- Summer 2019 First Flush Harvest: Now in stock. Satisfaction Guarantee: We’re proud of our products. If you aren’t satisfied, we’ll refund you. feel free to reach out: (617) 870-4113
- “Traditional Authentic Yame Gyokuro” – which last year received recognition under the national geographical indication protection system – is a luxury green tea and the main specialty of our plantation.
- Farmer Akihito Tataki - the first son of the Takaki Green Tea Farm in Hoshino Village, Yame, Japan. Awarded best in category at the all-Japan Cuisine Awards by the ministry of Forest and Agriculture.
- The “Fujimidori” variety of Dento Hon Gyokuro is only available in Hoshino Village of Yame. The truly rare Fujimidori cultivar has been created by one tea producer and secretly grown in the Fujiyama Hamlets (settlement) in Hoshino Village.
- This tea is from the first flush of the 2019 harvest. It was grown using special, traditional methods separately classified as “Dento Hon”. This means the tea bushes are cultivated naturally without shaping the tea bushes into rows. The tea bushes are covered to block out 95% of sunlight - not with the usual black synthetic fibers, but natural rice straw called “sumaki”. Most tea leaves are picked using machines these days, but Dento Hon Gyokuro is still picked by hand even today.
Hoshino Village in Yame is famous for its Gyokuro (“jade dew”) tea. The tea we produce each year is consistently rated as some of the best in Japan. The processes involved in growing Yame Gyokuro are laborious and do not allow mass-production. Most of the time, this tea can be found only in specialized shops. The extraordinary efforts and refined techniques used to make this tea results in a luxurious relaxing brew for your enjoyment. One sip will reveal the rich sweetness and mild flavors of this tea as it dances across your tongue. It is best to savor this tea on its own as it has a very complex taste. The first taste resembles sweet baked pear and then the aftertaste is similar to a buttery pastry. It has a calming effect due to the rich content of L-Theanine, which is a common thing for all varieties of Gyokuro tea.
Packaging type: Vacuum pack
Growing Style: Naturally-grown bushes
Harvesting Method: Hand-picked
Sunlight blockage: Covering using traditional rice straw
BREWING YAME GYOKURO
The steeping time can be adjusted according to your preferences, but the traditional way of brewing this tea is:
Water temperature: 50°C / 120°F
Leaf Amount: 1 tablespoon (~3g) per cup
Steeping time: 2 minutes
You can make 3 infusions from the same tea leaves because of the high quality of tea. After you finish using the leaves, you can mix them with some soy sauce and toasted sesame oil for a delicious salad.