The Gyokuro is a "shaded tea": the tea plants are covered over 30 days before the leaves are harvested in order to obtain an intense aromatic concentration, a powerful umami taste and a highly soft texture. The name of this tea means "pearls of dew" in honour of its delicacy.
The Gyokuro is one of Japan's most prized teas, and this one is particularly remarkable, as it is covered with a wholly hand-made structure called a Hon Gyokuro.
Its very thick texture fills the palette and reveals an exceptionally powerful umami flavour, as well as complex fragrances. A remarkable Grand Cru.
• Colour: shaded green tea
• Type of tea: Gyokuro
• Country: Japan
• Region: Shizuoka
• Origin: Asahina
• Cultivar: Yabukita, Kurasawa and Okumidori
• Flush: manual
• Production: tea plants covered with straw
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The growers handweave the straw during the winter months, before the tea plant harvest can begin. It requires good craftsmanship and the skills of an expert.
Gyokuro covered with straw are better ventilated along with more gradual shading than the modern method.
Very few growers produce Hon Gyokuro. It is a very rare tea.
It is ideal for those who want to brew tea the traditional way using a Kyusu. It is also possible to make cold brew tea by replacing the water with ice cubes. The infusion is finished when the ice cubes have completely melted, and you will obtain a concentrated, intense liqueur that is as rare as jade dew. Discover the traditional preparation method, which draws inspiration from Senchado, on our website, palaisdesthes.com
- Shizuoka, Japan
- Tea colour:
- shaded green tea
Appearance: highly regular fine needles
Colour: dark green, glossy
Fragrances: vegetal, mentholated, floral
Fragrances: mainly wild marine aromas (salmon), vegetal, fruity, floral
Colour: pale green
Texture: very smooth
Flavours: umami taste with an uncommon intensity
Aromas: marine (iodised), seafood, salmon, vegetal (freshly cut grass), fresh almond, floral
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 2'30 minutes in water heated to 50°C.
With the Kyusu / Shiboridashi by successive 1 minute infusions.
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.