I had this for my morning brew, and it is reaaaally good. This tea got me very excited for spring harvest. I haven’t had any green tea since April or ay’ish, so this was a nice change. I grabbed my kyusu and warmed it up. I poured a heavy amount of these leaves into it. These small needles are a brilliant emerald green and fairly glossy. I warmed them up and they gave off an enticing aroma of creamy vegetables. I really missed the scent of Japanese greens. I brewed these up and poured myself a cup. The liquor was a beautiful shade of green. The color was so vibrant and astonishing. I tried to take a photo of it, but it was too dark this morning to capture it. I sat for some time just admiring the shade of green. The taste was fantastic. This tea has an extremely thick body with a salivating juiciness. I always think of “life water” or some sort of elixir when I drink gyokuru. This tea just has that “life giving” characteristics. I picked up a decent umami profile and some astringency in the aftertaste. This wasn’t a completely light and sweet green; instead, it was a little rough, and it carried some heavier tones. This tea gave me an amazing head high, and it really got me buzzing for work. I love that green tea energy! I really liked this brew, like a lot. I wish I had some more. This tea sparked the fire I had for green tea, so I’m counting the days until spring. I will surely stock up.
Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Nectar, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Umami, Vegetal