High Grade G3 Gyokuro
High Grade Gyokuro (Japanese: 玉露, “jade or jewel dew”-due to the colour of infusion.) is a type of premium quality green tea from Japan. It differs from Sencha (a classic unshaded green tea) in being grown under shade (10 days with reed covered plants cuts the sun by 50%, 10 more days with reed shades to cut sun 95%) rather than the full sun. This causes both the amino acid theanine and the alkaloid caffeine in the tea leaves to increase, which yields a sweet flavour and aroma. Gyokuro is often made from specialized cultivars such as Asahi, Okumidori, Yamakai, and Saemidori, and is prized as the highest quality of Japanese teas.
Our Gyokuro is grown in the Uji district of Kyoto, the oldest gyokuro-producing region in Japan, is supplied via a traditional tea shop that has been operating since 1803.