Photo of Loose-Leaf and Brewed Cup of Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Loose-leaf dark green green tea with squarish, flaky appearance, and pale greenish-yellow cupView Full Resolution

This photo shows both the loose-leaf tea and brewed cup of Teavana's Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea. Gyokuro is a style of Japanese tea known for its vibrant dark green color, produced by shading for several weeks during production that leads the plant to produce extra chlorophyll in an attempt to compensate for the lower light levels.

This photo doesn't show as vibrant a green color as is typical for gyokuro, which may reflect the photography more than the tea itself. Judging from the color alone, either from the leaf or cup, this doesn't look much different from a typical sencha.

In spite of the lackluster appearance of this cup, this tea had been one of Teavana's highest-rated teas, and also was rated well compared to other examples of gyokuro, including ones from Japanese companies.

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Alex Zorach

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Joined Sep. 1st, 2009.

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Tea:Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea
Brand:Teavana
Style:Gyokuro
Region:Japan
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