Gyokuro green tea leaves


Competition Gyokuro

Regular price ¥15,000
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100g of a unique Yame dento hon gyokuro blending three cultivars for an amazingly sweet and umami-rich liquor. GI certified, in a wooden box.

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Competition-grade SAYURI is one of Kiya san’s most prestigious creations. Coming in 100g in a beautiful wooden box, this artistic blend of Yabukita, Goku and Kanaya cultivars is perfectly balanced to bring out the sweetness, umami and light astringency that are the signature tastes of high-end gyokuro. Its taste is deep, multi-layered and leaves an extraordinary lingering feeling on your tongue.

It benefits from the GI red mark, a label recognizing its Yame origins and the fact that it was handpicked and processed according to strict traditions. This gyokuro can be easily rebrewed up to 5 times.

Our tea tasting expert Alex says in his review notes: “As the liquor passed my lips, a sweet and umami-rich flavor filled my mouth and coated the sides of my mouth. I tasted the complexity of the tea as soon as the liquor touched the tip of my tongue. The medium green liquor had layered hues of green and a persistent vegetal character that lasted for minutes after I took my first sip. In the back of my throat, notes of fresh dark leafy greens, like spinach and chard, and a hint of shellfish lingered.”

*This tea is prepared at time of order by Tea Master Kiya san and ships within 5-7 business days.

For more details and additional steeping techniques (cold and ice brew (kōridashi) ), feel free to read the in-depth review prepared by our tea taster Alex.

Food Pairing

You may enjoy this tea by itself or pair it with a wagashi or a piece of dark chocolate to create a new experience by pairing the tea with something sweet.

If you would like to enjoy this tea with food, you may pair it with onigiri, or sushi, sashimi, and other raw fish dishes.


Net Weight: 100g
Harvest: 2023
Origin: 100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and type: Competition Gyokuro
Organic: No
Cultivars: Goko, Yabukita, Kanaya-Midori
Conservation: 8 months unopened
Optimal tasting: within 6 weeks after opening

Brewing Instructions

For the second and third brew, use the exact same water quantity and temperature but steep the leaves only for 60s. After the third you can gently increase the temperature as per tasting.

tea leaves Tea for 2
6g / 0.21 oz

water dosimeter Water
30ml / ~ 1.00 fl oz

tea spoons Temperature
40C / 104F

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Kiya Yasuhiko the Third (heir and third owner of Kiya-horyouen) is a certified Japanese Tea Appraiser (out of a total of 39 in Japan). He works to spread new ideas and concepts about Japanese tea and promote Yame tea, gyokuro and tea culture in general.

We are honored to propose Kiya san’s incredible teas and be able to collaborate together on new ways to enjoy green tea by going beyond the traditional approach.

Kiya san has developed exclusive teas for IKKYU. His deep and unique knowledge of tea along with the quality of Kiya san’s products will lift you to the highest levels of Japanese green tea.

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