Tatsu-mukashi 辰昔

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  • “The name tatsu-mukashi is a play on words. Tatsu (辰) is the fifth earthly branch and corresponds to the dragon in the Chinese zodiac, the sign for the upcoming new year; mukashi (昔) is the...” Read full tasting note

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On sale: Thu., December 15, 2011 to Sun., January 15, 2012
Ippodo is happy to offer this premium matcha, specially packaged for the New Year’s holidays-that special time of year anticipated with such great excitement and hope.
In response to the popularity of our Chinese zodiac labels, which began with our Year of the Tiger label in 2010, we have prepared another special label for 2012.
Depicting a magnificent, golden dragon breaking through the clouds and soaring to great heights, the splendid design is perfect for the New Year.
Perfect for festive occasions and the tea ceremony, it makes a wonderful New Year’s gift for matcha lovers and family and friends born in the Year of the Dragon, and also serves as a great Japanese green tea for daily home enjoyment.
- About our Special New Year’s Matcha
Every year we make available this limited-edition matcha, sold exclusively during the New Year’s holiday season, after first having carefully selected and purchased tea leaves with the following characteristics.
- Characteristics of our Special New Year’s Matcha
‘’Magnificent fragrance’’ ‘’Rich, ample umami’’ ‘’Light hue’’
Naturally, each year’s matcha is different and, therefore, differs in taste. Looking forward to the unique flavor of each year’s matcha is one of the joys of our Special New Year’s Matcha.
- Features of our Special New Year’s Matcha for 2012
This year’s matcha is most notable for its superb fragrance, in addition to the richness and pleasant, lingering aftertaste that are characteristic of all premium matcha. Compared to the mild and refined ‘serenity’ of Seiun or Wakamatsu-no-mukashi that is regularly sold throughout the year, this Special New Year’s Matcha offers a nicely contrasting robust ‘dynamism’.
With a fragrance that rises high like a soaring dragon, this matcha is well-suited to the Year of the Dragon. As you whisk and sip it, you will fully enjoy the magnificent fragrance of this delicious matcha tea.
This grade of matcha is the same as that used for Shin Shun Seiun and Shin Shun Wakamatsu-no-mukashi.


“華やかな香り”  “濃厚で充実した旨み”  “明るい色合い”
上等な抹茶ならではのコク、余韻はもちろんのこと、今年は何といっても「香りの高さ」がポイントです。通年販売の『青雲』と『若松の昔』が穏やかで上品な“静”な香りとすれば、新春特別抹茶は香りに勢いがある“動”と好対照なイメージです。昇り龍の如く香りがぐんぐんと立ち昇る、2012年 干支の「辰」にふさわしい抹茶です。茶筌で点てているとき、いただくときとその香りを存分にご堪能いただけます。


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The name tatsu-mukashi is a play on words. Tatsu (辰) is the fifth earthly branch and corresponds to the dragon in the Chinese zodiac, the sign for the upcoming new year; mukashi (昔) is the formulaic word for matcha of a grade high enough for koicha preparation.

Tatsu-mukashi really shines in the koicha-style preparation. The advertised characteristics – gorgeous aroma, rich, full-bodied umami, and bright pale green – come across brilliantly. This brews an extremely aromatic bowl of thick tea. The aroma is strongly that of fresh tea, with faintly grassy notes, and an interesting, mildly herbal aftertaste.

Although it is said that all matcha can be prepared as usucha, I found that the thickness of the scent of tatsu-mukashi is somewhat overpowering when prepared as usucha. Furthermore this tea consists of larger than normal particles, so that the tea settles more quickly than usual after whisking.

160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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