Our standard recipe for brewing loose-leaf gyokuro. Brew a cup when you feel you need a change of pace.
Premium Select Gyokuro - 30g
Premium Select Gyokuro is the rarest and most delectable gyokuro Ippodo produces. The 2023 release of this tea is back in stock, just in time for the holidays.
Every year, the top 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.
The highest quality gyokuro fields receive constant hands-on care and attention. Farmers precisely 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. With a team headed by our president and master blender, we blend precious harvests from these farmers to achieve an unparalleled gyokuro with harmony and depth.
Unlike our other teas available year-round, which are blended for constant consistency, our Premium Select Gyokuro’s character depending on the harvests each year.
This year’s Premium Select Gyokuro is deceptive in its approachability. On first impression, its sweetness is gentle, pure, and fresh. However, after swallowing, the sweetness and umami dramatically billow, commanding our attention and enveloping the senses.
Its character feels appropriate for spring. Notes that remind us of sweet cream, scallops, and fresh cucumbers gently awaken us from our winter hibernation. Its purity is like the drips from icicles melting in the warm spring sun.
Those curious about trying the pinnacle of gyokuro will find its pure, fresh taste surprisingly accessible. At the same time, afficionados will enjoy the complexity of the blend and the lusciousness of its character.
We recommend enjoying this tea in a focused way, whether in a dedicated session, or with just a small snack in the afternoon.
First, try it the standard way by brewing with just-warm temperature water. This method will fully draw out the eye-opening umami from these tea leaves. To accommodate the just-warm brew, heat the cups with boiling water and discard before serving.
Next, try it cold by brewing with ice water and serving in a small snifter glass, like a fine daiginjo sake. This method will produce a clear, resonant tea with delectable sweetness. Serve after lunch, or at happy hour.
For the full experience, rebrew these precious tea leaves many times, and enjoy how the fragrance and taste evolve each time.
Ways to Prepare
Cold brewing brings out the most sweetness and umami from the leaves.