Japanese Gyokuro Green Tea
Japanese Gyokuro Green Tea
Japanese Gyokuro Green Tea
Japanese Gyokuro Green Tea

Japanese Gyokuro Green Tea


Regular price £83.99
(56p per cup)

40 in stock

Prepare to be utterly astounded.

Gyokuro is the highest grade of Japanese green tea - a shade grown sencha. This whole leaf green tea is shielded from the sun for a few weeks before being harvested. The slow, deliberate shade growth increases the amino acid L-theanine which has a "feel good" effect on our brains. It also increases the chlorophyll in the tea leaves and creates a sweeter, smoother flavour.

This Gyokuro is grown by the inestimable Sakamoto brothers in Kagoshima, Japan.

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Tasting Notes

The complex flavours combine sweetness and umami notes with beautifully balanced vegetal depth.

Quantity

Use 2 grams of tea per 150ml of water.

Temperature

The ideal temperature is around 60°C (140°F).

(Although you might want to try as low as 34°C for the first infusion and raise the temperature 5°C for each subsequent steep.)

Time

Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly. 

Infusions

You can infuse this tea at least six times, often more if doing multiple small infusions.  With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

56p per cup based on 2g of tea per 150ml of water and 6 infusions.

Kagoshima, Japan

Sakamoto Tea Garden

The Sakamoto brothers focus intensely on soil health as the key to growing healthy tea plants and making the most delicious tea. They create their own nutrient rich soil mix with natural fertilisers and carefully nestle each new tea plant in 2 metres deep. This allows for the tea plant's roots to fully develop in the soil mix.

The brothers only harvest once a year - the leaves that are pruned from the plant throughout the remainder of the year are used to make an organic fertiliser, and returned to the soil, helping maintain the mineral aroma of the tea leaves.

Gyokuro Shading

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