Gyokuro Imperial

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
Flavors
Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal, Grass, Dark Bittersweet
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Steve
Average preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec 12 oz / 347 ml

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  • “SIPDOWN! Thanks to *Raritea* for this sample. Now i'm not huge fan of straight greens but this one is for sure one that I could keep around for when i'm in the mood for a straight green. ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Thanks to *Raritea* for a sample of this one! Unfortunately, although I knowingly wrote 1 tsp on the bag, I clearly put 1.5 into it, so this is not yet a sipdown :( Ahhh, this is tasty. Vegetal...” Read full tasting note
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    kittenna 2606 tasting notes
  • “Loose Appearance: long fine leaf, dark forest green Aroma when Dry: buttery, smooth, sweet (eastern) After water is first poured: buttery, smooth, creamy, sweet (eastern) At end of first steep:...” Read full tasting note
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    NatureDancer 189 tasting notes
  • “This poor tea... I killed it with both steeping time and hot water. My mom still loved it, but I thought it was too astringent for me. She said "it tastes like spinach water" and, as she is...” Read full tasting note
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From Teavana

Rich, almost full-bodied, smooth taste with sweet ending & complex notes.

The finest of Japanese teas, Gyokuro bushes are covered for several weeks before harvest with bamboo or straw shades to increase the chlorophyll content of the leaves. The results of this transformation are the renowned dark green leaves with high concentrations of Antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. Celebrated for its emerald green infusion and sweet aftertaste.

How to Prepare
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 175 degrees (79 degrees Celsius) and steep for 45 seconds to 1 minute. For stronger flavor, use more tea leaves. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.

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91 Tasting Notes

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2 tasting notes

I’ve only had this tea prepared as per the recommendation of Teavana, which is steeped for 45 seconds in 175F water. After reading some of the reviews of other Steepsters, I think I’m going to try it for 2 minutes, especially in the morning as a replacement for my morning coffee.

Yes, when I first sampled this coffee, it definitely reminded me of fresh cut grass. I actually thought that was an indication of poor quality. But to the contrary, this tea has become my favorite green tea thus far. I’ve only had it by itself, but I think it would complement a dim sum dish very nicely.

It is pricey, but one of the more flavorful and authentic green teas that are available through the Teavana brand.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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83 tasting notes

I’m rather new to the green tea scene, but I know that this tea blew me away. If brewed with care, this tea has this incredible vegetal taste that is not overpowering but actually pretty smooth. The leaves are this beautiful dark green color that leave the tea almost a vibrant greenish-yellow. It is good with rock sugar but I prefer it with Teavana’s Organic Volcano White Honey. I also like it hot or iced. I haven’t had the heart to try it blended with other types of tea since I enjoy it so much alone, but I bet it would make interesting blends. Despite the higher price tag, I’ve been able to re-use the tea 3 times, with later steeps tasting better than the first.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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8 tasting notes

The aroma of the leaf in the tin is vegtal, but also rich, almost buttery. It yields a mild cup that is green, but not the professed emerald green on the label (which I have seen in other brands). It is gentle and grassy on the first infusion, and sweeter on the second.

The brewing instructions on my package called for 175 degrees for 30-45 seconds, however, I found the resulting infusion too weak, and increased the time to 90 seconds, which was sufficient without any trace of bitterness.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Zij-Ra

Buttery, yes! I was trying to think of how to describe that undertone.
Great review. :3

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95
8 tasting notes

Hands down the best green tea I’ve had. Light and grassy and not at all bitter (as long as it gets only a quick steep, that is). I’m definitely partial to Japanese greens, but suspect this would be well liked by anyone who enjoys green tea in general.

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0 min, 45 sec

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3 tasting notes

I love the gentle taste of this tea. One of the best tasting teas I have had.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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54 tasting notes

Best green tea I have ever tasted! This is naturally sweet with a great grassy bite to it and a smoothness that is just wonderful. The smell alone makes me happy! Absolutely a must for everyone. I find this tea usually makes people fall in love with the Japanese greens. Can be re-infused.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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111 tasting notes

Tasting a few of my older teas today, to see if they’re still good… This was one of my first loose-leaf purchases, so it’s at least three years old. And it’s held up surprisingly well! The aroma is the same as when I bought it, a sweet grassy smell. Once steeped, this tea has a buttery smooth flavor, along with a soft vegetal aftertaste. This particular cup is really powdery and a little bitter, since I wasn’t as careful with the steeping as I should have been… I honestly didn’t expect it to still taste this good! It’s a nice straight green. Like a lot of Teavana’s teas, it’s too expensive/not quite special enough to me to justify buying it again. But I’ll certainly keep around what I have left.

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90
2 tasting notes

I’ll start off by stating that I am of Japanese decent. That being said, this is by far the closest green tea I have had in America to the Japanese Green Tea that I love. The grassy aroma and soft buttery texture makes it a treat to be able to drink every day (I work at Teavana and get to drink every day). While it might appear that I am just advertising, this is truly a tea that I wish everybody would at least try. It is my absolute favorite Green Tea and possibly my favorite everyday tea. If you make at home, try using some distilled water rather than plain filtered water. The taste is much more accurate to true Japanese tea and the color is a distinct green as long as the temperature and time are also correct.

Flavors: Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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61 tasting notes

So I’m not one for straight greens… Or greens at all really, but I do like this tea very much. Grassy, buttery and bold, this green is nice and forward with flavor. Now, I do work at teavana now, and though that is the case, I am not bias, having loved tea for before I worked there. If anyone wants me to review anything, please let me know^_^

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
2 tasting notes

I’m probably a bit biased, but this is my favorite tea ever. I love my black teas but this green tea takes the cake. Just taking a sniff of it, you know there’s something different about it. There’s almost a sweet fragrance to it unlike most green teas, and when brewed the taste isn’t too “strong” in terms of flavor wise (reminder: I take straight black teas). It does what it needs to do while tasting amazing. Will always recommend!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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