Gyokuro Asahi Rare Green Tea
Gyokuro green tea is considered the finest green tea in Japan. It is only made from the youngest buds of the spring harvest and then undergoes a rigorous preparation process.
The tea plants that Gyokuro comes from are covered in 90% shade for twenty days before harvesting, reducing the amount of chlorophyll the plant produces and changing the ratio of chemicals in the leaves, dramatically impacting the flavor and aroma of the tea.
After the tea is harvested it is steamed, rolled, air-dried, and rolled again. The tea is then sorted by grade: the best leaves are selected for Gyokuro. The leaves undergo more rolling and drying, until they eventually take their end form, resembling small thin pine needles.