This organic-certified Okuyutaka Gyokuro green tea is a very special delicacy cultivated by Shutaro Hayashi, 5th generation tea farmer on Kirishima Mountain. The Okuyutaka varietal is usually refered to as “Tennen Gyokuro”, which means Natural Gyokuro. This is because the varietal itself is much greener and sweeter than other varietals. It is rare however to find Organic Asatsuyu like this one because the bushes are very sensitive and difficult to protect from insects who love the sweetness of this varietal. To make this tea the bushes were shaded aproximately two weeks before the first flush harvest and the finished tea leaves are sorted very finely. The tea’s infusion is a brilliant green with a very deep, sweet taste that stays strong though numerous infusions.
Japanese green tea, Gyokuro or “Jade Dew” is the highest grade of Japanese green tea and is famous for the special care with which it is grown and harvested. To produce gyokuro tea it is necessary to cover and shade the plants for the last 20-30 days before harvesting. Gyokuro leaves become more tender as they are not exposed to direct sunlight. This shading process also inhibits photosynthesis, sot he plant must survive on its own nutrients. This changes the chemical composition of the leaves, reducing catechin (responsible for bitterness) and extracting L-Theanine, which improves its sweetness and aromatic properties.
Origin: Kirishima, Kyushu, Japan
Harvest: Spring 2018
Color of liquor: phosphorescent green
Aroma: nuts, roasted almonds, biscuits, bread
Flavor: sweet, silky, creamy, roasted, refreshing
Temperature: 55º c
Steeping time: 3min; 1min; 4min