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Medium & Balanced

Tsukikage - 20g

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$17

Available only in autumn, Tsukikage has a pleasant balance of umami and subtle sharpness.

Fresh green teaConsume quickly
The best before date is 180 days from when the tea is packaged in Japan.
Serving sizeUsucha: 2 g (1 tsp.)
Koicha: 4 g (2 tsp.)
Size 2.1" × 1.7" × 3.7"
Net weight0.7 oz (20 g)

Note: Available from September to late November, depending on supply.

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.

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.

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

The standard matcha whisking method, made to be a normal, liquid consistency. We recommend drinking usucha at teatime for an energetic boost. It goes well with chocolate, cakes, and other confections, Western or Japanese.

1. Sift matcha
2 g (0.07 oz)
1.5 heaping tea ladles or 1 level teaspoon.
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic tea bowl using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic tea bowl using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Usucha (Thin Matcha)
Thin Matcha
1. Sift matcha
2 g (0.07 oz)
1.5 heaping tea ladles or 1 level teaspoon.
2. Add hot water
60 mL (2 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Pour boiling water into a teacup to cool it to 80C°, then pour into tea bowl.
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream ceramic tea bowl containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream ceramic tea bowl containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Usucha (Thin Matcha)
Thin Matcha
2. Add hot water
60 mL (2 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Pour boiling water into a teacup to cool it to 80C°, then pour into tea bowl.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
Whisking vibrant green matcha tea in ceramic tea bowl using Chasen bamboo whisk with zigzag
Whisking vibrant green matcha tea in ceramic tea bowl using Chasen bamboo whisk with zigzag
Usucha (Thin Matcha)
Thin Matcha
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.

Matcha made into a powerfully rich, thick paste using less water and more matcha powder per serving. Taking the time to sift the matcha powder produces thick and creamy koicha. Discover the amazing bounty of nature and the strength of the tea leaves.

1. Sift matcha
4 g (0.14 oz)
3 heaping tea ladles or 2 level teaspoons of matcha into a mug or bowl.
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic tea bowl using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic tea bowl using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Koicha (Thick Matcha)
Thick Matcha
1. Sift matcha
4 g (0.14 oz)
3 heaping tea ladles or 2 level teaspoons of matcha into a mug or bowl.
2. Add hot water
30 mL (1 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Cool boiling water to 80C° in teacup, then pour into bowl, just covering matcha powder.
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream ceramic tea bowl containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream ceramic tea bowl containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Koicha (Thick Matcha)
Thick Matcha
2. Add hot water
30 mL (1 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Cool boiling water to 80C° in teacup, then pour into bowl, just covering matcha powder.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Mix slowly for 15 seconds moving back and forth.
Whisking dark green thick matcha in tea bowl using Chasen bamboo whisk and overlaid directions arrows along sides of bowl
Whisking dark green thick matcha in tea bowl using Chasen bamboo whisk and overlaid directions arrows along sides of bowl
Koicha (Thick Matcha)
Thick Matcha
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Mix slowly for 15 seconds moving back and forth.

An easy recipe for preparing at home to enjoy with breakfast or as a snack. One part matcha with one part frothed, warm milk makes for a cozy drinking experience - especially on colder days. Adjust the amount of milk to suit your preference.

1. Sift matcha
3 g (0.11 oz)
3 heaping tea ladles or 1.5 level teaspoon.
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic teacup with handle using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic teacup with handle using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Matcha Latte
Matcha & Milk
1. Sift matcha
3 g (0.11 oz)
3 heaping tea ladles or 1.5 level teaspoon.
2. Add hot water
90 mL (3.04 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Pour boiling water into a teacup to cool it to 80C°, then pour into tea bowl.
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream colored shallow ceramic mug containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream colored shallow ceramic mug containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Matcha Latte
Matcha & Milk
2. Add hot water
90 mL (3.04 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Pour boiling water into a teacup to cool it to 80C°, then pour into tea bowl.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
Whisking green matcha base in teacup with handle using Chasen bamboo whisk and overlaid directions arrows along sides of bowl
Whisking green matcha base in teacup with handle using Chasen bamboo whisk and overlaid directions arrows along sides of bowl
Matcha Latte
Matcha & Milk
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
4. Add milk
100 mL (3.4 oz)
Pour warm or foamed milk into mug.
Pouring foamy frothed milk from silver pitcher into concentrated green matcha tea latte base in short beige ceramic mug
Pouring foamy frothed milk from silver pitcher into concentrated green matcha tea latte base in short beige ceramic mug
Matcha Latte
Matcha & Milk
4. Add milk
100 mL (3.4 oz)
Pour warm or foamed milk into mug.
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