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Premium Gyokuro [JAS Organic]

Premium Gyokuro [JAS Organic]


Simply put...

This Premium Gyokuro [JAS Organic] tea  is beautifully sweet with a hint of woody-ness in the cup.  The tea continues to deliver through 3-4 infusions and offers a wonderful long lasting sweetness in the mouth.

In more depth....

Tea Name : Premium organic gyokuro

Origin  : 
Kiyama, Saga prefecture

Tea Maker :  
Mr Kazuyuki

Harvest Time :
Late April-Early May

Cultivar : 
Yabukita, Asatsuyu

Note : you may be familiar with Yabukita [a common cultivar in our Japanese green teas] .  Asatsuyu is a sensitive, delicate and sometimes referred to as 'natural gyokuro' 

Plucking standard : 
Portable plucking machine

Processing : 
20 days before plucking, fields are covered with black nets to stop photosynthesis and increasie nutrients productions inside the leaves. After plucking, the leaves are deep steamed and then carefully rolled.

Experience : mild and sweet tea with an elegant aroma

How to prepare [kyusu]

Amount of tea per cup (200 ml): 5g (one tea caddy spoon)

Temperature of water: 60℃ / 140℉

Infusion / brewing time: 2-3 minutes 

Number of infusions: 3-4

Tales of the Tea Trade : Stories from Saga Prefecture

Tsuru Kazuyuki and his family farm tea in Saga prefecture where they started cultivating tea trees in 1948 leading to their own manufacturing process in 1968. 
The Prefecture : Saga prefecture is an extremely important and famous region for tea production in China with rich soils and misty conditions perfect for creating the umami rich teas it is famous for [tamaryokucha, kamairicha & sencha].  You may be familiar of have heard the region referred to as ‘ the birthplace of Japanese green tea’ because the town of Higashi Sefuri is the where the monk Eisai planted the tea tree seeds he brought from China……
Tea trees : 80% of the tea trees in this garden are over 50 years old.  Their roots reach deep into the soil, their trunks are thick & they have a higher resistance to insects and vermin. [although not directly related to Japanese tea you can read more about resilience through root systems in this Comins blog]
Farming Method : After switching to chemical and pesticide free tea farming in 2007 they received the Special Farming Products Certification from Saga prefecture in 2017.  They now use only organic methods to fertilize, such as amino acids, lactic acid bacteria, etc.  
Locations & benefits : This approach is helped by the high mountain location 300m above sea level.  We have often talked about the importance of high mountain, isolated conditions for the production of organic tea and this certainly exists here.  Temperature difference day vs night brings thick fog [an essential ingredient in this nutrient umami rich green tea], the rural environment offers a source of fresh mountain water and although not easy its remote location means no heavy machinery can be used here - all work must be done by hand or using small scale tea machinery 
Cultivar :
- Yabukita [a common cultivar in our Japanese green teas]
- Asatsuyu : sensitive, delicate and sometimes referred to as 'natural gyokuro' 

Some interesting Gyokuro facts : Gyokuro is grown under shade for the last twenty days before harvesting, a technique which creates its sweet taste.

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