Shirakawa Uji Gyokuro
  • A Tsuen Tea!
  • Rare!

      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.

      Score: 4.83 (votes: 12)
      Reviews: 12
      • ¥4,280 JPY
      • 42   – Reward points
      In stock

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      • Aaron Taylor
        Aug 12, 2023, 06:06
        Not my cup of tea, amd miss the Gyokuros of old. This one taste like sweet wheatgrass, as the green chlorophyll taste is very prominent. For most people, they will love it.

      • Dylan Stevenson
        Aug 28, 2017, 18:09
        Really great gyokuro. One of the best I've had.
      • BDL
        May 31, 2017, 01:05
        I've drank many teas in my life: white teas, sencha greens, a few gyokuro's, different quality matcha's, etc... So I thought I had a pretty solid idea of how teas tasted. And then I got this one...

        This is a very special tea. I had no idea tea could even taste like this: big, buttery, solid and evolving. With a long aftertaste, where other teas have long lost theirs.

        I brew it with a small shiboridashi teapot, 5 grams tea, 80 ml of bottled water around 50 degrees Celsius. Perfect that way for about 5 servings.

        Highly recommended for that special tea moment.
        May 27, 2017, 00:36
        WOW, I am so Happy to have found O-Cha online, I use to live in Japan for five years back in the 90's, and how i missed that local green tea. Since then I have buying Gyokuro from Teavana, and let me tell you, once I got my Shirakawa Uji tea, talk about night and day difference. I am not sure where Teavana gets there green tea, but from now on I would rather and will get my tea straight from the source. The taste is just phenomenal. O-Cha has a customer for life. Oh and one thing, the shipping had me at a surprise, it super fast from Japan, very very Happy.
      • Nancy Hall
        Feb 10, 2017, 23:52
        One of my favorite green teas. No bitter taste. Simply delicious!
      • Michael Lowes
        May 18, 2016, 14:09
        I am using a shiboridashi and a thermometer or the shibordashi and a yuzamashi to prepare gyokuro. Wonderful tea. Simple and easy to control process. Could not imagine this quality of tea from any other source since I live on the Oregon Coast.
      • Hee@@@@
        Apr 21, 2016, 18:43
        Yum on this tea ... Highly recommend on this one ... I use 1 tsp leaves n 20 ml cold spring water ... Let it sit 7 min ... Wow sooo sweet ...I brew about 6 times in less water ...I love this tea so much ... Thank you O-cha for great Tea !!!
      • Sean Hardcastle
        Jun 30, 2015, 06:42
        My second pack of Uji Shirakawa Gyokuro. I recommend this to all lovers of Gyokuro. It is an experience not to be missed.
        • SKU
        • Shipping Weight
          30 g
      • Loose Leaf
        • Ease of Brewing
          Experts Only!
        • Net Weight
          30 g / 1.05 oz
        • Growing Region
          100% Uji
        • Year
        • Harvest
          First and/or Shincha
        • Breed
        • Shading
          Full Shade (Gyokuro / Matcha)
        • Steaming
        • Color
        • Aroma
        • Taste
        • Astringency
        • Clarity
        • First infusions per Pkg
        • Organic
        • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
          2.1 g to 1 oz/30 ml
        • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
          50℃ (122℉)
        • Brew Time (Seconds)
        • Notes
          Probably the best gyokuro you will ever try in your life, rare! Be sure to correctly pre-heat all vessels and brew at correct temperature.

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