The standard matcha whisking method, made to be a normal, liquid consistency.
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
Matcha made into a powerfully rich, thick paste using less water and more matcha powder per serving.
Whisking matcha with cold or chilled water brings out a strong sweetness.