This is the first year we are carrying this exceptional tea. Gyokuro teas are shaded prior to picking to change the way the plant grows and the chemical makeup and flavor of the leaf. The shading process forces the leaves to grow wider to catch the sunlight and increases the chlorophyll and catechins. This process also decreases the tannins, making the tea less astringent and smoother to drink. If you have tried our Tamaryokucha and Saemidori Sencha, this tea is like a marriage of the two.
The tea first hit your palate with a creamy, dewy-sweet intro. As the tea coats your mouth the flavor progresses, accentuating the savory, brothy umami notes. The aftertaste is light and refreshing and lingers on the top of the mouth and in the throat, cooling and invigorating your palate.
We only have a limited amount and it will likely be gone soon.
Origin: Kagoshima, Japan
Our top grade sencha from Kirishima. This tea is from the Asatsuyu cultivar of tea and has earned the nickname of "Natural Gyokuro" for good reasons. Although it is not shade-grown, it has a vivid green liquor and deep umami characteristic that is typically associated with gyokuros. The farm it is grown on is completely self-contained, bio-dynamic and the oldest tea farm in the region. The aroma of the dry leaves is compelling and rich and only grows as it is steamed. The resulting tea is out of this world and a gift to any sencha-lover.
Due to poor weather conditions only a small amount of Asatsuyu was harvested in 2021. As a result, we could only secure a quarter of the amount we usually buy. For this reason, we will only be selling it in smaller quantities this year to help extend it's availability.
Harvest: Spring 2021
Origin: Kirishima, Japan
One of our favorite teas! These tiny leaves have so much going on. Plucked in Fujian in the early spring, the tips are fully oxidized and lightly smoked. The dry leaf smells like plums and burnt caramel and just the steam is intoxicating. The tea itself is bold and sweet with a perfect balance of hardy oak smoke and chocolate and delicate fruity overtones.
Origin: Fujian, China
Grown in the foggy hills of Kirishima, this tea is made by two brothers who are producing some exceptional quality teas. The moisture of the air and fertile soil from the nearby volcano create a perfect environment for growing complex teas. This Hojicha is plucked from a single farm that is completely self-contained and bio-dynamic. The tea itself has an incredible union of flavors that rise above the toasty base. The roasted leaves are not burnt, but instead embody wonderful nutty quality that softens to a light nectar-like sweetness which lingers long after you sip. The bouquet of soothing aromas and flavors will leave you relaxed and the relatively low caffeine content makes this an excellent dessert tea.
Region: Kagoshima, Japan
If you're a fan of Japanese green teas and haven't tried Tamaryokucha yet, you're missing out. This tea has some of the most robust flavors out there. Grown in Ureshino, it is produced in a way that is a cross between Gyokuro and Sencha. The tea plants are shade grown similar to Tencha (for making Matcha) or Gyokuro. This step increases the chlorophyll and decrease the bitterness. Then the leaves are plucked, but much younger than even a Sencha. The result is an incredible tea with vivid green liquor and an flavor that excites the senses. The aroma is like seaweed and fresh cut grass and the flavor saturates your whole mouth with umami.
To get the most out of this tea steep it lower than usual (around 140°-150°) for 1 minute. When resteeping, pour after 10 seconds. This tea is great for over 4 steeps and the leaves can be eaten afterwards with the addition of a little salt, dashi or soy sauce.
Origin: Ureshino, Japan