Origin: Kyoto, Japan. 30g/Tin
'Time-honoured friend' (Japanese: 千歳の友 Chitose-no-tomo) is a thin tea (Usucha) grade matcha commonly used to treat guests in tea gatherings conducted by the Ueda Sōko Tradition of Warrior Tea.
A refreshing, sweet flavor, full of umami is preferred over some of the more bitter matcha used in Chanoyu.
The name of this tea comes from the following poem by the 12th Grandmaster of the Ueda Sōko tea tradition.
“While flowers sing me songs of beauty in moments, May this evergreen pine be my time-honored friend, teaching the beauty of ages.”
- by 12th Generation Ueda Jōō