Gyokuro, which translates in English to “Jade Dew”, is a type of shaded green tea from Japan. We buy this tea and others directly from a family in Japan. It is one of the highest grades of Green Tea cultivated. It is grown under shade for the final three weeks before harvest, instead of full sun under which most teas are grown. The result is a deep, emerald green color. Very striking. The name “Jade Dew”, refers to the pale green color when steeped.
Because the growing process is more involved, Gyokuro is a premium, limited-production tea compared to other teas, which is reflected in a higher price. It is also used to make true Matcha tea, which should have a richer, green color and more vegetal flavor.
Gyokuro tea leaves are long and spindly, like fine needles, due to how the leaves are straightened during processing. The aroma is very grassy and vegetal. When steeped, this aroma rises as an introduction to the wonderful, full vegetal flavor. The aroma and flavor are unlike other green teas. Once you have tried it, it could become one of your premium favorites.
With the tea leaves being very thin, the tips break off easily while steeping. This is a characteristic of many premium teas whose leaves are softer or rolled tightly. You might notice these tips settle to the bottom of your teapot or cup when brewed. They will also cause the tea to be slightly cloudy. This is also very normal with many Premium Green Teas. The slight sediment means the health benefits increase as with Matcha. When drank you get more of the nutrients found in green tea.
Being a Premium Green Tea, you can infuse the Gyokuro tea leaves multiple times, which you can do for all Green, White and Oolong teas. Steeping times and water temperatures vary, so check with each tea type.
We also carry teas from this family in Japan. They include Bancha, Fukamushi Sencha, Houjicha, Kukicha Twig Tea, Gyokuro, Ceremonial Matcha and Matcha Genmaicha Green Teas. They are all wonderful and have their own characteristics, which set them apart from their Chinese and Taiwan counterparts.
To steep, put 1 tsp of loose tea for each 8oz of fresh water in the teapot. Bring water to a boil, let cool about a minute to about 180F. Pour the water over tea. 1st Infusion, steep 30-60 seconds. You will have the fullest flavor from the 1st Infusion.
For the 2nd Infusion, steep 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. The flavor will be milder, yet very satisfying. Many tea drinkers prefer the flavor of the 2nd Infusion over the 1st.
You can infuse the leaves a third time, but the flavor will be much milder. Too mild for some. But watch the time. Tea can become bitter if steeped too long.
Contains: Green Tea