Gyokuro Imperial

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160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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From Georgia Tea Company

Gyokuro, whose name means “jade dew” is Japan’s finest and often costliest tea. It is not uncommon for a pound of the rarest Gyokuro to sell for thousands of dollars. What makes this variety unique? While the young leaves of the spring flush develop, the tea bushes are shaded from sun for three weeks. The sun-deprived tea that grows in the shade is high in chlorophyll, which makes it darker than normal, but lower in tannins, which makes it sweeter and mild tasting.

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6768 tasting notes

Another Tea I won during the Georgia Tea Company Steepster Trivia last month! Woot!
Smells like lightly buttered veggies. Is semi-murky yellowish-green color.
Taste is…pretty yummy. It’s light and green – not grassy but not juicy either. It’s on the verge of sweet but not quite at that finish line. No funky aftertaste – I guess you could say light and fluffy and enjoyable. I like this!

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2145 tasting notes

I’ve been in a bit of a green tea mood lately, so much so that I’ve managed to run through an entire ounce of gyokuro in three days. Georgia Tea Co. suggested using “close to boiling water,” I felt that was way to hot so went with 175, which is the lowest temperature my hot water pot allows. I still think that is still hotter than I should be using, my first few cups were a bit on the astringent side, but still drinkable. Once I lowered the temperature again I was rewarded with the subtly sweet, yet vegetal flavor that I was expecting.

I should probably warn you, this tea left me craving sushi, or at the very least Chinese takeout.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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4843 tasting notes

This is a lovely Gyokuro – sweet, slightly nutty, and vegetative. Not grassy, more of a fresh steamed vegetable taste. It reminds me of spring, like the freshest spring-harvest vegetables that have been lightly steamed. YUM! A very soothing brew.

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