Flavor: fresh peas, sunshine, butter
Gyokuro literally means "jade dew" which refers to the dark green, glossy leaves. Like the dry leaves, the cup color is also a rich, saturated green. The flavor is also concentrated with notes of raw pea and edamame. It is thick and buttery with no mineral/oceanic flavors typical in a sencha.
About two weeks prior to harvest, gyokuro bushes are shaded to slow down leaf growth. This concentrates some flavor compounds but reduces polyphenol production resulting in a smooth, sweet tea without astringency. To really get the most out of gyukuro, follow the brewing instructions on the bag since they are different from other Japanese green teas.
Sample pounches contain loose leaf tea.
Jars are powder coated glass mason jars and measure approximately 3 inches in diameter by 5 inches tall.
These are the best way to store your tea! They are totally air tight and protect tea from UV light. If you buy a jar the first time and be sure to save it: you can simply order a refill bag when you need more!