From Wazuka, Soraku District, Kyoto Prefecture, Honshu Island Japan
Zero Waste Refill (in store collection only at present)
An exceptional Gyokuro with its elegant and slender leaves of deep forest green and bright tones, carefully and finely rolled. Creating a full perfume and fresh melon aromas. The tea soup is a vibrant pale jade hue, giving a rounded, rich and silky umami flavour, grassy freshness, sweet caramel notes, touches of fruitiness and beautiful lasting umami.
Harvested in May’22, This Gyokuro has been grown using the Gokou cultivar that’s shaded for three weeks. This shading develops the deep green colour of leaf whilst also developing umami flavours and further nuances. By utilising this method, the levels of amino acid theanine and levels of caffeine are increased. It shares similarities to the cultivation of Tencha.
The tea bushes growing in Wazuka have really benefitted from a combination of no late frosts damaging the plant and very consistent weather for growing this year. With similar growth seen across the tea garden regardless of cultivar. Resulting in a very busy Spring harvest 2022 with amazing quality and particularly noted this year are very complex fruity notes in the flavour profiles.
After harvesting the leaves undergo light steaming, fine rolling process and drying, all with great skill and care. Gyokuro is a true rarity ~ less than 1% of all tea made in Japan is Gyokuro, due to the attention to detail and expertises needed in its production.
Wazuka is a tea town in the southeastern area of Kyoto Prefecture. Wazuka has been a tea growing location since the Kamakura period as a main producer following Uji tea processing methods. It thought that the Kaijūsen-ji temple introduced tea to the area and Zen Buddhist monk, Shonin Jishin was the first to cultivate tea on Mt Jubu and then in Wazuka.
Brew Guide Per Cup:
Tea 1/2 teaspoon
Water 60ºc-70ºc / 300ml
Brew time 1 minute
Re-infuse leaves 2 - 3 times to personal taste.
Can be brewed as a cold infusion for a refreshing sweet flavour.