Gyokuro green tea leaves


Competition Gyokuro

Regular price $1,430.00
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A rare blend of Kirari31 and Saemidori, an exclusive Yame dento hon gyokuro for the most demanding connoisseurs and lovers of savory umami.

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With SATSUKI, we bring you one of the crown jewels of tea master Kiya san. Grown and handpicked in Yame, this dento Hon Gyokuro is an extraordinary blend of the rare and exceptional Kirari31 cultivar and the sweeter Saemidori, the two best cultivars for making gyokuro. Thanks to the skills of Kiya san, you will go on an unforgettable taste and flavor journey.

One of the main features of Kirari31 cultivar is the thicker mesophyll of its leaves that yields an exceptional level of rich and savory umami. The Saemidori cultivar brings floral and fruity notes to the cup. From the first sip, you will enjoy a savory broth-like feeling on your tongue, similar to traditional dashi soup, as well as edamame and chestnut notes. The round liquor will linger for a long while on your palate, with just the right level of astringency afterwards.

Up to five brews can be prepared with a gyokuro of such exceptional quality. We recommend following Kiya san’s steeping instructions for the first three brews.

If you’d like to learn more about Yame dento hon gyokuro, you can visit our special page about Gyokuro here as well as our Yame tea page. Please also watch the interview of Kiya san explaining about the parallels between green tea (especially gyokuro) and wine.



Net Weight: 100g
Harvest: 2023
Origin: 100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and type: Competition Gyokuro
Organic: No
Cultivars: Kirari 31, Sae-Midori
Conservation: 8 months unopened
Optimal tasting: within 4 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
3g / 0.10 oz

water dosimeter Water
15ml / ~ 0.50 fl oz

tea spoons Temperature
40C / 104F

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Tasting Guide

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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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