Tea Type: Green Tea
Tea Region: Uji, Kyoto, Japan
- Appearance: Slightly cloudy, pale green coloured infusion.
- Aroma: Creamy, cooked vegetal and marine notes accompanied with herbaceous notes.
- Flavour: Rich, umami, buttered steamed greens (spinach, zucchini) with a refreshing herbaceous hint.
- Mouthfeel: Supple, full-bodied liquor. Creamy and unctuous mouthfeel and well-sustained, refreshing minty finish that leads to cooling and soothing sensation on the palate. Absence of bitterness and astringency.
- Measure 3g of tea per 150ml water. Boil water to 60℃. Steep for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.
Reference: Op. 204
Tips for Tea Connoisseurs
Gyokuro, which translates into "Jade Dew" in Japanese, is a highly appreciated, much sought-after green tea by Japanese green tea connoisseurs for its elegant and refreshing aromas and flavours. Originating from an award-winning, family-run tea garden in Uji, which has been established during the Tensho era, this gracious Gyokuro has captivated our palate in all respects with its distinctively rich, umami flavour and delicate sweetness.
To make Gyokuro Réverie, tea plants have been shaded 30 days in advance before harvest to achieve its iconic mellow sweetness. Due to its limited exposure to the sunshine, tea plants undergo a chain of physiological changes in order to survive, which, in turn, results in the changes of the chemical composition of the tea leaves. As this shading method imposes a heavy burden on the tea plants, tea leaves for Gyokuro green tea are harvested only once a year, in contrast to tea leaves for Sencha green tea which are harvested 4 times a year. Produced this way, Gyokuro green tea is extremely rich in L-theanine, the essential amino acid in developing Gyokuro green tea's desired flavour profile - mellow, sweet, rich, umami flavours.
Made from carefully hand-picked tea leaves grown on the picturesque hills of Uji, which then have been masterfully crafted into a beautiful, dark green needle shape by the 16th generation tea master, our Gyokuro Réverie offers a full-bodied, silky infusion with rich, umami and cooked vegetable notes (zucchini and spinach). From the second and third brew, there is more presence of herbaceous note in the liquor which enhances the refreshing mouthfeel. If you're used to top quality competition grade Gyokuro green tea, you'll notice that Gyokuro Réverie is in a class of its own and offers the best value for money.
As with all green tea, Gyokuro is rich in antioxidants and known for its potential health benefits such as promoting heart health, cancer prevention, boosting the immune system and lowering down blood pressure.
A supreme example of masterfully crafted Gyokuro that will not only enhance your vitality and energy, but will also lift your sprit any time of the day.
Please ensure to use low water temperature (60℃) for no longer than 2 minutes to appreciate its iconic, deep, umami flavour. Infusion at any higher temperature will result in bitterness in the liquor, which will cover up the distinctively elegant and mellow character.