Gyokuro Green Tea - Organic

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Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Gyokuro
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Gyokuro Green Tea

This tea's info last updated: Sep. 7, 2010

Commercial Description

Our organic Gyokuro (pronounced gyo-KUR-o) represents the pinnacle of Japanese green teas. It is shaded prior to harvesting, which stresses the tea plant, resulting in higher chlorophyll content. In the cup, this creates a fuller-body and bolder vegetal quality. In addition, the light green infusion exhibits a sweet and nutty flavor that is less bitter than our Sencha. ...

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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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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 excessive and, I think, would constitute a loss to its subtle flavor. If green tea was a fruit, I would call this flavor wonderfully fruity. No bitterness if made at 175 °F and steeped for 2 minutes.

Bottom line: a great tea, and a new favorite for me.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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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't quite as aromatic as I'd expect. When fresh, flavor is sweet and slightly umami/savory. This is probably the sweetest gyokuro and among the sweetest of any green teas I've tried. Little to no bitterness and only a slight astringency.

Aroma is subtle and very mild. More floral than typical for a Japanese tea, slightly nutty, suggesting pecans, and slightly vegetal, although less spinachy or grassy than other examples of this type of tea.

A very easy drinking tea. Also, easier to brew than some Gyokuro; not particulary picky about temperature: doesn't develop that unpleasant spinachy aroma if the temperature is too hot. A single teaspoon of leaf easily brews three cups, one after the other. I liked steeping 2, then 3, then 5 minutes to produce cups of roughly similar strength. The later cups have more of a fresh celery / parsley aroma than the first.

Gyokuro is never cheap, but I thought the price on this reasonable.

A final note, I found this tea did not store particularly well. After only a few months, the sweetness in the flavor was noticeably diminished, although the aroma didn't change much. I recommend drinking it when it's fresh.
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