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This gyokuro is rich and impossibly soft in texture. Of our producer's collection, this is one of their highest grades, as showcased in the pristine, needle-like tea leaves and light-colored brew. We encourage you to try brewing it as an "umami bomb," with just 30 ml of water. It possesses no bitterness and no astringency. It is from the same skilled producer who makes our matcha.
Our producer crafts their gyokuro following the "dentō hon" method, using traditional rice straw tarps for shading (rather than nylon, which generates too much heat), natural fertilizers, and of course, hand-picking the leaves. Yame, the region this tea hails from, has the ideal climate for growing umami-rich teas, with morning mists and river fogs enveloping the tea gardens. Yame also enjoys an inland climate-high temperature during daytime and very cool and low temperatures at night.