Gyokuro Box Limited Edition

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$82

5 in stock

Description

“This dento hon gyokuro is out of this world.” J. M., Vermont, USA

This limited edition, competition-grade dento hon gyokuro is the precious jewel of Kiya san, in the town of Hoshino in Yame where growing gyokuro is a long-established tradition.

A blend of yamakai and kanaya midori cultivars, it is hand-picked during the first harvest and produced in very small quantities. Its beautiful leaves are shaped like perfect long needles.

The first brew is done at very low temperatures. It yields a concentration of elegance and sweetness typical of gyokuro. Its round and rich taste swirls around the mouth and leaves a long and delicious lingering feeling.

An exceptional and rare tea for the most demanding green tea connoisseurs. The leaves can be re-brewed up to four or five times, like a sencha, and make for a delicious snack with a little pinch of salt, or ponzu sauce. Sold in five bags of eight grams each, in a beautiful wooden box signed by Kiya san.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
Competition-grade Dento Hon Gyokuro
Cultivars
Yamakai, Kanaya Midori

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
6 months

Opened
20 days

Preparation

Tea quantity (1 person)
3g /0.10oz

Water quantity
40ml /1.35oz

Temperature
40C / 104F

Brewing time
120s

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Tasting Guide

sweetness

A sweet-tasting tea is a very light tea that leaves a sensation of natural sweetness in the mouth.

UMami

Although there is no official translation of the word “umami”, some call it “savory taste”: it leaves a mild and lasting pleasant brothy after taste and is recognized as one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It also induces salivation and a furriness sensation on the tongue, stimulating the throat, the roof and the back of the mouth.

BITTERNESS

The natural bitterness of green tea comes from the way it is made. Unlike black and oolong teas, green teas are made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, which keeps the antioxidants intact, but also gives them the bitter taste. This bitterness can be regulated with the water temperature : the higher the more bitter and vice-versa.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring stimulant, found in several plants. Caffeine is water soluble, and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. In most cases, tea has much less caffeine than coffee.

CATECHINS

Catechins are a type of polyphenol (EGCG) and are the main astringency component in green tea, long known as tannins. In order to release more catechins you will need higher brewing temperature at around 80 but this will also increase the astringency and bitterness of your tea because of the caffeine. Dont use such temperatures for Gyokuro.

THEANINE

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

ASTRINGENCY

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

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Gyokuro Box Limited Edition

$82

5 in stock

Description

“This dento hon gyokuro is out of this world.” J. M., Vermont, USA

This limited edition, competition-grade dento hon gyokuro is the precious jewel of Kiya san, in the town of Hoshino in Yame where growing gyokuro is a long-established tradition.

A blend of yamakai and kanaya midori cultivars, it is hand-picked during the first harvest and produced in very small quantities. Its beautiful leaves are shaped like perfect long needles.

The first brew is done at very low temperatures. It yields a concentration of elegance and sweetness typical of gyokuro. Its round and rich taste swirls around the mouth and leaves a long and delicious lingering feeling.

An exceptional and rare tea for the most demanding green tea connoisseurs. The leaves can be re-brewed up to four or five times, like a sencha, and make for a delicious snack with a little pinch of salt, or ponzu sauce. Sold in five bags of eight grams each, in a beautiful wooden box signed by Kiya san.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
Competition-grade Dento Hon Gyokuro
Cultivars
Yamakai, Kanaya Midori

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
6 months

Opened
20 days

Preparation

Tea quantity (1 person)
3g /0.10oz

Water quantity
40ml /1.35oz

Temperature
40C / 104F

Brewing time
120s

 

 

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