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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.