Friday, December 16, 2016

Tea Review: Standard Gyokuro, Tsuki no Hikari (Yunomi/Shogyokuen)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 5

Standard Gyokuro, Tsuki no Hikari
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kyoto Prefecture, Wazuka
Product Description: 180-year old Shogyokuen Tea Factory's Tsuki no Hikari, is a standard gyokuro, but probably better than any so-called "premium" gyokuro at major tea brands due to the freshness with which we are able to procure the leaves.

Temperature: 140° F
Amount: 5 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes/30 seconds

The dry leaves have a savory broth-like aroma with nutty notes.

The bright green infusion has a rich, savory, nutty, and sweet aroma.  The taste is thick and rich with savory umami, sweet and nutty, with a long mouthwatering finish.

Using almost double the amount of dry leaves as I would for sencha and steeping for 2 minutes for the first infusion and 30 seconds for the second and third infusions provided delicious results that you can almost literally sink your teeth into.

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