Compare two of our finest matchas and experience the freshest picked leaves with the Shincha Duo. Ippodo's New Harvest Matcha and Hachi Matcha Shincha.
Ippodo New Harvest Matcha
Matcha is usually not released immediately after harvest. Instead, it is "rested" for a period of many months to mature the flavour. However, this unique New Harvest Matcha was made from grinding the new leaves harvested this year, 2020. It is full of the energetic character the leaves have right after they are picked.
New Harvest Matcha would rank in the rich category of Ippodo's matcha lineup, so it has a similar long aftertaste, vibrant color, and sweet aroma as those teas, in addition to its unique energy.
The nuances of New Harvest Matcha change every year we release it, depending on the climate and other growing conditions in the tea fields. The lively, sweet aroma of this year’s release is delightful, and it fills the room from the second you open the matcha bag. Once whisked, this tea has a balance of sweetness and elegant bitterness that reminds us of dark chocolate. After a powerful first impression, its finish is long, sweet, and pleasantly light.
We recommend trying this tea first as regular usucha (thin tea), to experience its refreshing strength. Prepare it next as koicha (thick tea) to taste this tea’s full umami and green freshness. In a latte, the elegant bitterness pairs well with milk’s creaminess. Finally, you can whisk this tea with cold water and serve over ice, which produces a sweet, clear character.
Characterized by its rich aroma, full-bodied mellow sweetness, and vivid green color, matcha is a favorite among tea lovers in Japan. Ground from shade-cultivated tea leaves, matcha is rich in theanine -- an amino acid responsible for matcha's umami (translates to “savory deliciousness” and is also known as the fifth taste). Generally, the higher the grade, the richer the umami taste.
Hachi Matcha Shincha comes from the rolling hills of Uji, Kyoto, Japan. Ichibancha, is the first picked tea of the year. Similar to the Beaujolais Nouveau of French wine, the name Shincha celebrates the first tea harvest of the year. Matcha is usually not ground immediately after harvest, instead, it is “rested” for a period of many months to mature. Shincha is the opposite, it’s ground as soon as possible after it has been picked, steamed, dried, de-veined and de-stemmed.
Just Matcha has been importing Shincha Matcha for 7 years now; it has always been slightly different, and it has always been excellent. The fresh, lively sweet aroma and taste will blow your mind. This limited edition matcha goes quickly and once it's gone, we have to wait another year. See what the buzz is all about. You will not be disappointed.
Hachi Matcha Shincha 2020 Tasting Notes
Directions: Sift ½ tsp Hachi Matcha Shincha, add 4oz of 75 degree water and whisk to perfection.
Vegetal, earthy, sweet aroma of fresh sugar snap peas.
First tasting: Initial light delicate mousse and crema with a long, long dry finish that builds initially and slowly drifts away.
Second tasting: Reveals a delicate sweetness while the long dry finish remains. Does not have the young effervescence of previous years, but makes up for it with a finish that just goes on and on.
Third tasting: As the beverage cools, the umami really stands out, sweet savory while the finish remains long and dry.
Final tasting: Brings out more umami but more savory than sweet and the finish while lengthy, develops a minor astringency.
A truly magnificent matcha.
Region: Uji, Kyoto, Japan
Matcha is green tea that has been shade-grown, de-veined, de-stemmed and ground into a very fine powder. Matcha isn't steeped, it's "eaten." One serving is equivalent to 10 servings of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content. Matcha's unique combination of amino acids and caffeine creates a lasting feeling of focused vitality. Perfect for work, play, exercise or meditation.
Preparation of Traditional Matcha: Sift 1/2-1 teaspoon of Hachi Matcha Shincha into a small bowl. Add 2-4 ounces of 70-80 degree Celsius water (boiling water will compromise taste and nutritional content). Whisk vigorously using a traditional bamboo whisk or a frother for 15 seconds or until creamy. Enjoy your perfect cup of matcha!
Preparation of 8 ounce Matcha Latte: Whisk 1 teaspoon of sifted matcha with 1 ounce of 80 degree Celsius water. Add steamed milk and enjoy.
Storage: Keep away from heat, light, air, moisture and strong odours. Once opened, use as soon as possible.