How green tea was meant to taste. This Gyokuro is a light grassy tea, quieter than you expect.
Her time spent growing in the shade gives this tea her unique sweetness and the pale yet vibrant green hue of her namesake Gyokuro, which translates as Jade Dew, or Jewel Dew, akin to the morning dew you experience at the first moments of sunrise, and then is gone. So is the tender taste of this green tea.
Gyokuro is a luxury tea that comprises less than 1% of all tea produced in Japan. She is the most highly prized of all Japanese teas, and once you become acquainted with her you’ll quickly understand why. This soft, buttery flavor is full of umami and lacking in bitterness.
This green tea comes with glorious health benefits. Namely, her high L-theanine content. L-theanine triggers the release of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) — an inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps you shift into a relaxed yet attentive state. (For more on this, read my blog post Meditation in a cup.) When consumed together in a cup of Gorgeous Gyokuro, L-theanine + caffeine pair up to boost brain function in a lively and lovely way.
Pure Gyokuro Green Tea
Traditionally shade-grown in the tranquil hillside plantations of Yame, Fukuoka, Japan, home to Hoshino Tea Museum. Harvested only once a year in the spring, and processed with care.
The tea bushes are shade-grown for three weeks before cultivation which enhances the soft, buttery, umami flavor, AND ups L-theanine content of these tea leaves!
Yame is an old castle town known for its its lush garden landscape and green tea plantations nestled amidst rugged forested mountains, hot springs, waterfalls, and the Yame Central Tea Garden. Yame remains a picture-perfect slice of traditional Japan, thanks to the talented artisans who have made Yame their home since the 1600’s.
How to brew this tea like a true green tea snob:
2 tsp TEA
6 OZ WATER, filtered
STEEP 3 min.
Then re-steep your tea leaves 2-3 times throughout the day – each time with a tad less water, and for a tad longer.
Or, for my special hot-cold-flash-brew method, watch here: How to properly brew shade-grown green tea
One 2-oz package makes ~20 cups.