"Pine of the Summit" Matcha・thick tea grade (koicha)

Preferred thick tea of Ueda Sōkei, the 16th Grandmaster of the Ueda Sōko Tradition of Chanoyu. This thick tea is used in the majority of official Ueda Sōko Ryū tea gatherings and events. 

Available in:

・30g can

・50g packet

・100g packet

Matcha shipped fresh, directly from the maker in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.


  • Thick tea (koicha) grade matcha favoured by Ueda Sōkei, the 16th Grandmaster of the Ueda Sōko Tradition of Tea
  • A profound flavour with exceptional umami and complex, sweet and dry aftertaste that lingers like the 'infinite green' of Ueda Jōō's poem (below)
  • Much less bitter than other thick tea grade matcha. The emphasis is on depth, dry-sweetness and a long aftertaste 
  • Can be used both as a 'koicha' (thick tea) grade matcha, and an 'usucha' (thin tea) grade matcha. The matcha prepared as koicha (thick tea) is shown in image where the matcha has a smooth surface and the tea bowl is sitting on a cloth.


The name of this tea comes from the following poem by the 12th Grandmaster of the Ueda Sōko Samurai-class Tradition of Tea, Ueda Jōō:

Pine of the summit:   

may something of my remains

pass a thousand years,

revelling your infinite green -

Companions outside time.

- by 12th  Generation Ueda Jōō



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  • Ships within 3-5 days

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Adam Sōmu Wojciński, 2018 

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