AOI Seicha: Nishio Matcha - Shoju no Shiro, Imperial Ceremonial Grade Usucha (30g) 御薄茶、松寿の白

Size: 30g / 1 oz / Spring Harvest

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The Shoju no Shiro from AOI Seicha is a high grade imperial ceremonial grade usucha that is well-balanced with respect to umami, sweetness, and aroma. It’s a wonderful matcha to enjoy at home when you would like to add a luxurious touch or to simply relax and enjoy your bowl of matcha. The Shoju no Shiro is also popular as a matcha for the tea ceremony.

The matcha sommeliers at AOI rate this matcha (see graph for a visual): 

  • 5/5 in terms of umami flavor,
  • 4/5 sweetness,
  • 1/5 for bitterness. 

Product Info

  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Japanese name: 御薄茶、松寿の白
  • Net Weight: 30 grams, can
  • Grinding: Ground upon order by Yunomi (see procurement date)
  • Cultivar: Blended
  • Harvest Season: Spring
  • Cultivation & Processing Notes: Shaded for 4 weeks before harvest.
  • Region: Nishio, Aichi Prefecture


  • Tools: matcha, chashaku bamboo scoop, chasen bamboo whisk, matcha bowl, cooling bowl or tea pot
  • Take 2 grams (about 1.5 chashaku bamboo scoops) of matcha, and place it into your bowl
  • Using the tips of your chasen bamboo whisks break apart any clumps (using a sifter may also help).
  • Take boiling water and place it into a teapot or other cooling bowl. Allow the water to cool to 70-80C/158-176F degrees.
  • Pour the water into your bowl, and using the whisk, slowly make an "M" shape in your bowl.
  • As you speed up the whisk, bubbles (froth) will form.
  • For Koicha, use about 50-70 ml of water. For Usucha, use 150-200 ml of water.

Vendor Info

  • Name: Aoi Seicha
  • Type: Factory
  • Established: 1910, company incorporated as AOI Seicha in 1966.
  • CEO: Ayano Honda
  • Employees: 60
  • Address: Kamiyashiki-7 Kamimachi, Nishio-shi, Aichi-ken 445-0894

Matcha for the North American market can be bought from U.S. subsidiary AOI Tea

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