It’s made by Kuma Tea Gardens in the city of Yame, Fukuoka prefecture. Note that the region of Yame is famous for its gyokuro.
This tea had a perfect score at the competition. I’m very excited to discover what a flawless gyokuro tastes like!
Tasting a top quality gyokuro
I’m not sure what to expect because I’ve never tasted such a high level tea. Anyway, let’s begin.
Inside the package I felt a wonderful aroma. Very fresh, sweet and creamy.
The tea leaves have an excellent appearance as well. They are thin, tightly rolled, and only a few of them are broken.
These leaves are definitely from the first harvest, and must have been hand picked.
Regarding their color, I see a dark green with luster.
To prepare it, I used a teaspoon (4 gr) of tea, 20 ml of water at 60 °C (140 °F), and an infusion time of 2 minutes.
The wet leaves have an intense marine aroma, like seawater. There is also freshness and some sweetness.
Once I served the tea, the liquor exhibits a pale yellow-green color.
This is easily the sweetest gyokuro that I’ve ever tried.
Not in the sense of a heavy sweetness, but because the other flavors except umami are toned down. It’s a clear sweetness.
It has a good body and the refreshing aftertaste lasts long.
As all good green teas, it isn’t bitter nor astringent.
I made the second infusion using the same temperature for 1 minute.
It had pretty much the same taste. Very good.
For the third infusion, I used 30 seconds and increased the temperature to 70 °C (158 °F).
While it had less umami, it was still a good green tea.
A fourth infusion of just 15 seconds with temperature of 80 ºC (176ºF) resulted in a lighter tea. But it was still enjoyable.
The fifth and final infusion was with boiling water and for about 5 seconds. It tasted like a bancha.
I wasn’t done with this gyokuro yet, it is too precious to be wasted. So, I ate the spent tea leaves inside a salad.
At times like this I feel glad to be a tea blogger. Such a pleasure to taste this exquisite tea.
Here’s the product page from Yunomi.