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No. 63

Gyokuro - Loose Leaf Tea

Japanese Green Tea

Our Great-Taste award-winning Gyokuro has a sweet flavour which is mild in taste and a greenish in colour infusion.

From: Ise Bay, Mie Prefecture, Japan

LOOSE LEAF TEA
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UK Deliveries

 

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Transit time

Standard

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Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

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£9.95

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 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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Currently, there are some delays with parcels being sent to EU countries from the UK. This is due to complexities arising as a result of the UK leaving the European Union. If there is any disruption to the service that you have selected, we will keep you updated.The table below provides estimates of shipping times.

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Method

Cost

Carrier

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Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

Rest of the World

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

The origins of our Gyokuro Japanese green tea


Gyokuro is the most sought after and luxurious type of green tea from Japan. Also known as Jade Dew, this tea is considered as one of the most hailed and expensive types of Japanese tea. Cultivated in the shade and enriched with a naturally refined sweet flavour, this Gyokuro emerald green tea is sparkling quality in leaf form.

This 2021 Great Taste award-winning No. 63 Gyokuro come from Ise Bay in Mie Prefecture which has 800 years of history for producing high-quality tea. The processing of Gyokuro is labour intensive and specialist, adding to the tea's expensive status.

Gyokuro is made from shade-grown tea leaves also used to make Matcha. Tea bushes are covered up to 3 weeks before harvest to prevent direct sunlight. This slows down growth, and causes the production of amino acids and theanine, giving rise to a sweet flavour, "mild in taste" and a "greenish in colour infusion".

The leaves are then processed using the Sencha Rolling method (this traditional 6-step process is explained more in our What is Japanese Sencha blog) before they are put through machinery to shape them into their pointed states. This is also when the leaves are dried and then ready to be sorted and shipped to exporters.

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Perfect brewing technique for Gyokuro


Great care is taken when preparing this tea to specific requirements. As guidance the twice the weight in dry tea leaves for a given quantity of water (e. g. 6 to 10 grams for 180 ml); cooler brewing temperatures (in the range of 50ºC-60ºC instead of 65ºC-75ºC for sencha); a longer steeping duration, at least for the first infusion (90 second instead of 1 minute for sencha). Due to its high quality, the thick tea leaves maintain their pleasant flavour for up to 4-5 servings.

Since Gyokuro steeps at such a mild temperature, it is recommended pre-heating both the pot and cup to maintain the warmth of the tea as one drinks it. It is normally consumed very slowly to savour its distinctive flavour.

Ingredients


Pure shade grown Japanese green tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a fresh cut grass and seaweed aroma and cloudy green infusion. A refined cup with grassy sweetness and fresh butter and creamy umami mouthfeel.

Region


The Ise Bay is a cove situated just South East of Japan, in the Mie Prefecture, facing the Philippine Sea. The elevation across the plains varies between sea level and 64m above, and the climate is of the humid subtropical type (CFA).

Learn more about the Ise Bay

Strong seasonality defines this region. The summers are short and warm, with temperatures between 21°C and 30°C. As the season ends, autumn begins to see the temperature slowly drop over the months into the winter season, where temperatures hover between 4°C and 13°C. As winter ends, the spring allows temperatures to gently climb until they once again reach summer.

Across the year, the sky is mostly cloudy to overcast and brings with it low to medium amounts of rainfall. However, there is significant cloud cover and much larger amounts of rainfall during the summer months. In combination with warm temperatures, humidity peaks at 98% and contrasts the late autumn to winter months, where the air is typically very dry. In terms of wind, cool, blustery gales are picked up across the sea and brought inland all year long.

However, summer sees a much lower, more gentle breeze. The Bay, where the ocean waters meet the estuaries of the Kiso Three, Nikko and Honai rivers, is famous for its fish and seaweed. The Ise-Shima national park, on the southernmost tip of the bay, is home to loggerhead turtles, as well as native species of hibiscus and spider lily.

How to brew

4g - 8g

4g - 8g

60°C

60°C

200ml

200ml

3mins

3mins

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