Tsukikage (Autumn Exclusive) - 20g
Koicha: 4 g (2 tsp.)
The moon is at its most beautiful in autumn, and for ages Japanese poets have written of the moon as a symbol of this season. Tsukikage – our autumn-exclusive matcha – is named after the light of the moon.
When you prepare Tsukikage, the first thing you notice is its clear, fresh aroma and beautiful vibrant color. Once you take a sip, the matcha's initial sharpness is soon joined by layers of sweetness and umami. Its medium, balanced character is delightful for just about any tea drinker, and this is one of our most popular releases. Brisk autumn afternoons call for matcha paired with sweets, cookies, and desserts, and Tsukikage is the perfect matcha for the situation.
As koicha, this matcha’s nuances are much more prominent, and you can fully appreciate its balance of umami, astringency, and fragrance. In a matcha latte, its mild astringency pairs well with the milk, producing a softer drink with more umami than our lighter blends.
We designed Tsukikage’s package with autumn in mind. Flowers of the tea plant—which blooms in October in Kyoto—are drawn on a deep brown backdrop. We often suggest this tea for any small gift giving occasions this season.
Ways to Prepare
I buy all my matcha from Ippodo Tea and I love that they offer seasonals. Its just such a treat to include a seasonal in my order and discover how different matchas can taste. This one is very bright, a bit more delicate and toasted smelling when preparing. A great one even if you have never had matcha.
I haven't tried this specific matcha, but I am very happy with my order, thank you so much! I will update once I've tried it. I got it as a recommendation from another friend, and she said the quality was great!
This blend makes a wonderful matcha latte- the perfect balance of umami and astringency - subtle, with neither the milk nor matcha overpowering the other. Drinking some of this while eating apple slices gives me visions of fall foliage.