shaded japanese green tea
Gyokuro (Kanro, 甘露, Sweet Dew or Essence) 2016
Tea types: Samidori, Yabukita, Ujihikari
Yoshida tea garden
Uji , Japan
Gyokuro Kanro (甘露, nectar, literally honeydew) is a soft, round tea that is most recognisable of its complexity. Its olive-oil-like brew has a kind, mildly astringent taste which later on turns into a sweet, tender aftertaste. While in China green teas are traditionally baked, in Japan they are usually steamed. Thanks to this process the leaves can keep their natural greenness which gives them freshness and vitalising energy.
Gyokuro is a type of shaded Japanese green tea. In the absence of sunlight the leaves grow slower, and remain more soft and juicy. Due to the shade, large amounts of amino acids concentrated in the leaves thus changing both its flavour and effect on the body.
One of Uji’s ancient tea-gardens, the Kōzan-ji (高山寺) temple is tended by the Yoshida family for nearly 500 years. This degree of proficiency echoes in their teas too: refined and extremely balanced flavours supplemented with beautiful elegance.
Quantity: 12 grams per 180ml
Water temperature: 50-55ºC. From fresh spring, mineral water or filtered water
Brewing time: 90/75/60… seconds
Infusions: 3-4 times