Gyokuro is pronounced “G-yo-koo-ro”, which means “jade dew” in Japanese. As its beautiful name suggests, Gyokuro is regarded as the highest class among green teas. The reason is its high content of Umami.
Gyokuro is “Shade grown green tea.” Tea garden is covered with shade for a certain period of time before harvest. Deprived from sun exposure, green tea increases chlorophyll, green pigment and L-Theanine, Umami. The longer this shaded time becomes, the brighter the green gets and the rounder and more complex the flavor becomes.
On top of that, they increase the number of layers gradually, so it becomes complete dark at the final stage. As you can imagine, this takes constant care as well as skill and technique. This extraordinary Gyokuro is the fruit of the grower’s passion to make the very best.
Enjoy the ultimate Gyokuro.
Net Weight: 50g (1.7oz)
Packed in resealable pouch.
About growers: Sakamoto brothers
The growers, Mr. Sakamoto brothers, take care of their 400 acre tea garden all year around and harvest tea only once, early spring, which is called “First flush.” Being only cut once a year, their tea bushes are extremely healthy and well nourished.
Sakamoto brothers are the third generation of tea farmer in Kagoshima. 40 years ago, when they lost their niece and mother for cancer, they commited themselves to make the healthiest green tea. The first thing they did was cutting down the production volume to a half so they put more care on their tea garden. Then they started to produce their own organic fertilizer using abundant minerals. Thirdly, they restricted themselves to harvest their tea only first in the season.
Yet, Mr. Sakamoto is busy all year around as he serves as Chairman for Kagoshima Green Tea Association. He was also invited to speak at World Tea Expo, the largest tea trade show in the world.