This Gyokuro has a beautiful bright green liquor with a buttery vegetal flavor. A nice umami quality and a pleasant brothy mouthfeel without a hint of bitterness make this tea a true delight.
Gyokuro means Pearl Dew and is one of Japan's best teas. This tea is produced by shading the bushes for the first three weeks of May while the year's first flush develops. This causes the plant to produce additional chlorophyll, which makes it a darker green than other teas but lowers the polyphenol content, giving it a sweeter milder taste. This process inhibits astringency and also creates large amounts of the amino acid L-Theanine which contributes to the umami flavor and creates a sense of well-being for the drinker.
Tea is highly personal and these instructions are only a starting point. Play with the parameters to find the perfect flavor for you.❦