Kurihara Premium Gyokuro

Kurihara premium gyokuroThis gyokuro comes from Fukuoka prefecture, and is made by the Kurihara family tea farm.

It’s not everyday that I get to drink gyokuro, so I was very excited about this review!

I used my houhin (a Japanese teapot often used for gyokuro), yuzamashi (cooling vessel) and matching cup (guinomi). Gyokuro is brewed with very little water, so it’s best if you use a small cup.

The leaves have an intense green color, and are all nicely rolled into fine, shiny needles. It’s a feast to the eyes.

Houhin set and kurihara premium gyuokuroThe smell has sweetness to it and a sense of freshness. Other gyokuro that I have tried don’t have this feature, they just smell deeply vegetal (if you know what I mean) and not that sweet.

You should try comparing it yourself if you get the chance.

Let’s brew it

I used 4 grams of tea, 20 ml of water at 50 °C (122 °F) and brewed for 2 minutes. It’s pretty much the standard way to brew this type of Japanese green tea.

brewed kurihara premium gyokuroThe liquid color is a greenish yellow. It looks very nice.

Smelling the cup I notice notes of baby spinach, seaweed and sweetness. Definitely a gyokuro.

Now for the tasting, I have to concentrate. It’s such a small amount in the tiny cup, that I can only try it a few times :-).

The baby spinach is there, along with a buttery flavor. It has good body, you can feel a “thickness” and there’s very little astringency. I couldn’t detect any bitterness.

To sum it up, it was excellent.

Can’t stop here with gyokuro

For a delicacy such as gyokuro, re-steeping is a must.

I did four infusions, each using the same temperature and increasing the steeping time a bit (no more than 30 extra seconds). The results are as follows:

  • 2nd infusion: Very similar to the first. Intensity of flavor didn’t really drop. Great cup of tea.
  • 3rd infusion: There’s still a good color of the liquid. However, the characteristic gyokuro taste is absent. A slight bitterness also appearead, but still a good cup of tea.
  • 4rth infusion: Lighter flavor than the 3rd and a bit more bitter, but still enjoyable. I say it’s like a good cup of sencha.

It was fun to make all the infusions, and I give this gyokuro a high rating.

If you’re interested, buy this Kurihara Premium Gyokuro from Yunomi.us. By the way, I bought the teaware you see in the pictures from the same online store.

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