Kanza - 20g
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Kanza is a brand-new addition to our lineup. Its beautifully strong fragrance, unwavering umami, clean aftertaste, and silky character are unparalleled in our collection.
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.
Kanza is a new matcha in our lineup exclusively available to our USA and Canadian customers. After hearing from passionate fans of our rich character matcha blends, our master blenders carefully prepared this blend to be the new highest grade matcha in our lineup. They have shared their personal tasting comments on this release below.
“In Kanza you can enjoy a strong and rich umami, with an aftertaste that has remarkable depth. It reminds me of an excellent full-bodied red wine. I will reach for Kanza when I want to have a silent moment alone with my thoughts. Its lush character deserves quiet attention and focus.”
“Both Kanza’s fragrance and flavor are unequivocally powerful. From the first moment you take a sip to the end of the finish, it has a strong, unwavering umami, and no astringency. But make no mistake; it is not at all light-bodied.”
“Typical of a top class matcha, Kanza has a tender, mirui character, which is balanced by its bright fragrance. I can tell it has been painstakingly, carefully shaded, from its umami, which is neither fluffy nor sharp-edged, and from its fragrance, which is in a class of its own.”
“Its color is deep blue and vivid. Its fragrance has a distinct sweet note, and I felt it represents the classic Ippodo character overall. Its sweetness and umami are strong, and it has a clean aftertaste, with the mirui character of a matcha of this caliber.
Kanza is a matcha I want to relax and take my time with. Prepare it by using a just-warm temperature water, to bring out its top class sweetness and umami. Or, choose to use a hotter temperature water to emphasize its remarkable fragrance. This will produce a cleaner, crisper taste that I can recommend just as well.”
Ways to Prepare
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
This matcha is the most expensive I have ever tried but I figured it would be worth the splurge (and I wasn't wrong). It is smooth and creamy with a subtle sweetness and a beautiful fragrance. I've only tried it as Usucha but I'm sure it would make a great Koicha. I like making my tea at 70C and I use three heaping scoops and it comes out perfect with a luscious thick foam. There is no way to get any kind of bitterness out of Kanza. It's an absolutely delicious treat all the way around: whether it's in the can, or in the bowl, you'll experience a complete sensory nirvana.
The Kanza blend is an excellent matcha. The fragrance of the powder is bright and fruity — almost tropical and floral. When whisked, the smoothness is unmistakable: the mouthfeel is creamy and buttery indicative of the highest grade of matcha. The tea envelops your tongue in a starchy, slightly sweet taste without any hint of bitterness. I personally recommend trying once to use water brewed below the recommend temperature (I usually do 160°F) to bring out a more mellow and creamier character of the tea. While Ippodo’s Ummon blend packs a bit more flavor (and I'd say complexity), the Kanza is the matcha you want to reach for to embrace the subtler, smoother quality of top-tier matchas.
It has a beautiful almost emerald color, even smells rich, and only has a slight bitterness to it. I wouldn't spring for this every time (Ummon is my usual), but as an occasional treat it's wonderful.
I’m a huge fan of the Kanza! I gave up coffee years ago because it would make me jittery and anxious, and started drinking matcha every morning about a year ago. The flavour is so smooth and rich, you can definitely taste the difference. Might seem a bit pricey, but so worth it!
I have been a customer for several years of IPPODO Tea as being one of the few sources where you can purchase high quality Matcha. My favorite is the Premium Select Matcha and this year's batch is exceptional. I didn't think it was possible to exceed the quality of the Premium Select blend so when Kanza arrived for purchase I was intrigued on how this would surpass my expectations. I waited several weeks before justifying spending so much for only 20 grams of Matcha, however if this was the pinnacle of best then I must try at least once. When I opened the package I literally could feel the soft featherweight powdery Matcha flow which did not require much if at all any sifting before preparing. It was extremely rich and vibrant in appearance. I used purified water boiled to a recommended temp of 175 degrees and whisked away. There was no bitterness or astringency but I wouldn't expect it to be at this price. To be very honest and fair, after finishing a cup I compared my experience to when I first had the Premium Select blend and it fell short for me. This is a subjective review so I'm relating my experience as compared to other Matcha products. I did not feel the energized tranquil feeling I first had with the Premium Select blend so perhaps I was expecting too much. Overall, this is premium product but for the price point I would stick with the Premium Select.