Hibiki-an Gyokuro Premium – 100g, $31
1.5 Tbl – 7.5 oz of filtered water at 140 degrees – 3 full flavored steeps
Dry leaf: Consistent medium to dark green colors and fairly consistant size and shape. Very low to no stem in the leafs. The smell is a dark almost grass/hay aroma.
Wet leaf: Leafs turn from the dark grass/hay to a lighter still grassy vegetal aroma. Think of fresh asparagus or spinach.
Liquor: A beautiful light greenish yellow. Not a lot of aroma from the liquor.
Taste: A wonderful balanced tasting tea. Light forward vegetal flavors of asparagus and steamed spinach with a hint of sweet fresh cut grass. It has a light sweetness to the flavor with a very hydrating mouthfeel. This tea also has a very, very long finish to it. As I write this I can still taste and feel the Gyokuro as if I just sipped some (it has been over an hour since I last tasted it)!
— Although this has been my first experience with Gyokuro, I am now hooked! I don’t know about other Gyokuros, there might be better ones out there but Hibiki-an has really created a fantastic Gyokuro! If you are looking to get into Gyokuro, this is a great place to start!