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Yame Gyokuro

Yame Gyokuro
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Yame Gyokuro - A "select", high quality first-flush gyokuro grown in Yame, Japan. Over 50% of all gyokuro grown in Japan comes from Yame. We probably priced this one a little too low for a gyokuro, this tea is priced at a bargain for what it is and  which customer reviews seem to confirm. Gyokuro is shade grown before harvesting, giving it a greener color and sweeter taste. Once you learn to make it properly, you wil be hooked for life! Make sure to read our brewing instructions, as it is brewed differently than sencha: How to Brew Gyokuro - Step-by-Step Instructions!

Available in 100gm packages.

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SKU 16366  
Shipping Weight 100.00 grams
Ease of Brewing Somewhat Difficult - May take some practice to get it perfect.
Grams / Ounces per Pkg 100 g / 3.52 oz
Growing Region 100% Yame (in Fukuoka Prefecture)
Kyūshū
Year Harvested 2013
Harvest First
Grown Under Full Shade
Steaming Light
Color Green
Aroma Strong
Taste Sweet
Astringency Mild
Consistency Clear
# of first infusions per Pkg 12/6
Organic No
Breed Yabukita
Recommended Brew Temp 140F / 60C
Recommended Brew Time 2.0 minutes
Recommended Leaf to Water Ratio 1.2g per 1oz (30ml) water
Notes Pre-heat all vessels, brew with care!
 
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Russell Karbach
Mar 18, 2014
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Always consistent .....as many say 'great
daily Gyokuro..I alternate between Yame
and Sho-un


Advantages: Great Price

Disadvantages: None
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Paul Paro
Aug 13, 2013
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Good daily Gyokuro, that lovely sweet taste in a less-expensive package. Though Gyokuros are known as hard to brew, this one is rather forgiving for the beginner, and makes a lovely cold brew if you can't tell your shrimp eyes from a rolling boil. Definitely a good introduction to people who think green teas are bitter and need a spoonful of sugar, I'd cry if I saw someone putting even a grain of sugar in my cup!

Advantages: Sweet, relatively easy brewing, survives multiple brews.

Disadvantages: Finicky like most gyokuros, probably not as much of the fabled mouth-feel as more premium gyokuros. Worst of all, I drink it too fast and have to wait for more! :-)
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floz
Apr 18, 2013
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a very intense gyokuro tea! recommended
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Jens Evensen
Apr 2, 2013
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This is my every-day tea. Have to be brewed with care. Nice taste once you find out
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James Grove
Dec 28, 2012
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If you love the umami taste to gyokuro, choose this tea. If you prefer a sweeter or tartier gyokuro, consider otherwise.

If you are to brew it, however, keep in mind that it is a very finicky tea, and is very prone to bitterness.

I suggest a different brewing procedure to the above. Brew at a lower temperature, approximately 135F (this might not seem like much of a difference, but trust me- it is). Use 1.0-1.1 grams per ounce, not the suggested 1.2 grams. Brew for two minutes as suggested.

Despite the seemingly harsh tone to this review, I actually love this tea, and I look forward every day to drinking it. I would advise everyone to try it at least once, if not for anything else but that quintessential umami taste.

Advantages: Incredibly full umami flavor.
Cheap.

Disadvantages: Very prone to bitterness.
Not very complex.
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