Friday, June 27, 2014

Tea Review: Yume no Uki-hashi (Tsuen Tea)

Yume no Uki-hashi / 夢の浮橋
Tsuen Tea /
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Uji City
Product Description:  The highest grade of gyokuro sold from Japan's oldest continuously operating tea shop. is honored to offer this superb green tea supplied to us from the Tsuen family who have operated their teashop from same location on the banks of the Uji river since 1160.

A very high quality, first-flush gyokuro, this green tea is hand picked and is a proprietary blend of "Gokou" and "Yabukita" breeds of green tea, with the "Gokou" being prominent. Gyokuro is shade grown before harvesting, giving it a greener color and sweeter taste. Once you learn to make it properly, you wil be hooked for life!

Temperature: 140° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1 minute

The dry leaves have an aroma of green grass, nori, and starchy rice.

The infusion is pale green with a savory aroma of edamame (soy beans) and nori.  The taste is green, buttery, and distinctly umami.

I had great results with the one minute steeping time throughout three infusions and could expect more successful infusions.   

I purchased this tea in-person at Tsuen in Uji, Japan.  Since I'm not sure if they can accept overseas orders,  I have included the link to for online ordering purposes.

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