About this tea
宝寿 “Houju” means “Happy Treasure” and it is the most precious Uji matcha produced by our friend Hisaki Horii who is an 8th generation gyokuro and matcha producer. He is running his family’s Uji, Kyoto-based tea business Hekisuien, which was established in 1867. Only the highest quality hand-picked tencha from the Joyo area of Uji are selected to create this premium matcha. Mr. Horii’s philosophy and specialization is not focused on single cultivar or single farm origins but on blending various cultivars of exceptional quality and richness. Mr. Horii’s matcha blends are outstanding examples of how an artisan tea master’s blend is often greater than the sum of the individual lots. His matcha follows traditional vintage aging and blending practices. Each year his allocations are using different materials and vintages while his expression is consistently amazing. His style of producing high-end matcha and gyokuro utilizes only local Uji cultivars that are hand-picked and shaded by tana frame-and-thatch. The vivid depth of blue-green seen in this matcha shows the meticulous cultivation and care of production. The energy of this matcha is high and heady with a special floral vibrancy and vanilla cream taste. Houju Matcha is really a treasure and the most premium matcha we offer.
Uji, Kyoto, Japan
Uji, Kyoto, Japan
Based on a 8oz cup of tea made with suggested steeping method relevant to the tea type. An average cup of coffee contains about 90 – 120 mg / 8oz cup.
Sift 1 tsp (2g-3g) into a chawan
Add 2.5 oz (75ml) water at 170°F (75°C)
Use a chasen to whip into a smooth, rich foam
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Southwestern Honshu, Japan
50 - 200 meters
May - June
Gokou, Samidori, Asahi, Uji Hikari