Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea
Sipped for centuries in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, ceremonial grade matcha should be the highest quality green tea powder available. This premium grade tea should be a vibrant green colour, with a very delicate taste, no bitterness, and an extremely fine texture. Thanks to its bright green colour, it can easily be recognized from the other tea grades. Ceremonial grade matcha is made from the youngest tea leaves because only the most tender, sweetest leaves, selected with utmost care by hand can be used to ensure the matcha is of the highest quality.
The flavour and aroma of hand-picked tea is much more mellow and smooth than tea trimmed by machine. The tea trees for hand-picked tea are grown differently to machine trimmed tea trees, consequently the tea sprouts of both types of trees grow differently. In the case of tea trees trimmed by machine, tea sprouts grow from the previously trimmed stubble. In contrast, in the case of tea trees picked by hand, tea sprouts shoot from the natural forks in the branches. The flavour and aroma of hand-picked tea is much more mellow and smooth than tea trimmed by machine and the leaves are of a higher quality. In fact all top grade teas, such as hand-picked Gyokuro, hand-picked Sencha, and hand-picked Matcha are grown only in quite small amounts, because there is only one small place in the entire world perfect for farming this special tea – a tiny area of land located in the Uji region of Japan. Therefore, hand-picked tea is very precious.
To learn how to prepare matcha please read our guide by selecting the link below.