Gyokuro -   - Harney & Sons Fine Teas
Gyokuro - Loose 1 lb. Bag - Harney & Sons Fine Teas
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A centuries-old favorite of Japanese aristocrats, Gyokuro is one of Japan's finest tea offerings and the most famous of Uji's teas. This highly-esteemed emerald tea is shade-grown for approximately three weeks, producing after harvest an infusion of the beautiful pale green color from which it earns its name. Steep with water heated gently for an initial infusion, and enjoy the exquisite, sweet flavors and aromas of Uji's finest tea.

Ingredients: Green tea.

Mike's Rating

2 Briskness
4 Body
4 Aroma
 Details: Most Gyokuro is grown in Uji, half an hour south the former imperial capital of Kyoto. To service the demands of the Emperor and other members of the aristocracy, there were large tea fields and many tea factories built around Kyoto. It was in the twilight of the Edo era that shade grown teas were commercialized.
 Dry Leaves: These leaves are shiny emerald green spindles. The dark green comes from the fact that tea is grown in increasing shade. The plant compensates by making extra chlorophyll. They are shiny spindles because they are processed in hot machines that straighten out the leaves, then the heat buffs the leaves.
 Liquor: A lovely pale green, caused by the extra chlorophyll.
 Aroma: Very spinachy, seaweedy. Dark and decidedly vegetal, with none of the lemon sheen of Sencha.
 Flavors: The lush green flavor of the freshest steamed spinach, the cooked flavor of lightly toasted walnuts and a very slight note of sulfur. Filling and sustaining.
 Caffeine Level: Caffeinated
 Body: Medium-bodied. Overall, it is much fuller (coats your mouth) than other green teas. This is because in the final weeks of growing the plants are covered in shade, which increases the amino acids that create body.
 Brewing Time: 1 to 2 minutes
 Brewing Temp: 160º