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Iced Tencha

Have you tried Iced Tencha? Tencha teas are limited edition only available in this summer. Iced Tencha has a unique, excellent, and noble flavor which is different both from Iced Gyokuro and Matcha. The subtle aroma lingers in the mouth for a while. The unique flavor of Tencha has quietly been enjoyed only by Matcha manufacturers for many years.
You can prepare Iced Tencha using the same brewing method as Iced Gyokuro. There are three different ways to brew Iced Tencha, (1) brewing by ice, (2) brewing by hot water once and cooling quickly, and (3) brewing by cool water. Each brewing method creates a unique flavor.
Tencha is only half the weight of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves; it is 50% lighter. So, please put about two times (2x) the cubical content of Tencha tea leaves in Kyusu tea pot.

(1) Brewing by ice

This brewing technique is a time consuming process, but provides the most noble taste and atmosphere.
  • Place 7 to 8g (3 tablespoons) of Tencha tea leaves into the Kyusu (teapot).
  • Fill the Kyusu with pieces of ice.
  • Wait for the ice to thaw naturally at room temperature (do not heat the Kyusu).
  • It is finished when the pieces of ice are fully thawed.
  • Pour the tea from the Kyusu into each glass alternately little by little, so that the quantity and taste of the tea is equal in each glass.

(2) Brewing by hot water once and cooling quickly

This brewing technique is faster than the other two ways. So, you can prepare Iced Tencha without spending so much time.
  • Place 7 to 8g (3 tablespoons) of Tencha tea leaves into the Kyusu (teapot).
  • Pour 200ml (7.04fl oz) of 176F (80C) temperature of water into the Kyusu.
  • Wait for 2 to 3 minutes. You'll want to brew the tea quite strongly because later the thawed ice will weaken the flavor.
  • Pour tea from the Kyusu into each glass filled with pieces of ice to cool the tea quickly. Pour alternately little by little, so that the quantity and taste of the tea is equal in each glass.
  • Because Tencha is lightweight, some Tencha leaves may float on the water surface. In that case, please press the tea leaves down into the water to soak and become saturated with water.

(3) Brewing by cool water

This brewing process is easy to do and creates tea which is easy to store and preserves well.
  • Place 7 to 10g (1.5 to 2 tablespoons) of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves into the teapot (or large size Kyusu).
  • Pour 500 to 1000ml (17.6 to 35.2fl oz) of cool water into the teapot (or large size Kyusu) and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours.
  • In order to equalize the taste of the tea, shake the Kyusu horizontally before pouring the tea into each glass.
When you brew tea in this way, it is convenient to use a teapot for iced tea like the picture that is designed to brew iced tea. It is available at Hibiki-an's Teapots / Cups category. You can visit the Iced Tea Pot page by clicking here; Iced Teapot, Teapot CLEAR - Filter Top, MIZUTAMA Dobin, TOBIKANNA Large Kyusu, T - Free)

You can brew Iced Tencha with Tencha Pinnacle and Tencha Super Premium. They are both limited edition only available in summer.


Tencha Teas - Now Available

[Limited] Tencha Super Premium (30g/1.06oz) US$22.00
This Tencha Super Premium has specially been arranged in order to be brewed in the same way as Gyokuro or Sencha. The taste is deep and mellow, and the subtle noble aroma lingers in the mouth for a while...
[Limited] Tencha Premium (60g/2.12oz) US$25.00
Tea leaves for Tencha (Matcha) are grown in the same way as Gyokuro, but processed differently than Gyokuro. The growing and processing bring the unique excellent flavor of Tencha. Of course, this Tencha also makes a lovely iced tea. The flavor is uniquely elegant...
[Limited] Tencha Pinnacle (30g/1.06oz) US$29.00
Traditionally, Tencha was not brewed like Gyokuro or Sencha, because this was not included in the traditional Tea Ceremony teachings. And so, for many years, brewed Tencha has quietly been enjoyed in secret among only a few Matcha manufacturers...

Tea Ware Suitable for Iced Tea: Check it!

To prepare all kinds of iced tea, it is not necessary to purchase special tea ware for iced tea. It is only necessary to prepare all kinds of iced tea with usual tea ware. However, to prepare only iced tea brewed by cool water, it is more convenient to use Iced Teapot, Glass Teapot, Dobin, or Large Kyusu. Would you please take a look?

Iced Teapot (1,000ml)
(Only Available in Summer Season)

Teapot CLEAR - Filter Top (450ml)

MIZUTAMA Dobin (Teapot: 550ml)

TOBIKANNA Large Kyusu (Teapot: 900ml)

T - Free (Twin Cap Bottle, 500ml)
   

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