First flush (shincha 2023)
Tea Master Kiya san skillfully blended the handpicked and shaded leaves from the Goko, Yabukita and Yamakai cultivars to bring you this rare dento hon gyokuro from Hoshinomura (Yame).
Discover a golden delicacy, rich in amino acids, sweet and filled with umami. Enjoy how its rich and thick liquor coats your tongue and palate for a lingering savory taste, enhanced by the careful blending of cultivars.
Its sweetness and very light astringency make it the perfect choice to take your first steps into the world of Yame dento gyokuro, but they will also delight connoisseurs.
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.
You may enjoy this tea by itself or pair it with a wagashi or a higashi (a dried and pressed wagashi with a lower moisture content). If you would like to enjoy this tea with food, you may pair it with sashimi and other raw fish dishes.You might also like to taste the tea with a piece of chocolate to see how the flavors balance and contrast with one another.
InformationNet Weight: 100gHarvest: 2023Origin: 100% Japanese tea from YameQuality and type: Premium Gyokuro Organic: No Cultivars: Goko, Yabukita, Yamakai Conservation: 8 months unopened Optimal tasting: within 6 weeks after opening
Brewing InstructionsFor 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 for 2 6g / 0.21 oz
|Water30ml / ~ 1.00 fl oz
|Temperature40C / 104F
Kiya Yasuhiko the Third (heir and third owner of Kiya-Hoyuen) 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.