Monday, August 5, 2019

Tea Review: Organic Gyokuro Wakamusha (Sakamoto Organic Tea LLC)

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

Temperature: 140° F, 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1 minute

The dry leaves have a nutty, buttery, savory aroma that reminds me of macadamia nuts with sweet, fresh green notes.  

When steeped at 140° F, the jade green infusion has a crisp green aroma, nutty with notes of cooked edamame.  The taste is savory, nutty, and green with a long, refreshing and sweet snow pea-like finish.

When steeped at 175° F, the savoriness and umami in aroma and taste nearly doubles, moving to the front while the rest of the notes from the cooler steeping remain present.

Mr. Sakamoto has been producing some of the most promising and delightful organic gyokuro in Kagoshima, a region that is becoming known for its advances in organic tea production.  This mid-grade gyokuro reminds me of kabusecha, a partially shaded tea that toes the line between sencha and gyokuro.
At 140° F and 175° F, the best flavor was in the first two infusions, though the mellower third infusion is certainly enjoyable.  When preparing at 175°, cut the second steeping time down to 30-45 seconds to prevent astringency from taking over.  An extremely brief steeping of 15 seconds at 205° F also provides savory results and astringency doesn't come into play until after the 20 second mark.

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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