Gyokuro Kirishima Nishi FamilyGarden Direct Organic Green Tea - 100g

100g
$30.00
makes 30 cups
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Description

Cultivar: Sae Midori
Elevation: 300 - 450m
Harvest Date: First Flush 2017

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.

Traditional Brewing

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.

Kyusu Brewing from Rishi Tea on Vimeo.

Ingredients

Organic Japanese Green Tea

Origin

Nishi Farm, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

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THE BEST
Mar 25, 2017
Ever since I've tried "Matcha Super Green" tea bags bought at my local grocery store, it's the only green tea I've been... read more
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In a league of its own
Apr 5, 2016
Other reviewers mention that this has a 'special' taste. I'd agree. It's unlike any other tea I've tasted from the Rishi range.... read more
Alex Strick v L
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Delicious Gyokuro...
Aug 8, 2014
I have been drinking Rishi Sencha for almost two years daily. I love it. I recently tried the Gyokuro and it has expanded my... read more
Sami
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Riding a Brain Wave
Jun 10, 2014
A special taste. Complex. Still unveiling itself. I feel a subtle calmness.
Michael Barnes
Big Rock, Il., AL
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Delicious Gyokuro...
Aug 8, 2014
I have been drinking Rishi Sencha for almost two years daily. I love it. I recently tried the Gyokuro and it has expanded my... read more
Sami
Miami, AL
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THE BEST
Mar 25, 2017
Ever since I've tried "Matcha Super Green" tea bags bought at my local grocery store, it's the only green tea I've been... read more
Izabela
Queens, NY
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Riding a Brain Wave
Jun 10, 2014
A special taste. Complex. Still unveiling itself. I feel a subtle calmness.
Michael Barnes
Big Rock, Il., AL
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In a league of its own
Apr 5, 2016
Other reviewers mention that this has a 'special' taste. I'd agree. It's unlike any other tea I've tasted from the Rishi range.... read more
Alex Strick v L
Berlin, Germany, AL
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
In a league of its own
Apr 5, 2016
Other reviewers mention that this has a 'special' taste. I'd agree. It's unlike any other tea I've tasted from the Rishi range.... read more
Alex Strick v L
Berlin, Germany, AL
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
Riding a Brain Wave
Jun 10, 2014
A special taste. Complex. Still unveiling itself. I feel a subtle calmness.
Michael Barnes
Big Rock, Il., AL
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
Delicious Gyokuro...
Aug 8, 2014
I have been drinking Rishi Sencha for almost two years daily. I love it. I recently tried the Gyokuro and it has expanded my... read more
Sami
Miami, AL
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THE BEST
Mar 25, 2017
Ever since I've tried "Matcha Super Green" tea bags bought at my local grocery store, it's the only green tea I've been... read more
Izabela
Queens, NY
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