Organic Gyokuru is made according to exacting specifications that date to Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868). To start with, Gyokuro is produced only from hand-plucked tea grown between March and April when tea bushes flush, pushing up fresh new shoots. For the first three weeks of production, the bushes are shaded with bamboo and straw, forcing the plants to produce more chlorophyll, deepening the flavor of the leaf. About two weeks after the shading has been removed, the tea is plucked. Extreme care is taken to select only leaves that are smaller than one inch in size. Anything larger and the tea will lose its fragrance and pliable, tender qualities. Next, the leaves are gently bruised and lightly steamed resulting in a fine, dark leaf with pungent depth and luscious green character.
This is a full flavored green tea that has a satisfying light refreshing character. Tending pleasantly vegetative with some briskness.
- Tea Origin: Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
- Infusion: Deep olive hues
- Caffeine: Low
- Steeping Instructions: 1 tsp of tea for 8oz water. Steep at 175⁰ for 1-3 minutes.
- Do not add milk, sugar, lemon, or mint
Luxury ingredients: Green tea