This is an absolutely lovely tea. I don’t want to use specific words to describe it because each word that comes to mind does not do this tea justice. I prefer big black teas with lots of smoke and lots of flavor. When a subtle tea wins me over like this, I am really moved. I’m going to invest in more of this, knowing that it’s a tea for a special and wonderful occasion.
Japan Gyokuro (720)
The advent of spring heralds this elite “Jade Dew” tea that is entirely produced by hand in a boutique setting in the Aichi Prefecture. The emerald leaf takes on a lustrous, splinter-like appearance after being subjected to full shading under trellises for several weeks. Intense chartreuse cup, with rewarding notes of seaweed and honeydew melon. A brief second infusion is possible.