Gyokuro Asahina Extra Fine

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145 °F / 62 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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Translated “Jewel Dew”, Gyokuro belongs to the world’s finest and rarest teas; originally made in the historic Uji tea gardens near Kyoto. Before harvesting, the bushes are covered with straw shades to slow their growth. The result is an exquisite tea that is low in tannins. This Gyokuro Extra Fine consists only of the tender, dark green leaf tips from the first harvest. It is very flavorful and has a fresh, flowery aroma. This mild, vitalizing tea has found many friends among green tea novices and tea enthusiasts alike.

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A very low temperature and short steep time is suggested by SpecialTeas for this tea, and I recommend it as well.

The aroma of the dry leaf is vegetal with pleasant floral notes. Upon brewing – or I should say, when I finished brewing and strained the tea through my smart brewing device, I could smell a very pungent vegetable scent… like freshly steamed vegetables with butter.

The flavor of this tea is excellent. The vegetative flavor is softer than the aroma suggests, it is smooth and buttery, with a slight bitter undertone. There is also a fruit essence. It amazes me that this much flavor came at such a low temperature with such a short steeping time – especially after my last cup of tea (Lupicia’s green paradise).

A very pleasant, complex cup of tea, making me eager to seek out other Gyokuro teas.

140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec

I’ve only had Adagio’s so far, but that was exactly my impression as well — eager to seek out other Gyokuros.


I’m SO glad SpecialTeas gives Japanese greens the respect they deserve in terms of steeping parameters!


I am absolutely in love with this tea. I also have a small sampling of Den’s Gyokuro, but I’ve been kind of hoarding it. LOL


For the second infusion, I steeped at 140 degrees for just 45 seconds, according to the suggested brewing parameters by SpecialTeas (they suggested a shorter brew time for the second and third infusion)… the flavor is smoother in this second infusion, but still very flavorful – delightful! Love it!

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Tastes like Asparagus! YUMMY!
Smells like it too!
Yeah…all-around Asparagus in the form of a tea and I think it’s GRAND!

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Great green tea with many subtle complexities. Really prefer this to any sencha I have tried thus far. Nice vegetal/grassy notes when dry and great aroma when steeped. Light green to pale yellow when steeped.

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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