Gyokuro tea is grown beneath shading, cutting out some 85% of the sunlight. This allows the leaves to mature without obtaining bitterness. The results is an ultra delicate green tea with an extremely sweet taste profile.
The Kurihara family's Heritage Gyokuro is grown beneath traditional, handmade bamboo and/or straw shading. The moisture that drips from this natural shading flavors the tea -- a return to the past with this gourmet tea.
The most premium gyokuro tea the Kurihara family offers is produced on a specific field that has seems to have the ideal soil composition, sunlight exposure, and surround mirco-climate. After handpicking the tea leaves from this field, they are processed in our small, private factory. Because this particular tea leaf, 'Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro', is so good, we decided not to blend it with other fields keeping it as a single field tea.
NOTE: Packaging uses Yunomi bags. 2016 harvest is in June. Orders containing any 2016 items will be held until June.
Great for salads! Used leaves should be steeped 3-4 times before using eating. Top with soy sauce and bonito flakes, or your own salad dressing.
Name: Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro Tea
Japanese name: 栗原の伝統本玉露
Ingredients: Green tea
Harvest: Early June, 2016
Region: Yabemura village, Yame, Fukuoka
Notes: Shaded for 3 weeks before harvest under canopy shading, machine cut, medium steaming used but leaves are young and delicate so the results is close to a deep steaming (fukamushi)
Name: Kurihara Seicha Ltd.
Members: Kippei, Yuji, and Akio Kurihara (Father and sons)