With a mellow sweetness that softens the heart, Gyokuro is the very best of Japan's green teas. Before harvesting, the tea bushes are shaded so that the leaves develop a higher chlorophyll level and less tannin. The result is a very refined tea with dark green leaves, a sweet, mild flavor and a fresh, flowery-green aroma.
Our Gyokuro comes from the Yame tea growing area, which is highly respected in Japan for its special gyokuro making traditions. It contains only tender leaf tips and has a sweet flavor with a slightly fruity aftertaste.
Harvest: June 2012 First Flush