Kuon (Eternity) - 20g
Kuon has a vivid green color, a long aftertaste, and rich umami - hallmarks of a high-class matcha. It stands out for its wonderfully bright fragrance.
Koicha: 4 g (2 tsp.)
Mirui - a word used by tea professionals in Japan to describe the ultra-young, tender, and delicate character of certain high-class teas.
Kuon is a rich, elegant matcha blend that was originally exclusive to the Ippodo Tea New York Store. After seeing its popularity among matcha fans in New York, we added it to our online lineup. Our blending and tasting team members have shared their personal tasting comments on this tea below.
“Kuon feels clean and refreshing, in both the umami at the start and in the aftertaste. Comparing it side-by-side with Kanza, its crisp aftertaste reminds me of the feeling I get when drinking white wine.
I enjoy drinking Kuon in the morning while I’m still waking up. Taking a sip of its refreshing, crisp taste is like pressing a start button for my body and my spirits. I would also suggest pairing it with something a little sweet, for a palate-cleansing experience.”
“Kuon has a strong fragrance and a deep flavor, and a while after the first impression, I begin to very slightly sense a touch of crisp astringency.”
“Kuon's strongest characteristic is its fragrance, which is striking from the moment you start to whisk it. Underneath the bright fragrance, I notice its tender, mirui* character, a sign of a top class matcha. This balance of tenderness and fragrance defines this unique tea. Its umami is indeed rich, and I can feel a little youthful energy in it. The aftertaste is just right, and fades with a light, clean finish.
After trying it as regular usucha and koicha, I suggest preparing it whisked with cold water, to emphasize the beautiful aspects of its fragrance. I think it also pairs well with sweets.”
“Kuon’s color is deep blue and vivid, and its fragrance has a strong presence. Given the quality of its fragrance, it is undeniably a classic Ippodo matcha. Its taste is dominated by sweetness and umami, and its flavor feels round.
Given its round sweetness and umami, I would recommend whisking it at a somewhat low temperature warm water, or even with cold water, for a deep experience. Try pairing it with different sweets, or drink it on its own, straight; I can imagine enjoying it in a lot of different scenarios.”
Ways to Prepare
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Received this tea as a gift, and made it into iced matcha/latte. It was rich and delicious. I would keep coming back and purchase their tea for my own consumption again!
Absolutely delightful! Good aroma, flavor, very full yet delicate.
Wow this is my favorite kind of matcha so far! Kuon taste delicious! It is super green, blends easy and no bitterness. All the teas that i try here are amazing! Definitely worth it. I will always buy from here for my green teas!! I will continue to try new matchas and buy old ones!
This is my favourite matcha I have ever tried. I enjoy it in the morning before breakfast. It is soooooo delicate and delicious. I can’t wait to have to every morning. Very flavourful and you get what you pay for. Will 100% be buying again.
Eternity was delicious as Usucha but the real test was when I prepared it as Koicha. As Koicha, Eternity is a deep, dark, glossy green with a delicious scent, strong umami and ABSOLUTELY NO bitterness and just a hint of astringency. I had tried other brands as Koicha and they were horrible experiences (believe me, bitter Koicha is absolutely terrible. Some matcha may make delicious Usucha and the same may make horribly bitter Koicha). The Eternity Koicha experience was absolutely lovely. Although Koicha is thick and strong tea, it was a delight and did not bring on any sense of caffeine overwhelm. I highly recommend and will definitely purchase again. It's a bit pricey but definitely high quality. Excellent Matcha!!