Tea: Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea

A Gyokuro from Teavana

Picture of Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea
Brand:Teavana
Style:Gyokuro
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:7 View All

Review of Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea

AromaFlavorValueTotal
7 of 104 of 52 of 570 of 100
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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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Comments:

Alex Zorach wrote:
on June 18th, 2014

Gyokuro is always expensive, but I have a distinct impression that you can get teas of similar quality cheaper than Teavana's. I can't say for sure, because I haven't tried Teavana's Gyokuro, but Aiya's Gyokuro (which I thought was very good) was considerably cheaper last time I checked.

Harney and Sons also sells two grades of Gyokuro...the higher grade, Heavenly Gyokuro, is actually pricier than Teavana's, but it was an amazing tea. Their lower grade is about the same price if you buy it in a small quantity, but in bulk it is also cheaper.

If you stay tuned, I'm about to review one from Arbor teas too.

Did you play around with brewing temperature on this one? My experience has been that this style of tea can be very sensitive to brewing temperature, and I often like to go on the cool side, well below the temp. that I use to steep most green teas.

Brytta Sóþword wrote:
on June 18th, 2014

This one I tried in the store, so they brewed it for me. I'll look forward to your upcoming review and look for other sources of this style to experiment with. Thanks for the heads up!

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