Being a shade-cultivated tea, gyokuro is rich in theanine an amino acid
responsible for gyokuros full-bodied mellow sweetness and slightly viscous nature.
In Japan, there is a special name for this taste: umami.
Generally, the higher the grade, the richer the umami taste.
While many teas are served hot and consumed as a means to quench a thirst,
gyokuro is different. A typical serving is a precious 1/3 of a teacup at a very
comfortable 60 C. Indeed, gyokuros refined luxurious taste is meant to be
savored, not rushed.
For gyokuro enthusiasts who would like to experience a slightly different gyokuro
taste, Ippodo offers Mecha. Unlike the tightly twisted leaves of regular gyokuro,
Mecha consists of very young shoots and buds which provide a unique youthful sweetness.
Recommended for gyokuro fans seeking a gyokuro taste with a different “twist”.