Monday, February 12, 2018

Tea Review: Gyokuro (Sakamoto Organic Tea LLC)

Sakamoto Organic Tea LLC
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kagoshima
Product Description: Not provided.

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

The dry leaves have a savory broth-like aroma with notes of nuts (macadamia), grass, and minerals.

The jade green infusion has an aroma rich with umami as well as green, nutty, and mineral notes.  The taste is rich, nutty, and filled with umami with a refreshing cool green finish.  

Reducing the steeping time following the first infusion to 30 seconds brought out full flavor, deeper color and thicker liquor.  Mild astringency developed in the second infusion and by the third infusion, the nutty umami notes had stepped back and a fresh spring green flavor took over.  Adjusting steeping time to taste, I would expect to get at least two more flavorful infusions from this gyokuro.

The producer, Mr. Sakamoto, doesn't have a website, but he can be reached by email at

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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