Our classic Gyokuro brews a full-flavored cup of green tea that has a satisfying, light, and refreshing character. It has the signature sweet green flavor with hints of seaweed.
This is one of Japan’s best green teas (made from single buds that are picked only in April/May). In an effort to develop increased chlorophyll (making them dark green) and reduce the tannin (giving a sweeter flavor with no bitterness), the tea is covered with black curtains or bamboo and straw shades for 3 weeks in early spring. The leaves are small - about 3/4 inch long and extremely fragrant and tender. Immediately after plucking the leaves are taken to the factory and steamed for about 30 minutes to seal in the flavor and arrest fermentation. Next they are fluffed with hot air and pressed and dried to 30% moisture content. Repeated rolling takes place until the tea develops long, thin, and dark green needles at which time it is finally dried to a 4-6% moisture content. At this price point, our classic Gyokuro is certainly one of the best on the market.
Country of Origin: Japan Region: Shizuoka Prefecture
Grade: Gyokuro Infusion: Very bright tending green
Manufacture Type: Shade grown and steamed green tea