First flush (shincha 2023)
HIKARU is a vibrant and rich dento-hon gyokuro made exclusively with the Yamakai cultivar by Takaki san in Yame. This emerald, needle-shaped tea embodies the wonders of Yame. It has a coating, full-bodied liquor with notes of nori, steamed artichoke hearts, and dried lily. This gyokuro should be steeped, and re-steeped, with care so that you can experience its depth and quality.
Hand-picked and following the traditional covering technique with natural rice straw mats called "sumaki" this Gyokuro is a must-have for all Gyokuro enthusiasts and a wonderful way to start for newcomers on the Gyokuro journey.
Please take extra care with the brewing instructions, as it has to be prepared with a low temperature over a long period of time (2 minutes and half). Can be re-brewed several times like all of our teas with slightly higher temperatures (60C then 70C for a third brew).
InformationNet Weight: 50gHarvest: 2023Origin: 100% Japanese tea from YameQuality and type: Premium Gyokuro Organic: No Cultivars: Yamakai Conservation: 8 months unopened Optimal tasting: within 6 weeks after opening
|Tea for 2 10g / 0.35 oz
|Water100ml / ~ 3.38 fl oz
|Temperature40C / 104F
Takaki san was born in 1973 in Hoshino Village, Yame (Fukuoka prefecture). He graduated from Yame High School and studied business and management for 7 years at Vancouver, Canada. As the first son of Takaki Green Tea Farm he naturally took over his family business in 1999 from his father.His dynamism, the excellence of his products and love of his area have raised Takaki san to the position of leading voice among young tea producers in the Yame area. His green tea has won some of the highest national awards during the recent years and many will follow in the coming years we are sure of that !