Another pot of gyokuro following lunch, this one Tealux Gyokuro Premier. This is not exactly a steep-off with the Teavana Gyokuro Imperial, but I am consuming this pot within the hour. Of course, I drank the Teavana on an empty stomach, and now I’ve eaten, so that may be a relevant factor. Is it affecting my evaluation?
The liquor is viridescent and slightly cloudy, and the brew is just a tad astringent. It’s not quite as smooth and buttery as the Teavana, so I stick with my original evaluation a notch or two below Gyokuro Imperial.
This is a good gyokuro, no question there!
second infusion: I tried this round with cooler water (70C) and it was still a tad astringent, but very enjoyable. Astringency is obviously part of this tea’s personality!