This organic Gyokuro Premium Saemidori green tea is a very special delicacy from Kirishima Mountain in Kagoshima. As we’ve said before with teas like Sencha “Zen Cha” Saemidori, Saemidori is probably our favorite Japanese varietal because we love its creaminess and sweetness. To make this tea the bushes were shaded aproximately three weeks before the first flush harvest and the finished tea leaves are sorted very finely. The leaves have a beautiful appearance and a very full, sweet creaminess that is rich in umami. 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: Makizono, Kirishima, Kyushu, Japan
Harvest: First week May, 2019
Color of liquor: phosphorescent green
Aroma: creamy, biscuits, bread
Flavor: sweet, silky, creamy, refreshing
Temperature: 55º c
Steeping time: 3min; 1min; 4min