Premium Select Gyokuro - 30g
The rarest and most delectable gyokuro Ippodo produces, Premium Select Gyokuro is typically a Kyoto-exclusive release. After seeing how well gyokuro fans enjoyed it last year, we decided to offer it again this year on ippodotea.com.
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. They tend the field in person, every day, to ensure the harvest comes out perfectly. Finally, with a team headed by our president and master blender, we blend these rare and precious harvests 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 has a strong, eye-opening presence. Its umami is pure, round, and dense, while its fragrance is savory, clean, and bright. After swallowing, the aftertaste lingers and blossoms, seemingly growing the longer you observe it.
Interestingly, this year’s release has a soaring, piercing note that stays strong throughout the experience. We might compare it to the feeling of stepping out into a clearing in the middle of a dense forest. This characteristic is pure strength and crispness, like dew.
We recommend this year’s release for our most devoted gyokuro fans. Its vitality is best enjoyed on its own or with a little light snack.
For our standard brewing method, use just-warm temperature water. This will beautifully showcase the eye-opening umami that is in these tea leaves.
Next, try it cold by brewing with ice water and serving in a small snifter glass. This method will enhance its delectable sweetness and richness.
Relax and focus on the experience when trying this tea. It will reward you with its enriching depth and complexity. Rebrew these precious tea leaves as many times as you like, and notice how the fragrance and taste changes each time.
Ways to Prepare
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One of the best I've tasted, high quality. But very expensive for such a small amount.
Ippodo Premium Select Matcha is my favorite tea offering from Ippodo so my expectations were high for this one. There is not much volume as expected so I used only a teaspoon at a time. In my opinion you need at least a tablespoon to fully appreciate this tea. It lacked the sweetness and deep vibrant color of Kanu. I also did not feel the surge of energy a good Gyokuro can provide. Overall, I appreciate Ippodo offering alternatives to their traditional teas.
My recent order for fresh Gyokuro arrived promptly and it is quite splendid. It is subtle and rich at the same time. I highly recommend it!
Very good gyokuro, probably the best I've had. Very good taste to it and nice and smooth.