Kurihara Tea #19: Competition Grade Heritage Gyokuro Green Tea, 2018 Gold Medal Winner, Special AKI

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Kurihara Tea Farm

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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 and complex 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.

This specific product is an ultra small batch of about 10kg produced specifically to enter into the Gyokuro category of the All Japan Tea Competition, open to farmers nationwide who have competed and placed highly at regional competitions. In 2018, farmer Akio Kurihara won the gold medal prize, placing 4th overall nationwide for this gyokuro.


Fills the air with umami.
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.


Product Info

  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Cultivar: Saemidori
  • Harvest: June
  • Region: Yabemura Village, Yame City, Fukuoka


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