I haven’t had this particular gyokuro before. I used my usual method for brewing gyokuro – two teaspoons of leaves steeped for one and a half minutes in water at 55C – but it didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. Quite good, rich and flavoursome as gyokuro should be, but a little more astringent than I like. I left the second steeping for only one minute but it was significantly more astringent than the first. I’ll have another try at getting this one right before deciding to go back to my usual organic gyokuro from teas.com.au.
Trying this again, still at 55C but steeping for only one minute this time. Well, that’s got rid of the astringency that started to creep in after the extra half a minute, but it’s also lost a lot of the flavour. It’s produced a cup of tea that’s pale and weak instead of delicate and rich. I’m really disappointed in this tea and won’t be buying it again.