Gyokuro is the most elegant, exclusive and sophisticated of teas. It should scarcely be seen as a commonplace everyday tea, but rather as something you drink as a treat. It is usually in mid- April that the tea is first harvested, which is a major occasion of celebration in Japan and among tea lovers around the world. Tasting fresh Gyokuro is one of the greatest tea experiences you can have – fresh, grassy, algal aromas, crisp, elegant flavours, and a rounded sweetness. At the beginning, the cultivation and manufacturing process is similar to that undergone by all Japanese teas. But, there is a big difference about 20 days before harvesting when the tea bushes are covered with cloth or some other material so that their final growth takes place in the shade. This means that photosynthesis decreases. Rather than from solar energy, nutrition is obtained from the soil, which increases the amounts of chlorophyll, flavouring and caffeine in the tea leaves, and also creates the tea’s typical dark green colour, darker than that of most teas. Gyokuro is made exclusively from the year’s first harvest, in the spring.

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Serving suggestions

This drink is enjoyed best without any accompanying snacks. For fine-steamed teas like this, a lower brewing temperature than normal is required. Either brew the tea lightly, or do as many Japanese people, maximize its flavours by overdosing, and just shorten the brewing time so that it does not get too bitter.

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