Friday, August 9, 2019

Tea Review: Organic Tea Master Gyokuro (Sei Mee Tea)

Organic Tea Master Gyokuro
Sei Mee Tea/Sakamoto Organic Tea LLC
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kagoshima
Product Description: Gyokuro is pronounced “g-yo-koo-roh,” which means “jade dew” in Japanese. Gyokuro is a shade grown tea (the same as Matcha), full of tender loving care, which increases the Umami or rich and savory flavor. Gyokuro is a wonderful selection for your morning cup or early afternoon pick-me-up, because it offers higher amount of Caffeine and L-theanine (a natural relaxant). Gyokuro, Tea Master, is grown at renowned Sakamoto Tea Farm in Kagoshima, Japan. Try the finest of the fine loose leaf teas.

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

The dry leaves have a savory, nutty, and buttery aroma with a hint of sweet oats.

The jade green infusion has a savory, nutty, and lightly marine aroma.  The taste is thick with umami, savory and nutty with a long savory finish.

Where the flavor became lighter and sweeter after the first infusion when steeped at 140° F, the same 1 minute steeping time at 175° F brought out a full umami-filled flavor throughout three infusions and the savory finish went on for days.  I would expect to get great results with at last two more infusions at the higher temperature.  

This is possibly the most flavorful organic gyokuro I've tasted so far which is an impressive feat since it's difficult to keep the tea plants healthy during the shading process without the use of non-organic fertilizer.  Visit Sei Mee Tea's blog to learn more about the story and process behind Mr. Sakamoto's organic tea.

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

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