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Premium Dento Hon Gyokuro

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Description

First harvest tea (2022)

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 dento hon gyokuro, but they will also delight connoisseurs.

Available in 100g bags (plain or washi wrapped).

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
Premium Dento Hon Gyokuro
Harvest
First harvest 2021
Cultivar 
Original blend made of Goko, Yabukita & Yamakai cultivars
Organic 
No
Tasting Notes

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.

FRAGRANCE

The fragrance of a cup of green tea can vary from a highly roasted aroma to a fresh one.

Preparation 1st Brew

*Given the low water temperature, don’t forget to pre-heat your teaware to enjoy your gyokuro at a warm temperature. Pour hot water in your cup(s) and tea pot before starting your brewing. 

Tea
3g /0.10oz per cup
Water
15 ml / 0.51oz per cup
Temperature
40C / 104F
Brewing
120s
Preparation 2nd Brew
Tea
3g /0.10oz per cup
Water
15 ml / 0.51oz per cup
Temperature
40C / 104F
Brewing
60s
Preparation 3rd Brew
Tea
3g /0.10oz per cup
Water
15 ml / 0.51oz per cup
Temperature
40C / 104F
Brewing
60s
Selected By

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.

Conservation & Packing
Unopened
8 months
Opened
2 weeks

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

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