265 Tasting Notes
I haven’t had this particular gyokuro before. I used my usual method for brewing gyokuro – two teaspoons of leaves steeped for one and a half minutes in water at 55C – but it didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. Quite good, rich and flavoursome as gyokuro should be, but a little more astringent than I like. I left the second steeping for only one minute but it was significantly more astringent than the first. I’ll have another try at getting this one right before deciding to go back to my usual organic gyokuro from teas.com.au.
Interesting looking twisty leaves that produce a pale yellow liquor. First steeping was as directed, two minutes at 70C, but I was a bit underwhelmed by the result. I expected this tea to be delicate, and it is, but I also found it a bit dull and lacking in flavour. I left the second steeping half a minute longer and this allowed a bit more flavour to come through, along with a very slight astringent note, which also helped. Not bad, but it misses the mark with me. I find that a premium grade dragonwell delivers a lot more when I’m in the mood for a good Chinese green.