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Premium Select Gyokuro - 30g

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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.

Fresh green teaConsume quickly
The best before date is 180 days from when the tea is packaged in Japan.
Serving size10 g / 0.35 oz (roughly 2 tbsp.)
Up to 3 pots can be brewed with the same leaves.
Size 4" × 7.9" × 1.2"
Net weight1.1 oz (30 g)

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.

Shade-grown with expert techniques.
Breathtakingly clear and vibrant tea.
Hand-picked by experienced growers.
Well-fed, well-cared-for tea leaves.

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

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.

1. Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
Add tea leaves to a kyusu or teapot.
Silver tablespoon filled with dried rolled Ippodo Gyokuro premium Japanese green tea leaves with
Silver tablespoon filled with dried rolled Ippodo Gyokuro premium Japanese green tea leaves with
Standard Gyokuro Brew
Makes one pot
1. Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
Add tea leaves to a kyusu or teapot.
2. Add hot water
80 mL (3 oz) 60°C (140°F)
Cool boiling water to 60°C by transferring 3 times.
Three porcelain teacups beside a small porcelain kyusu with arrows instructing to transfer tea from one vessel to the next
Three porcelain teacups beside a small porcelain kyusu with arrows instructing to transfer tea from one vessel to the next
Standard Gyokuro Brew
Makes one pot
2. Add hot water
80 mL (3 oz) 60°C (140°F)
Cool boiling water to 60°C by transferring 3 times.
3. Brew
90 seconds
Brew without stirring or disturbing the tea leaves.
Small white porcelain Japanese kyusu teapot with blue logo on lid sitting beside orange stop watch timer on white table
Small white porcelain Japanese kyusu teapot with blue logo on lid sitting beside orange stop watch timer on white table
Standard Gyokuro Brew
Makes one pot
3. Brew
90 seconds
Brew without stirring or disturbing the tea leaves.
4. Serve
Pour out every last drop.
Enjoy in your favorite teacup or mug.
Pouring light green tea from white porcelain Hasami-yaki kyusu teapot with blue logo into white porcelain Japanese teacup
Pouring light green tea from white porcelain Hasami-yaki kyusu teapot with blue logo into white porcelain Japanese teacup
Standard Gyokuro Brew
Makes one pot
4. Serve
Pour out every last drop.
Enjoy in your favorite teacup or mug.

Cold brewing brings out the most sweetness and umami from the leaves. Wait in anticipation while the full deliciousness seeps out, then enjoy the ultimate taste. Drink as an accompaniment when you have the time to relax or on your day off. The rush of umami the moment you sip the tea brings a firm sense of happiness.

1. Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
Add tea leaves to a kyusu or teapot.
Silver tablespoon filled with dried rolled Ippodo Gyokuro premium Japanese green tea leaves with
Silver tablespoon filled with dried rolled Ippodo Gyokuro premium Japanese green tea leaves with
Cold Brew Gyokuro
Makes one pot
1. Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
Add tea leaves to a kyusu or teapot.
2. Add ice water
210 mL (7 oz) Chilled water
Pour chilled water to cover tea leaves.
Pouring water from glass carafe into white porcelain Hasami-yaki teapot containing Gyokuro green tea leaves and ice cubes
Pouring water from glass carafe into white porcelain Hasami-yaki teapot containing Gyokuro green tea leaves and ice cubes
Cold Brew Gyokuro
Makes one pot
2. Add ice water
210 mL (7 oz) Chilled water
Pour chilled water to cover tea leaves.
3. Brew
15 minutes
Brew without stirring or disturbing the tea leaves.
Small white porcelain Japanese kyusu teapot with blue logo on lid sitting beside orange stop watch timer on white table
Small white porcelain Japanese kyusu teapot with blue logo on lid sitting beside orange stop watch timer on white table
Cold Brew Gyokuro
Makes one pot
3. Brew
15 minutes
Brew without stirring or disturbing the tea leaves.
4. Serve
Pour out every last drop.
Enjoy in your favorite glass, teacup, or mug.
Pouring light green tea from white porcelain Hasami-yaki kyusu teapot with blue logo into white porcelain Japanese teacup
Pouring light green tea from white porcelain Hasami-yaki kyusu teapot with blue logo into white porcelain Japanese teacup
Cold Brew Gyokuro
Makes one pot
4. Serve
Pour out every last drop.
Enjoy in your favorite glass, teacup, or mug.
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