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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Heritage Gyokuro from Kurihara Tea

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Fukuoka, Japan

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 6th, 2015

The aroma of the vibrantly green leaves (seriously, they are as green as pine needles) is delightfully sweet, a blend of sweet chestnuts, wildflower honey, freshly mown hay, sweetgrass, and a tiny bit of distant wildflowers. Something about the aroma of Japanese green teas (especially the very verdant ones) reminds me ...

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Mariko

(58 reviews)
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Gyokuro from Maeda-en

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2014

I should state off the bat that this was my first gyokuro, and I haven't had the chance to try any other brands since. Furthermore, gyokuro needs to be brewed at a lower temperature than most teas; the first time I made it I didn't realize this, and the tea wound up tasting rather bitter. Properly brewed, however, ther...

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Brytta Sóþword

(292 reviews)
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Gyokuro Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

This is only the second gyokuro tea I've tried. Its flavor is exactly the way I remember Teavana's, making both of these excellent--but Arbor's far less expensive. So glad I was able to try this one!

The flavor is complex, balanced, and delicious. It naturally tastes a bit sweet so that adding any sweetener would be...

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Alex Zorach

(1313 reviews)
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Gyokuro Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 19th, 2014

Relatively inexpensive among Gyokuro, especially for being organic. Pleasant, and easy to brew, but less aromatic than other samples of this type of tea I've tried.

Very long, straight leaves, very dark green. Dry leaf has a pleasant aroma, similar to some sencha, and a bit nondescript.

Brews up a cup that isn'...

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Brytta Sóþword

(292 reviews)
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Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 17th, 2014

Very nice green tea. It has a flavor somewhere between nutty and also fruity, if green tea were a fruit. Naturally sweet enough, it needs no sweetener. You'll want to steep it briefly and drink it somewhat quickly, as the taste can go bitter even after it's done steeping.

I only wish the price was lower.

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Jose Luis Denis

(116 reviews)
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Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 26th, 2013

If you prepare well this tea smell and taste wonderful.

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homais

(21 reviews)
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Premium Gyokuro from Aiya

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 10th, 2013

As a matter of preference, I should say that my 'ideal' Gyokuro tastes strongly umami, a bit sweet, and grassy/vegetal on the finish. I was able to get Aiya's Gyukuro to display something like this flavor profile - along with a pleasantly sharp, matcha-like aroma - when I brewed a relatively heaping teaspoon of it for ...

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Alex Zorach

(1313 reviews)
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Premium Gyokuro from Aiya

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 6th, 2012

I had the opportunity to sample this and Harney and Sons' Heavenly Gyokuro side-by-side. The two teas are comparable in price, and are both top-notch teas, yet they were remarkably different! It's hard for me to say which one I preferred.

The dry leaf of this tea has an aroma peculiarly reminiscent of an airplane ...

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ogunshe

(2 reviews)
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Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 24th, 2012

one of the best teas Teavana offers. Healthy for its high chlorophyll and antioxidants. Delicious and stands up to multiple steepings with great flavor. Brews a light yellow green at 140 for 45 seconds to 1 minute

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tcspears

(3 reviews)
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Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 18th, 2012

This is one of my favorite teas, it's good any time of year. Gyokura Imperial (to me) epitomizes what you want from a Japanese green tea; it's dark, complex, has a hint of seaweed, but somehow manages to be light and airy at the same time. As the other reviewer mentioned, the aroma is fresh cut grass mixed with a hin...

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Alex Zorach

(1313 reviews)
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Heavenly Gyokuro from Harney and Sons

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Kyoto, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 8th, 2012

I'm no expert on Gyokuro, but I will say that, at least to my tastes, this was a top-notch example of one.

I sampled this at World Tea East, but I found I liked it better when I brewed it myself. Harney recommends 155F and 3 minutes. For one teaspoon, I found I liked the results better with a little hotter water (...

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ZG81: Organic Gyokuro from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gyokuro – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2011

I was eager to try this one to see what a better Chinese attempt at gyokuro could produce, and I must say, this tea impressed me a fair amount, and was definitely worth trying.

Dry leaf has a pleasing aroma of a typical, good Japanese green tea. Bold green color.

I brewed this with a lower temperature, 160, typi...

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Pearl

(2 reviews)
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Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2010

The aroma of Gyokuro tea is very similar to fresh cut grass, rich and lively with distinctive notes of seaweed. I was very curious how the tea profile will hold up after steeping.
The taste is refreshing with reminiscent of seaweed and much sweeter aftertaste than regular Sencha. This tea is great for multiple infusio...

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