Why is this tea the finest or best Japanese green tea?
Its high grade and premium reputation are the result of the special processing methods that this tea undergoes.
With dark green needle-shaped leaves, this Japanese green tea is unique and quite rare.
Gyokuro has a sweet, soft marine-like flavor and amazing fragrance. It is unlike that of any tea you have ever tasted and no tea collection would be complete without it.
Let’s take a sip of this tea and be transported to Japan on an unforgettable journey!
First grown in 1835, today this tea is mainly produced in the regions of Yame, Uiji and Asahina in Japan.
Gyokuro tea, also known as Pearl Dew or Jade Dew, undergoes a special processing method and is harvested just once a year and then only in certain tea plantations. This makes this Japanese green tea quite expensive and difficult to find, but it is definitely worth the investment and the time.
Let’s take a deeper look at the processing of Gyokuro green tea to understand what makes it such a special and different tea.
Gyokuro tea is grown in different conditions from other green teas. This tea undergoes a special process to alter the chemical composition of its leaves.
A few weeks before plucking, the tea bush is covered with black curtains or bamboo and straw shades, filtering about 90% of the sunlight.
Shading defines the character of the tea by reducing the photosynthesis process and so increasing the chlorophyll content. The leaves become dark green and the tannin content is reduced, making a sweeter and less astringent tea. As a result, you will get a pure and fresh tea.
Only the youngest buds are picked once a year in the springtime, called the first flush, so it is quite a rare tea to find in stores. Once plucked the leaves are immediately steamed to stop the oxidation process and preserve their characteristic flavor.
Once the Gyokuro green tea leaves are cooled down, they then undergo several stages of rolling in order to soften the leaves, promote drying and to allow them to acquire their delicate needle shape.
To further reduce their moisture, the leaves are dried again. By this stage, the tea leaves are called "aracha" and will be sorted into several grades named "tencha". The finest grades of tencha will make Gyokuro tea come to life.
The leaves are then fired to reduce the moisture one last time, thus making this tea last longer and enhancing its flavor.
Finally the leaves are aged for several months before packaging and shipping to tea shops around the world.
This is truly an art that requires dedication, patience and skillfulness, allowing you to experience a truly calming and refreshing moment in the immense world of green tea and its benefits.
Gyokuro tea is rich in antioxidants, which means that every cup of tea you drink may provide you with wonderful health benefits that will make you feel great.
Have a look at the following health benefits and find out if this is the right tea for you.
Burn Fat and Build Muscle
Lower Cancer Risk
Improve Heart Health
Being a green tea, Gyokuro has much to offer, and if you wish to learn more about the general benefits of this type of tea have a look at green tea health benefits.
Begin your Japanese tea journey now!
This is a special tea indeed, special in the way it is processed and special because of the many health benefits you get just by drinking a delicious cup of tea.
So let’s put the kettle on and have a cup of tea.
Enjoying this great and fine tea requires a bit of care and attention. Get the most out of your tea by learning how to brew Gyokuro tea.
Steeping Time: 2-3min
Rebrew allowed: Yes
Best paired with: seafood, sushi, Japanese desserts using bean paste or rice powder
You can re-infuse Gyokuro tea leaves up to 4 or 5 times, but the temperature and steeping time varies. Temperature needs to be higher, but brewing time shortens, because the tea leaves are already open and you want to preserve the taste of your tea.
For the second brew, heat your water at 57ºC – 66ºC (135ºF – 160ºF), and infuse for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
For the third brew, use water between 66ºC – 82ºC (150ºF – 180ºF) and let it steep for 1 minute.
How about Gyokuro Iced Tea?
If you wish to brew Gyokuro iced tea, pour 1.5 tablespoons of loose leaf into your cup and add 3 or 4 ice cubes. Give it time to melt completely and drink it slowly.
Gyokuro can be quite an expensive tea, so you should be careful when storing it so that it lasts longer. Place the dry tea leaves in an airtight container that does not let in light. It is essential to prevent moisture from ruining the tea leaves.
Properly stored your tea can last up to 2 years and its taste will become even better as it ages!
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Choose Gyokuro green tea and take the next step in the world of Japanese green teas.
Savor a wonderful tea and enjoy the ultimate green tea experience.
”In the Taste of a single cup of tea you will eventually discover the truth of all the ten thousand forms in the universe.”
- Attributed to Kyongbong Sunim, Ch'an (Zen) Master
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