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Shogyokuen: Matcha Iwai no Shiro, Premium Ceremonial Grade


A delicious blend of tencha leaves by master blender, CEO Hiroshi Kobayashi. He has created this exquisite matcha for tea ceremony practitioners. Iwai no Shiro, meaning the "white of celebration", is a matcha with excellent, smooth umami flavour perfect for usucha matcha preparation.

  • Umami strength (5 = strongest): 4/5
  • Astringency (5 = least astringent): 3.5/5
  • Color (1 = yellow, 5 = brilliant green): 5/5
  • Texture (1 = very grainy, 5 = very smooth):  5/5

This matcha is a slightly higher graze than the delicious Izumi no Shiro we serve at our tea bar.

  • Net Weight: 40 gram / 1.4 oz (can)
  • Grade: Ceremonial grade
  • Harvest: May
  • Region: Grown in Kyoto and surrounding regions. Refined in Kyotanabe, Kyoto.

About Shogyoken Tea Factory: Matcha production since 1827

Since 1827, Shogyokuen has been refining the highest quality leaves from Kyoto and grinding them into matcha for the aristocracy and samurai elite of Japan. Today, CEO Hiroshi Kobayashi is one of about 13 people in Japan (and only one in Kyoto) to hold the top rank 10 level for tea leaf appraisal. His ability to judge the qualities of tea leaves and then blend the leaves in the best way, particularly for making matcha, is proven by the many awards won over the years.

  • Established: 1827
  • Specialty Matcha production, Tea leaf blending & refinement.
  • Type: Factory, family business
  • Employees: 12 (including family)


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