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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 and seaweedy, dark and decidedly vegetal, with none of the lemon sheen of Sencha.
Caffeine Level Caffeinated
Body Overall it is medium bodied, however 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.
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.
Brewing Time 1 to 2 minutes
Brewing Temperature 160° F

Gyokuro - loose 1 lb bag

SKU# 41639

Uji’s most famous tea. Japanese aristocrats have sipped this shade-grown tea for centuries. The dark green tea makes for a very special cup.Loose tea in pound bagBrews 150 to 160 cups of teaCaffeinated
Excerpt from The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea
Like most great things Japanese, Gyokuro is a study in subtlety. A type of tea as well as an adjective, it has come to describe teas with umami, or mouth coating sensation, as that caused by this lovely shade-grown tea. Judging the gentle differences that shade growing makes requires careful attention. Though Gyokuro grows partially in the shade, and Sencha teas grow in the sun, both are processed the same way. The leaves therefore resemble each other closely, both in appearance and in taste. Yet the shade covering of Gyokuro accounts for a subtly lusher, darker, more mouth-coating tea.
Gyokuro
Brewing Temperature 160°F
Brewing Time 1-3 minutes
Dry Leaves Shiny, emerald green spindles.
Liquor Pale green.
Aromas Very spinachy and seaweedy, dark and decidedly vegeatal, with none of the lemon sheen of Sencha. Lovely and soothing, like a hearty spinach soup simmering of the kitchen stove.
Body Medium; fuller-bodied for a green tea, with a mild astringent bite.
Flavors The lush green flavor of the freshest steamed spinach, the cooked flavor of toasted walnuts, and a very slight note of sulfur. Filling and sustaining. Praised for its consistency; unlike in most other good-quality teas, the flavor does not evolve much but holds steady as you swirl it in your mouth.

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Gyokuro - loose 1 lb bag
SKU: 41639
$140.00

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Loose tea in pound bagBrews 150 to 160 cups of teaCaffeinated

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