KAGOSHIMA SHIBUSHI GYOKURO
Category: Green Tea
Origin: JAPAN, Kagoshima Prefecture, Shibushi region.
Quantity: 30g per pack
Harvest: Spring Harvest (April)
This Gyokuro from Shibushi in Kagoshima prefecture is made from the Yabukita (やぶきた) cultivar, which is the most used in Japan.
Yabukita cultivar covers around 75% of the area of Japanese tea fields (data from the year 2010) and 90% in Shizuoka prefecture, where it was developed. This cultivar is resistant to cold weather, takes root easily, produces a good yield, and can be cultivated in different kinds of soil and climate. Best of all, its has a strong aroma and a good flavor.
GYOKURO (meaning Jade Dew) is a tea produced in a shaded plantation. The shading technique in Kagoshima is obtained using sheets directly covering the tea trees. The plantation is shaded for about 20 days or more. Shading the trees inhibits the photosynthesis process, changing the ratio between the catechins and amino acids, thus resulting in a tea with more sweetness and umami.
This organic Gyokuro is marvelous and does not suffer from a lack of intensity. It is lightly sweet and has a lingering umami flavor while being very pure and clean.
4g (0.14oz) of leaves per serving
80ml of water at 60°C (140°F) per serving
First brew: 90 seconds
Subsequent brews: 10-15 seconds