Premium Select Gyokuro - 30g Bag
Gyokuro from the finest fields in Kyoto
Every year, the highest-regarded tea farmers in Japan enter the best of their harvest into tea competitions, hoping to earn prestige and recognition for their efforts. Our Premium Select series features our exclusive blend of these farmers’ competition-level teas - hand-selected by our president from farms only in the Kyoto region. Each tea in this series ranks high above the highest tea in each category of our year-round selection.
The highest quality gyokuro fields receive constant hands-on care and attention. Farmers strictly monitor and fertilize the soil to keep it lofty and nutritious. They adjust the shades that cover the field so that the new leaves sprout in almost complete darkness. They tend the field in person, every day, to ensure the harvest comes out perfectly. The result of their efforts is a rare and valuable harvest. Until now we have only offered this tea at our Kyoto Main Store, but this year we are specially offering this tea on our online shop as well.
This year’s Premium Select Gyokuro has a gentle umami that blooms throughout the palate. Its aroma is pure, sweet, and floral—just taking in the aroma alone is wonderfully satisfying. Brew at a just-warm temperature (60 or lower) to properly enjoy the full °Cpotential for beautiful umami that is in these tea leaves. Or, try it as cold brew to taste the delectable sweetness and richness that is stored in these same leaves. Regardless, relax and focus on the experience when trying this tea, to fully appreciate these farmers’ efforts.
Unlike our other teas available year-round, which are blended for constant consistency, our Premium Select series varies depending on the growing conditions each year.
Being a shade-cultivated tea, gyokuro is rich in theanine-an amino acid responsible for its full-bodied, mellow, and thick sweetness. In Japan, there is a special name for this taste: umami. Generally, the higher the grade, the richer the umami taste. Gyokuro fans love this tea for its sweet, less-astringent nature and its deep-green aroma.
- Place 10g (2 tbsp.) in kyusu teapot
- Add 210 ml (7 oz) of chilled water
- Brew for 15 min.
* Make another pot using the same tea leaves. Brew the 2nd pot for 7min., and the 3rd pot for 3 min.