Kuki Gyokuro (Stems)

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Asparagus, Bitter, Freshly Cut Grass, Sweet, Vegetables
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195 °F / 90 °C 6 oz / 165 ml

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Being a shade-cultivated tea, gyokuro is rich in theanine-an amino acid responsible for gyokuro’s full-bodied mellow sweetness and slightly viscous nature.
In Japan, there is a special name for this taste: umami.
Generally, the higher the grade, the richer the umami taste.

While many teas are served hot and consumed as a means to quench a thirst, gyokuro is different. A typical serving is a precious 1/3 of a teacup at a very comfortable 60 C. Indeed, gyokuro’s refined luxurious taste is meant to be savored, not rushed.

For seasoned gyokuro drinkers interested in a tea with a rich, robust character, Ippodo offers Karigane. Unlike the tightly twisted leaves of regular gyokuro, Karigane consists of leaf stems. Highly recommended for gyokuro devotees looking for a high-quality taste at an attractive price.

If you are purchasing this tea for your own consumption, this 100g bag is a good choice.
It contains enough tea for about 10 kyusu (Japanese teapot) servings, perfect if you like to drink gyokuro once a day or so. To enjoy the freshest taste, please try to use the tea within 2 weeks of opening the package. If you are trying gyokuro for the first time, we recommend that you consider starting with a 50g bag of Rimpo instead.

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Kuki (stems) guyokuro. By ippodo

Dry stems: veggie like

Wet stems: intensified veggies

Light steep: I taste/smell; light veggies, asparagus, freshly cut grass , sweet and slight to light bitterness.

Medium steep: I taste/smell; medium veggies, fresh cut grass, asparagus and bitterness. Little to no sweetness.

Heavy steep: (skipped due to possible strong bitterness) sometimes i can stand bitter teas (can be pleasant) however, sometimes it’s unpleasant. i’m not going to risk it

All in all, this tea is nice but it’s not the best from japan that I’ve had. I rate 90 and suggest one try this tea with a bit of caution. (Possible bitterness)

Flavors: Asparagus, Bitter, Freshly Cut Grass, Sweet, Vegetables

195 °F / 90 °C 2 tsp 6 OZ / 165 ML

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