If you are looking for the most ethereal, surreally delicious matcha in Japan's domestic market, you have found it. The 12 matcha below come directly from Japanese growers who are obsessed with quality in every stage of planting, pruning, feeding, harvesting, processing, and final delivery to us. All 12 drink more like fine wine than tea, and are extraordinary when consumed hot, especially if served in small, thicker quantities in lovely ceramics. Differences between the 12 primarily reflect rarity and terroir (growing conditions of specific places). They become sweeter, have more umami, finish longer, and are more refined as the numbers go up, culminating in the named blends. They are all extraordinary in their own unique ways.