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Gyokuro Green Tea |Master Sakamoto Organic Garden | 1.5 OZ

Gyokuro Green Tea |Master Sakamoto Organic Garden | 1.5 OZ

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Gyokuro Green Tea |Master Sakamoto Organic Garden | 1.5 OZ Information

Water Temperature:
Brewing Time:
90 seconds. Drink. Infuse again and again.
Premium organic green tea
Kagoshima, Japan

This organic Wakamusha (young warrior) Gyokuro is grown and harvested in Kagoshima Prefecture, a pristine area surrounded by immense natural beauty and enriched with volcanic soil. Elmwood owner Bruce Richardson visited Master Sakamoto and his incredible garden on the island of Kyushu, where the two were interviewed on Japanese television. Sakamoto is passionate about the quality of his soil, which is the richest we have seen.

Gyokuro is admired as the highest grade of Japanese green tea. Master Sakamoto uses a unique two-step shading protocol: three weeks before harvest, one layer of shading is placed over the bushes. A week later, the second layer of shading is added, which places the tea plants in nearly total darkness for the final two weeks before plucking. At harvest, the leaves are immediately steamed, dried, and carefully rolled into distinctive shapes resembling pine needles.

Gyokuro is harvested only once a year in the early spring. The delicate flavor and slightly sweet aftertaste make Gyokuro the choice of green-tea connoisseurs. Perfect for cold-steeping! Because it is shade-grown, this tea has the highest concentration of the catechin EGCG, one of the most powerful antioxidants found in plants.

Of utmost importance, severe shading helps create more umami flavor—a taste unique to Japan—as the plant stores additional L-theanine in the leaf. L-theanine is an amino acid that mostly develops in the roots of the tea plant. As it moves into the tea leaves, it reduces back to the previous components, which, when exposed to sunlight, help form catechins. Shading, therefore, prevents the creation of catechins that can give tea an astringent or bitter taste.

Yields multiple infusions. Steep like a tea professional, and never use boiling water on green tea. 165-175F is the optimal temperature.

Great for cold-steeping in one of our iced tea flasks.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Caroline Smith
Superior Tea Made in the Shade

I have been enjoying Master Sakamoto's gyokuro tea for some years now. The taste is superior to other gyokuro teas that I have purchased and I experience a calmer,yet more alert state of mind to begin my day. I use a scant teaspoon/per cup of purified water rather than the 1/2 teaspoon recommended and enjoy multiple infusions!