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Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 

About Gyokuro

Loose-leaf green tea with long, intact leaves and intense green colorGyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana, Photo © A Girl With Tea, CC BY 2.0.
Gyokuro (玉露), meaning jewel dew but sometimes also called jade dew, is a style of Japanese green tea. It has a high amino acid content, giving it a bit of an "umami" (or savory) flavor, uncommon among teas. Among teas, gyokuro and Anji bai cha have the highest known concentration of L-theanine, an amino acid derivative implicated in relaxation and improved concentration.[1] The theanine content of gyokuro is roughly twice that of typical teas. Gyokuro is mostly produced in Japan, although small amounts are now produced in China as well.

Gyokuro is made from particular varieties of the tea plant, and is shade-grown for a few weeks before picking, leading the leaves to be rich in chlorophyll. The term "shade-grown" in this context can be misleading for people familiar with shade-grown coffee. Unlike shade-grown coffees, which are grown under a mature forest canopy (and thus promote greater biodiversity than sun-grown coffees), gyokuro is grown in sun for most of its development, and is artificially shaded by covering the plants with canvas or another material. The shading of gyokuro thus affects the quality of the tea, but provides no additional ecological value.

The process used to produce gyokuro is similar to the process used to produce matcha, a powdered green tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony. The two processes are identical until after the harvesting of the leaves, so matcha and gyokuro share certain similarities of flavor and aroma, and both share the intense green color, even though they are very different in texture and method of preparation.

Most tea companies and tea drinkers recommend brewing gyokuro with a lower temperature of water than other green teas, usually 140-160°F or 60-71°C. Brewing gyokuro with higher temperature water can result in the presence of unpleasant qualities in the aroma.

References:


1. Chi-Tang Ho, Jen-Kun Lin, Fereidoon Shahidi, Tea and tea products: chemistry and health-promoting properties, Volume 8 of Nutraceutical science and technology Food science and technology, CRC Press, 2008.

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Organic Gyokuro Yamashiro from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Kagoshima, Japan
Oct. 20th, 2018

I'd really like to say something positive about this tea, but it's really just not good. I gave it several chances. I brewed it first using the method that worked reliably with the Maeda-en gyokuro, but it was bitter and made me extremely jittery. I tried converting the annoying, proprietary "perfect spoonful" measurem...

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90 / 100
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Gyokuro Reserve Green Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan
Oct. 20th, 2018

This and the Maeda-en Gyokuro Grower's Select go hand-in-hand. This is the sweet one of the two while the Select is more savory/umami. Both brew well very consistently (which is great, considering that gyokuro is an expensive tea and not something you'd want to waste).

I had good results with the following brewing m...

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90 / 100
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Gyokuro Grower's Select Green Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan
Oct. 20th, 2018

This and the Maeda-en Gyokuro Grower's Reserve go hand-in-hand, because one is more savory and the other is more sweet. One of my favorite things about both of these is that they brew well very consistently (which is great, considering that gyokuro is an expensive tea and not something you'd want to waste).

I had go...

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80 / 100
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Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan
Feb. 4th, 2018

Very vegetal, high caffeine/theanine concentration, good to wake-up or get focused and concentrate. One of my favorite!

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Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan
Oct. 9th, 2017

Very fresh vegetables taste with light seeds at the end. This Shincha has deep green color of rolled leaves and clean and very light green color of infusion slightly sweet, with a refreshing aroma and seeds, taste at the end. this means a high concentration of L-Theanine.

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