Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tea Review: Gokuzyo (Japanese Green Tea In)

Gokuzyo
Japanese Green Tea In
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka
Product Description: Gokyuzyo translates literally to "The Highest Grade" in Japanese. Among all the green tea harvested, Gokuzyo is the section of the best tea leaves based on taste, water level, aroma and the quality of the leaf itself. Trained masters (called chya-shi in Japanese) pick the best tea leaves by hand, one leaf at a time. Please enjoy the best of what we offer.

Temperature: 160° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma that is rich, nutty, and green with mineral notes.

The bright green infusion has a fresh aroma that hints of springtime with notes of nuts and grass. The taste is rich, savory, and green with moderate astringency and a long sweet green finish.

This is a fukamushi (deep steamed) tea and the results were ideal for my tastes at 160° F. The second steeping was thick and cloudy, as expected, and I reduced the steeping time for that infusion to 1.5 minutes which allowed it to develop an astringency that was bold, but not so much that it wasn't enjoyable. This tea can also be steeped at 175° F if you prefer bolder results, though I would recommend cutting the time back to 1-1.5 minutes.

This tea was produced using chagusaba which has been designated a UNESCO Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System.  Tea fields are surrounded by Japanese grasses which are harvested and laid around and between the tea field hedges to provide soil fertilization and weed prevention.




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