What is Gyokuro Tea ?

To tell you the truth when it comes to green tea, I’m more inclined to China than Japan. Yet there is one type of green tea from Japan that I do always crave. which one? Yes, you got it right! it’s Gyokuro green tea which is mostly produced in Fukuoka and Kyoto.

Gyokuro Green Tea on Flickr
Gyokuro Green Tea – photo courtesy of Dimitri Fedorov

What makes Gyokuro so unique ? It’s shaded for about three weeks prior to harvesting with a structure called Tana. This process gives Gyokuro its rich aroma and flavor. Following shading process tea leaves are picked by masterful hands for making Gyokuro. This tea is definitely not for beginners (you should go for Sencha), but for aficionados. Brewing requires much more careful handling, too. It’s suggested not  to use water hotter than 60 degrees celsius.Traditionally it’s brewed with Japanese Kyusu teapot but it’s ok to use any other brewing device.

If you’re looking for something refreshing and invigorating on a sunny or rainy day, this tea definitely fits the bill.  Especially if you’re into green tea and haven’t tried Gyokuro yet, you better hurry!