Gyokuro

Gyokuro green tea

Gyokuro is celebrated as the zenith of Japanese green teas, constituting less than half a percent of all the green tea produced in Japan. This rare and exquisite tea is renowned for its distinctive cultivation method. Approximately three weeks before harvest, the tea bushes are covered to block out 90% of sunlight. This intensive shading technique significantly enhances the tea's flavor and aroma, resulting in a deeply rich and smooth experience.

Due to the elaborate care and labor-intensive process involved in its production, gyokuro is considered a luxury and commands a higher price than other green teas. Brewing gyokuro is an art in itself, requiring careful attention to water temperature and tea ware preparation to fully appreciate its exceptional qualities.

How to Brew Gyokuro - Step-by-Step Instructions! 

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        Uji Gyokuro Yume no Ukihashi

        O-Cha.com proudly presents one of the highest grades of gyokuro available, Uji Gyokuro "Yume no Ukihashi," a treasure from Tsuen Tea, Japan’s oldest continuously operating tea shop situated on the historic banks of the Uji river since 1160. This exquisite first flush gyokuro is meticulously handpicked and crafted from a proprietary blend of the "Gokou" and "Yabukita" green tea cultivars, with "Gokou" taking a prominent role.

        Renowned for its cultivation under shade, this gyokuro offers a richer green hue and a distinctly sweeter taste compared to other green teas. The delicate and refined flavor profile of Uji Gyokuro "Yume no Ukihashi" promises an enchanting tea experience that, once mastered, is sure to captivate any tea enthusiast.

        This connoisseur-grade gyokuro is sophisticated in its complexity and is not typically recommended for beginners. To fully appreciate its unique qualities, be sure to follow our specific brewing instructions, tailored to enhance this gyokuro's exceptional characteristics.

        Available in 100g packages, Uji Gyokuro "Yume no Ukihashi" invites you to partake in a luxurious journey through the rich heritage and refined tastes of one of the finest green teas in the world.

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            Gyokuhō Uji Gyokuro

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                Fujitsubo Uji Gyokuro

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                    Shirakawa Gyokuro

                    We are proud to present the prestigious Uji Shirakawa Gyokuro, the highest grade of gyokuro available from Tsuen Tea, Japan’s oldest continuously operating tea shop located in Uji near Kyoto. This limited-edition gyokuro is a testament to our commitment to providing only the finest teas. It is a rare opportunity for us to share such an exceptional product, sourced directly from the Tsuen family who have been serving quality teas by the Uji river since 1160.

                    Cultivated in the revered Shirakawa region, this gyokuro is a product of meticulous care and traditional methods. Shade-grown before harvesting, it boasts a richer green color and a sweeter flavor, distinct characteristics of top-tier gyokuro. This tea is especially rare, made entirely from hand-picked Gokou cultivar leaves and shaded using traditional straw and reed screens, rather than modern shade cloth.

                    This "old school" approach to tea cultivation not only enhances its quality but also its authenticity. Uji Shirakawa Gyokuro is not typically recommended for beginners due to its sophisticated brewing requirements. It's a connoisseur’s choice, perfect for those who have mastered the art of brewing gyokuro and appreciate its delicate nuances.

                    Available in 30-gram packages, this exquisite gyokuro is for those looking to indulge in one of the finest green teas Japan has to offer. Visit our read our, how to brew gyokuro page for detailed brewing instructions and prepare to be captivated by this luxurious tea experience.

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                        Gyokuhō Uji Gyokuro

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                            Tsurujirushi Uji Gyokuro

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                                Yame Gyokuro

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                                    Uji Gyokuro Shōun

                                    Introducing Uji Gyokuro Shōun, an exquisite first flush gyokuro sourced from a renowned, centuries-old tea firm in Uji, Japan. This premium green tea is cultivated with meticulous care, shade-grown before harvesting to enhance its vibrant green color and naturally sweeter taste. Uji Gyokuro Shōun represents the epitome of Japanese tea craftsmanship, offering a depth of flavor that is both refined and intensifying.

                                    Mastering the brewing process of this gyokuro is essential to fully appreciate its unique qualities. Unlike sencha, gyokuro requires a specific brewing technique to unlock its full potential. We encourage you to follow our detailed step-by-step brewing instructions to ensure a perfect cup every time: How to Brew Gyokuro - Step-by-Step Instructions!

                                    Available in 100-gram packages, Uji Gyokuro Shōun is ideal for those who seek to immerse themselves in the rich, luxurious flavors of authentic Japanese gyokuro. Embrace this opportunity to explore one of the highest quality teas available and discover why it captivates tea enthusiasts worldwide.


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                                        Uji Gyokuro Kamejirushi

                                        Experience the pinnacle of luxury with our Uji Gyokuro "Kamejirushi", sourced from a prestigious and historic tea firm in Uji City, near Kyoto. This tea stands as one of our highest quality offerings, with rave reviews that attest to its exceptional character. Gyokuro is renowned for its cultivation process, being shade-grown before harvest which intensifies its vibrant green color and enriches its flavor with a distinctive sweetness.

                                        Uji Gyokuro "Kamejirushi" promises a tea experience that could become a lifelong passion once you master its brewing technique. This high-quality gyokuro is an investment in your tea appreciation journey, and we recommend following our detailed brewing instructions "How to Brew Gyokuro - Step-by-Step Instructions!" to ensure you capture the full potential of its exquisite flavors.

                                        Available in 50-gram packages, Uji Gyokuro "Kamejirushi" is perfect for those who seek to savor the sophisticated taste and aromatic pleasures of a truly premium Japanese green tea.

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                                            Karigane Gyokuro Asagiri - From Uji

                                            Introducing Uji Karigane Gyokuro "Asagiri" from Uji, near Kyoto—a superb blend that combines the first harvest of gyokuro leaves with gyokuro stems. Known for its shade-grown cultivation, gyokuro boasts a greener hue and a naturally sweeter taste compared to more commonly found green teas. This specific blend enriches the classic gyokuro with the addition of stems, introducing a delightful tartness that complements its sweetness.

                                            Uji Karigane Gyokuro "Asagiri" offers a perfect introduction to brewing gyokuro, especially for those new to this style, at an economical price. The brewing process mirrors that of traditional gyokuro: use more leaf, brew at lower temperatures, and allow a longer steeping time to fully develop its depth and character. We recommend using 10 grams of tea per 300ml or less of water, pre-heating your teapot and teacups, and brewing at 55-60°C (131-140°F) for 1.5 to 2 minutes.

                                            Available in 100gm packages, Uji Karigane Gyokuro "Asagiri" is an excellent choice for anyone eager to explore the refined taste of a premium Japanese green tea.

                                            How to Brew Gyokuro - Step-by-Step Instructions!

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                                                Gyokuro Green Tea Bags

                                                New & Improved Gyokuro Tea Bags

                                                We finally came across a gyokuro green tea bag of a high quality that is worthy of our lineup. Unlike the vast majority of green tea tea bags you run across, each of our Gyokuro Green Tea Bags consists of 5 grams of high quality gyokuro leaf (not tea dust).  There are a few gyokuro stems in this tea bag which give the tea a slight astringency but the main flavor is gyokuro all the way.

                                                This tea bag comes in a triangular, biodegradable (not plastic or nylon) mesh infusion bag and will not affect the taste as traditional paper teabags are known to do. A wonderful grassy aroma awaits you when you open the re-sealable package.

                                                As of November 2020, the tea bag material used for our Uji green tea bags is composed of a starch based biomass material derived from plants. In addition to the filter, the laminate on the tag and string of this product also incorporate the same environmentally-friendly material.

                                                One package includes (16) five-gram high quality gyokuro tea bags, try some today!

                                                 

                                                Instructions for Brewing Gyokuro Tea Bag

                                                To achieve the best results when brewing gyokuro tea, it is crucial to manage the temperature carefully. Here is a recommended procedure using two cups:

                                                1. Pour hot water (90°C / 194°F) into the first cup and allow it to sit for approximately one minute. This step will cause the temperature of the water to decrease (refer to detailed product images for guidance).

                                                2. Transfer the water from the first cup to the second cup. This action will further reduce the water's temperature (detailed product images provide more information).

                                                3. Place the tea bag into the now pre-warmed first cup and pour the water from the second cup back into the first cup, over the tea bag. The ideal brewing temperature is 55°C / 131°F. Allow the tea to brew for 2.5 to 3 minutes, which is longer than the typical brewing time for sencha tea. After brewing, move the used tea bag to the second cup for any additional infusions.


                                                 

                                                 
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                                                            Gyokuro Green Tea Bags

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                                                          At O-Cha.com, we offer connoisseur-grade gyokuro green teas that are meticulously stored under refrigeration and freshly packaged shortly (1-2 weeks) before they are shipped. This ensures that you experience the ultimate freshness and sublime taste of our premium gyokuro. Indulge in the luxury of gyokuro today and elevate your tea-drinking experience to new heights.

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