Organic Gyokuro Haruto
Organic gyokuro Haruto is a new variety of gyokuro that was only registered about 6 years ago and is relatively rare on the market. It is only grown by a handful of farms in Kyushu, with our particular gyokuro grown in Shibushi City, Kagoshima Prefecture. It is harvested earlier in the season than typical and the risk of frost damage is high. Because of the difficulty in growing it, the fact that it's a very new and rare breed, it's unlikely you will encounter this very often in the future. We had the opportunity to carry it this year, we tried it, and we were quite impressed.
This particular gyokuro is a very high quality green tea that has won awards in Japan. It is a variety with elegant sweetness and umami with dark green tea leaves.
As you may be aware, there are not a lot of organic gyokuro green teas that are what you would call superb, but Haruto is an exception to that general trend. Yes, the price is a bit more expensive than your regular sencha green tea, but considering that less than 1% of all green tea is grown and harvested as gyokuro, and even more rare an organic one that's this superb, that's just how it rolls with a tea of this caliber.
We find this tea to be very delightful with complex, strong umami notes and after taste. Thoroughly delicious when brewed correctly, probably best made in a shiboridashi teapot with care. As with all gyokuro, it is shade grown for about three weeks before harvesting, giving it a greener color and sweeter taste. Once you learn to make it properly, you wil be hooked for life!
This is not really a beginner green tea, care must be taken when brewing. Be sure to read our brewing instructions as it is brewed differently than sencha: How to Brew Gyokuro - Step-by-Step Instructions!
Organic gyokuro Haruto is available in 100 gm packages.
- $27.20 USD
- Shipping Weight110 g
- Loose Leaf
- Ease of BrewingSomewhat Difficult - May take some practice to get it perfect.
- Net Weight100 g / 3.52 oz
- Growing RegionKagoshima Prefecture
- HarvestFirst and/or Shincha
- ShadingFull Shade (Gyokuro / Matcha)
- First infusions per Pkg20
- 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)150-180
- NotesGrown by a dedicated organic gyokuro farmer, loaded with umami flavor!
- Aaron TaylorMay 5, 2023, 03:16(2022 crop) I am not a fan of most gyokuros, as usually they are pumped with a lot of synthetic chemical nitrated ferts, and I have felt off after drinking some of them. Some of them are steamed longer than I like; this one is not. A lot of them are over focused on umami. This organic version is real good, and a bit different than the standard gyokuros . It has a delicious nutty roasted flavor, that is very clean and strong, with just the right amount of umami. It makes you feel nice too. Although recommended brewing parameters produce the best cup, I brew this one similar to a sencha at 158F for 1 min 15 sec( or bit lower around 155F), and use the standard .6 gm per ounce to get a better value. I highly recommend this tea!