Monday, April 22, 2019

Tea Review: Gokuzyo Aracha (Japanese Green Tea In)

Gokuzyo Aracha
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.

Freshly harvested sprouts are steamed right away and dried. We pick and knead the soft, new leaves gently. The process is fairly simple and may not look elegant, however, the aroma is so intense that it makes you feel as if you just got lost in a green tea processing factory.

You can enjoy this tea which includes twig tea, coarse, broken tea leaves, and powdered tea. Crude tea leaves produce a beautifully colored drink with a mild, unique taste.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 10-20 seconds

The dry leaves have a savory, buttery, nutty, and marine green aroma.

The bright green infusion has a sweet, savory and nutty aroma.  The taste is sweet, green, and nutty with a hint of astringency and a long sweet green finish.

The best results to suit my own tasting preferences were found with a 15-20 second 1st infusion, 10 second 2nd infusion, and 15 second 3rd infusion.  The results were flavorful, sweet, and savory with astringency slowly developing throughout each infusion, while still being mild at most.  With very brief infusions, this is one of the easier teas to brew because you don't need a timer and there's not enough time for distractions to pull you away. 

If you use more leaf, consider pouring the water out almost immediately after pouring it over the leaves or reducing the water temperature to 140° F-160° F.  If you favor a bolder taste, a 1 minute 1st infusion will result in a more savory, nutty, and rich aroma with a thick, rich, green taste and moderate-to-high astringency.  A second infusion of 30 seconds is thick and bold with astringency. 

For comparison, the 2nd photo below is a 15 second infusion and the 3rd photo is a 30 second infusion.

This tea was received as a gift from a third party.

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