A great way to experience the delicious umami flavor of gyokuro without spending so much money is by using the fannings filtered out during refinement. It steeps very quickly and resteeps are not very strong, but that first cup is still ambrosia!
recommended steeping: 2-3 grams of tea, 3 min, 50C/122F, 50 ml of water for an espresso of umami. Resteep at hotter temperature to enjoy as a sencha (200 ml, 10-20 sec)
Yamane-en is a family-operated tea shop based near Sugamo Station on the Yamanote Loop Line in Tokyo and run by tea master Michio Shiobara. With 40 years of experience in the Japanese tea industry behind him, Shiobara-san offers unique teas sourced from small villages throughout Japan as well as a number of tisanes popular in Japan for their health benefits. Shiobara-san is partnering with Yunomi.us to teach the world the finer points of Japanese tea.