This gift box combines the very essence of umami with a handmade coupe to prepare easily the perfect brew, a must for gyokuro connoisseurs. A limited edition. Tea master Kiya san and IKKYU are delighted to present you the gift box JIN that brings together one of the rarest green teas that you can find, a dento hon gyokuro made from Kirari 31 cultivar in Yame, and a beautiful "Shizukucha" coupe handmade by Yamamoto Genta (78 years-old) in Hoshino village.
Through decades of relentless work, Yamamoto san has revived the Hoshino pottery style. The master designed the Shizukucha coupe so that everyone can enjoy the sweetness of Yame dento hon gyokuro at home. Shaped like a petal, with wavy glazed edges and a diameter of about 10 cm, its center isn't glazed to prevent the leaves from moving around. With this innovative method, you don't need to use a teapot. Simply place 2g of leaves at the center, pour delicately 40ml of water (amount per person), make sure all the leaves are covered, and wait 120 seconds for the first brew, then 60 seconds for the next brews. The water needs to be cooled down first, at around 40C (104F).
With only 5 kilos made every year, this dento hon gyokuro made from Kirari31 cultivar can be compared to caviar, champagne or liquid gold, and is usually presented to the most demanding tea fair competitions. It has received the “Geographical Indication” label from the national government, guaranteeing that it was grown and produced according to the traditional methods. The main feature of this single-origin gyokuro is its exceptional level of umami, thanks to the thicker mesophyll of Kirari 31 leaves, compared to what you can find in the already highly rated Saemidori cultivar (mesophyll is the inner tissue of a leaf, that contains many chloroplasts).
Combined with less astringency, dento hon gyokuro made from Kirari 31 yields a rich and sweet liquor with a long finish. In line with the traditions behind the making of every Yame dento hon gyokuro, its tea leaves were hand-picked one by one during the first harvest, in steep tea fields at 300 meters above sea level. If you’d like to learn more about Yame dento hon gyokuro, you can visit our special page about Gyokuro here
and also our Yame tea page
Please also watch the interview of Kiya san
explaining about the parallels between green tea (especially gyokuro) and wine. In his interview, Kiya san brews a Kirari 31 gyokuro.
*This product is made at time of order in low quantities. If it is in backorder, it will take about 5-7 days to ship as the potter will prepare the Shizukucha coupe for you.