Gyokuro Imperial

Tea type
Green Tea
Green Tea Leaves
Astringent, Burnt, Butter, Grass, Hay, Straw, Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal, Dark Bittersweet
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170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec 8 g 15 oz / 433 ml

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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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100 Tasting Notes

6 tasting notes

This tea is great hot or iced. Be careful not to overstep it though.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Grass

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30 tasting notes

from The Traveling Tea Box

Maybe I should stick to blacks and pu’erhs in the morning. I’m just working my way through this enormous box and this highly vegetal green was next up. It’s a flash dried least favorite..but good quality. Onto the next……

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7 tasting notes

This is one of my go-to green teas. I’m often disappointed by Teavana, and for their price they don’t always deliver quality, but I make an exception for their Gyokuro Imperial. It’s strong, but the vegetal taste isn’t too overpowering or bitter.

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13 tasting notes

Love this stuff. I’m a sucker for the in your face vegetal green teas and this is one of those. Love the smell. I can steep this stuff a good 3-5 times before it starts losing its taste.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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42 tasting notes

This was one of the first straight, unflavored green teas I drank that I really liked, and began to see why anyone would like green tea much. Very full-flavored, and sort of…grassy I guess? I see people use that descriptor a fair amount about green tea and I suppose that’s what I tasted in this. Anyway, it was very nice.

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33 tasting notes

Pretty good cup of tea…sweet and vegetal flavor, but I believe I might have steeped it a little long because there were hints of bitterness towards the middle and end. Still a really good tea. Need to try more variety though

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1 tasting notes

I agree with most of the other ratings. I found anything less than a level teaspoon per cup at 165 degrees for 45-60 seconds is too weak for my tastes. I would prefer a greener color to the brewed tea; the color is more yellow than green. I like the quality of second infusions, but not thirds, which are pale and flavorless.

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19 tasting notes

I have not made this tea at home, but when I visit my local Teavana store I have them prepare me this tea iced with a pear flavour shot in it. Very refreshing. I like grassy flavoured teas so eventually I may purchase this myself…though it is a bit pricey at $17 per 50g!


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63 tasting notes

I’m a green tea lover and this certainly has it’s own flavor. As others mentioned it’s “vegetabley” and “grassy”. I steeped too long first try and it was way too strong. Handles multiple steeps very well for me.

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27 tasting notes

I haven’t had a green tea in a long time. this one has renewed my appeal to green tea. it’s subtle in it’s grassy taste which is usually a turnoff in other brands. it goes down very smooth with an almost buttery taste though without a whole lot of aftertaste. I find this to be a very solid green tea that I would probably buy again.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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