added, whisk briskly in a 'W' motion as though you are beating egg whites. With practice, this will create a fine, creamy froth.
- Clean and dry your tools as best as you can to ensure longevity.