Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Tea Review: Uji-tawara Organic Gyokuro (The Tea Crane)

Uji-tawara Organic Gyokuro
The Tea Crane
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kyoto Prefecture, Ujitawara
Product Description: 

A well-balanced organic gyokuro from the Uji-tawara region in Kyoto.  Predominantly herbal notes, making it a light and refreshing gyokuro, yet maintaining a good body.  A refreshing gyokuro with distinct herbal notes, balancing well between a not too heavy nor too light character. Organic Gyokuro from Kirishima infuses to a golden-green hue, and is a smooth tea with good mouthfeel, nice amami (sweetness), a slight ocean air taste, and low astringency.

Temperature: 140-175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: .5-2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of nuts and nut shells.

The pale jade green liquor is clear with an aroma that is savory, butter, nutty, and marine green.  The taste is sweet and savory, nutty, and spring green with a long sweet green finish.

The first infusion of this gyokuro had mild astringency which balanced nicely with the savory and sweet notes.  The second infusion was thicker and sweeter with a deep, rich aroma, and a bright green liquor.  While I most enjoyed the slightly more nuanced results from steeping for 2 minutes at 140° F, a shorter steeping of 45 seconds to 1 minute at 175° F is also very pleasant.

This tea was received as a backer reward for The Tea Crane's flagship tea shop Kickstarter campaign.

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