Crop 2oo9, Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Yame is one of the most important Gyokuro-growing regions in Japan, which produces between 40-50% of all Gyokuro. Yame is an ancient tea culture area established by a Buddhist monk who planted tea seeds in 1423 AD. Today, Yame Gyokuro is prized for its balance of sweet, umami and fresh flavors, complimented with low bitterness and pleasantly light astringency. This top grade of Yame Gyokuro has an elegant, fresh green and bright, somewhat milky lemon yellow infusion color. Use enough tea and brew with skill to find the stimulating evergreen, sweet and umami flavors that this tea offers. One serving makes three wonderfully rich infusions.