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Uji Karigane Gyokuro "Asagiri"


Score: 4.57. Votes: 7

From Uji, near Kyoto, Uji Karigane Gyokuro "Asagiri" is a high quality blend of first harvest gyokuro leaf and gyokuro stems. Gyokuro is shade grown before harvesting, giving it a greener color and sweeter taste. While this is a very delicious green tea in it's own right, since brewing gyokuro takes practice to perfect we feel this green tea also makes a very good introduction to gyokuro brewing at an economical price point. The added stems add a tartness to this green tea and the combination of the two make this one very tasty Japanese green tea.

It is prepared in exactly the same way as regular gyokuro, meaning more leaf brewed at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. Use 10 grams per 300ml or less of water. Be sure to pre-heat teapot and teacups and brew at 55-60C (131~140F) for 1.5~2 minutes: How to Brew Gyokuro - Step-by-Step Instructions!

Available in 100gm packages.

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  • Weight
    110 g
  • SKU
    16301
  • Loose Leaf
    • Ease of Brewing
      Somewhat Difficult - May take some practice to get it perfect.
    • Net Weight
      100 g / 3.52 oz
    • Growing Region
      100% Uji
    • Year
      2016
    • Harvest
      First and/or Shincha
    • Breed
      Yabukita
    • Shading
      Full Shade (Gyokuro / Matcha)
    • Steaming
      Light
    • Color
      Green
    • Aroma
      Medium
    • Taste
      Sweet
    • Astringency
      Mild
    • Clarity
      Clear
    • First infusions per Pkg
      12
    • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
      1.2 g to 1 oz/30 ml
    • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
      60℃ (140℉)
    • Brew Time (Seconds)
      150
    • Notes
      A very good introductory gyokuro and delicious in it's own right
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Score: 4.57. Votes: 7
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  • Nick Hardersen
    Dec 9, 2014, 06:27
    This tea is an interesting one. I give it 3 stars due to the fact that I find you must use a ton of leaf to get a good taste out of this tea. The amount of tea needed is just wasteful to be honest. Also, I have found that 2 quality steeps are about as much as you can hope to get out of this one. HOWEVER, when you do brew it correctly, which really has not been very hard, the taste is really phenomenal. The umami is insanely good. If this review was strictly for taste, I would give it 5 stars. But the fact that you have to use quite a lot of leaf (and even then it doesn't hold up well to many re-steeps). I would buy this one again if it was not for this. O-cha's teas are usually phenomenal, I just do not feel this one is worth the money. Just spend a few extra $$ and get some gyokuro. Their Yame gyokuro is great and not much more expensive. 
  • Milan Gerec
    Sep 11, 2014, 18:08
    Very nice gyokuro. I brew it first with 50°C hot water then 2 more times with 60° and 3rd time with boiling water. You can try one brew with 45° foor 5mins. 
  • Alexey Iskhakov
    Jan 27, 2014, 12:00
    Exellent  tea. It has such sweet taste with a small pitch of acidity, and great aftertaste. No astrigence at all. It is really hard to brew it with instructions provided on page. So, after some experimenting, I found that the best way to brew it with hot 85-89C water for 20 - 25 seconds. It allow two flushes without losing a taste, and taste is fading on after.
  • Anthony Sosso
    Jan 28, 2013, 10:30
    Only okay.  Definitely finicky with brewing temperature and times, so play around with it.  Generally somewhere in the 130-140 Fahrenheit range was best.
  • James Grove
    Dec 28, 2012, 12:00
    This is an easy gyokuro. It has everything that Japanese shincha has to offer, sweetness, tartiness, and that rich umami flavor. I say that this is an easy gyokuro, because it is neither of these things in excess. It is also very forgiving, and very easy to brew. I suggest using 1.0 grams/ounce, but it won't make much of a difference. Yet, for these very reasons, I prefer other gyokuros to this one. It lacks the full, clean taste of the other teas on this site, and, to me, feels very unrewarding.
  • Desha Lang
    Mar 6, 2009, 09:00
    I love this gyokuro for it's different and exciting flavor. It's not as 'thick' on the palate as others because of the tartness from the stems. This gives it a complex and refreshing flavor and has become my favorite for taste and aroma.
  • Olivier Coclet
    Mar 3, 2009, 09:00
    This karigane gyokuro is easy to brew and gives three good steeps. It could be a nice alternative to gyokuro if you want to have gyokuro on a daily basis.

Product questions

  • Joshua Harding
    May 31, 2016, 10:43

    I've been drinking sencha, shincha, kabusecha, and matcha for many years, but I've never tried gyokuro and I'd like to try some. Would this be a good beginner one, or should I go for any of the ones in the higher price range?

    O-Cha.com Staff
    May 31, 2016, 10:58

    This would be a very good tea to practice your gyokuro brewing technique with because it does take some practice to get gyokuro brewing down correctly. This tea is also quite good in it's own right, we consider this to be a "sleeper" as many do not recognize it's quality.

    Uji Gyokuro Shōun would also be a good starter gyokuro.