Organic Gyokuro - Organic

This tea has been retired/discontinued. Formerly ZG81.

Picture of Organic Gyokuro
Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Gyokuro
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 11, 2018

Commercial Description

Produced for the demanding Japanese market, this China Gyokuro can be enjoyed at an everyday price. While we cannot rate this tea on a par with "the genuine article", it is close enough to please a budget conscious green tea enthusiast.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 180°F, 3 min.

Ratings & Reviews

Page 1 of 1 page with 1 review

Link Link to This Review
Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
(1412 reviews) on

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, typical for Gyokuro, not 180 as Upton recommends. It produced a golden cup.

Less vegetal than most gyokuro I've had, and than most sencha, but otherwise, aroma is mostly sencha-like: grassy, and slightly toasty. Flavor is surprisingly bitter, but in a pleasing way: it is a deep bitterness, not as much brisk or sharp. Moderately astringent aftertaste, but pleasingly so. Fairly strong umami or savory flavor as well, without being too sour.

I enjoyed this tea very much. Like Upton says, it is not really comparable with high-quality Japanese Gyokuro. However, I found this a highly enjoyable tea and I think Upton has chosen it well. It is surprisingly affordable too for a tea of this style and quality, although, I think when the chips are down, I'd rather spend my money on Chinese styles of green tea when I buy tea produced in China. I will note, though, that I liked how this tea made me feel after drinking it.
Add a Comment

Page 1 of 1 page with 1 review

More Green Tea from China from Upton Tea Imports

Picture of Gyokuro (lit. Jewel Dew)

Gyokuro (lit. Jewel Dew)

Style:Gyokuro
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
No image of this tea

Seasons Pick Green Snail

Style:Green Tea
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
No image of this tea

Organic Lung Ching (ZG60)

Style:Dragon Well (Long Jing)
Region:Zhejiang, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of First Grade Gunpowder Green

First Grade Gunpowder Green

Style:Gunpowder Green Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

Browse All Green Tea from China from Upton Tea Imports

FacebookTwitterInstagramTumblrPinterestGoogle+Patreon