Harvest Season: June 2015
Our certified organic Gyokuro is made at the Nishi family farm in the volcanic, nutrient-rich soils of Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan. Gyokuro, which means "jade dew" in Japanese, is made by shading the tea bushes in the weeks just prior to harvest. A long tent-like structure with one screen is set up over the tea bushes for about 10 days, and then a second screen is added for another 8-13 days depending on the season. By blocking out the sun's rays from reaching the tea bushes, photosynthesis is inhibited. The tea bushes respond by developing very tender, thin, deep green tea leaves as they struggle to capture sunlight. There is also a change in the plant chemistry that occurs in shade-grown tea: the precious new tea shoots contain higher concentrations of L-theanine amino acid, known for its umami taste and alpha brain wave stimulating properties. At the same time, the plant develops less catechin (tea tannins), which give tea its astringent taste. The result is a smooth and incredibly flavorful, almost oceanic cup of jade dewdrops.
It is very rare to come across a USDA NOP certified organic Gyokuro, because the strenuous growing environment that the farmer creates to develop the rich taste of gyokuro requires ample fertilization. Our friends at the Nishi farm are widely respected throughout the Japanese tea industry for their skilled practice of organic vermiculture and soil management techniques that allow them to create incredibly rich soils without chemical fertilizers.
Tasting Notes: Shade-grown Gyokuro offering a complex flavor with notes of oceanic umami and nori seaweed, with aromatic hints of preserved sakura in the finish.
Ingredients: Organic Japanese Green Tea
Nishi Farm, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Water Temperature: 160°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Time: 1st infusion 30 seconds, 2nd infusion 1 minute, 3rd infusion 90 seconds. Traditional Brewing Guide:
Kyusu Brewing from Rishi Tea on Vimeo.
For the best infusions, we recommend brewing this tea in a Tokoname teapot
We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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By Michael Barnes on June 10, 2014
Big Rock, Il., AL United States
A special taste. Complex.
Still unveiling itself. I feel a subtle calmness.
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By Sami on August 8, 2014
Miami, AL United States
I have been drinking Rishi Sencha for almost two years daily. I love it. I recently tried the Gyokuro and it has expanded my appreciation for green tea. Whenever I drink this tea, I feel a sense of calmness possibly due to the increased L-Theanine content due to the shading of the Gyokuro tea leaves. Highly recommended to those who want very high quality green tea.
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