As usual, our Japanese Tea Master, Takada-San, has produced another
stunning harvest for us. This renowned Japanese tea is shaded for a
minimum of 20 days prior to harvest to enhance color, flavor, and
nutritional value. Imperial Gyokuro comes from Uji, the region where
Gyokuro's unusual and complicated growing technique was invented.
Originally, this tea was so rare that it was reserved exclusively for
the ruling Shogun of Japan!
The name "Gyokuro" translates to Jade Dew, highlighting its intense
green color both in the leaf and in the cup. The 2014 edition of
Imperial Gyokuro is a feast for eyes, nose, and palate. It presents
small, deep green, needle-like leaves that deliver the its thick and
chewy texture with its trademark bursts of "green" flavor. Grown in
cold northern Japan, Gyokuro is fundamentally different from most
modern-day Chinese green teas. Instead of offering a complex matrix of
flavors and drinking experiences, Gyokuro is focused on providing an
extreme - and extremely delicious - blast of jade-green color, potent
fresh aroma, mouth-filling texture, and a concentrated, sweet taste.