Our standard recipe for brewing loose-leaf gyokuro. Brew a cup when you feel you need a change of pace. The concentrated umami in the cup can feel as though it had been squeezed out of freshly-picked tea leaves. To get all the umami, make sure to cool the water sufficiently after boiling.
Mantoku - 50g
Choose Mantoku for a refreshing, light gyokuro with more crispness and less umami and sweetness.
We recommend Mantoku, the lightest body gyokuro we produce, for drinking throughout the day. While not astringent in the same way as a sencha, Mantoku has some dryness and pleasant bitterness that feel clean and crisp when we drink it after a meal.
We first recommend brewing Mantoku with boiling water, serving quickly in just 30 seconds. This method brings out the misty, mossy-green aroma from these leaves, and produces an energizing and light body tea good for drinking in a mug.
When brewing with the standard 140°F water, this tea produces a more mellow brew with slight sweetness and umami.
Ways to Prepare
Hot brewing is a quick and easy way to get delicious tea. This recipe makes for a more refreshing and exhilarating experience. Boiling hot water brings out a lot of astringency, so brewing quickly is vital. Prepared like this, the tea is very light but still has an enjoyable flavor and goes great with mealtime.