TJ80: Gyokuro

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Butter, Butternut Squash, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal
Sold in
Not available
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by slack
Average preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

Currently unavailable

We don't know when or if this item will be available.

From Our Community

1 Image

0 Want it Want it

3 Own it Own it

12 Tasting Notes View all

From Upton Tea Imports

The finest Japanese green tea, only shade-grown tips are used for Gyokuro. Prized for its delicate flavor and natural sweetness.

Steeping Suggestions: –
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 170º
Steep Time: 2 min.

About Upton Tea Imports View company

Company description not available.

12 Tasting Notes

971 tasting notes

Treating myself this morning ;)

Rie

Nice intro to Spring! :D

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

197 tasting notes

Absolutely hate it, tasted like fermented spinach

Carolyn

You might try steeping it in cooler water for a shorter time. I think I steeped it for 2 or 3 minutes in 160 degree water and it came out really nice, very light and sweet. In general I’ve found that I don’t like green teas when I steep them as hot as is recommended or as long.

Cofftea

160 is actually the low end of what’s recommented. Most sources say 160-180 for 2-3 min so that’s right on target. At least from what I’ve read.

Auggy

Gyokuro can be hard to get right and it requires much cooler water than sencha to make it sweet. Ocha’s got a pretty good explanation of how to brew it best.
http://www.o-cha.com/brewing-gyokuro.htm

Cofftea

@Auggy, thanks! This is one green I haven’t had before so it’s good that I know this before I try it:)

Auggy

No problem. Japanese greens pretty much have a whole other set of rules for brewing and the lower the water temp, the sweet it usually ends up. Which is kind of awesome. On the flip side, though, you get it too hot and it is NASTY.

Carolyn

@Cofftea: Thank you for the information! I’ve always see the 180 degrees for 3 minutes and it wasn’t working for me. It’s nice to know that I should be thinking of this as a range of time and temperature.

teaplz

Green tea specifics like these have made me a bit more hesitant to try them over something like the blacks and oolongs. :( Well, I’ve got Adagio’s gunpowder on the way, so we’ll see how it works out!

Marlena, I hope the direction that everyone has given you helps you brew up a better cup of this!

Luthien

The page Auggy has linked you to is right on the money. I’ve found Gyokuro works best if I use approximately two teaspoons of leaves per cup and steep at 55C/130F. It’s a really lovely green tea if you get it right but tastes absolutely foul if you get it wrong.

Marlena

Well, from what everyone has said, I need to get another sample and keep this page next to me as I brew. It may be a while, as i have a HUGE selection of teas and the DH is complaining, nicely, of course.

Marlena

Yeah, I think I did it much too hot. Sounds like Japanese greens and Chinese greens are quite different. I like most of the Chinese greens I’ve tried, but I also think I’ve known more by the time I tried them, so I did it better.

Cofftea

@Marlena, try 2tsp in 4oz of water in 160 degree water for 2 min. I’m going to be preparing all of my Japanese greens traditionally from now on, although it’s gonna take some getting used to not drinking 6oz cups. The amount of water varies by type of Japanese green and ranges from 2-8oz.

Cofftea

@Auggy, not according to my Den’s Tea info. Gyokuro is steeped at 160 and Premium Gyokuro is steeped (2 tsp) in 2-3oz of 140 degree water for 2.5 min. I could VERY well be wrong, but I’d think to be called premium it would need to have “premium” in the name. Maybe not.

Marlena

Dear Everybody. I have some samples from other sources, and I am trying all your methods and I don’t Like it. It’s either bad spinach or, worse – Seaweedy or fishy, both of which I really, really don’t like. I have to say it was much better at the lower temps, but it’s not for me. I don’t like fish or seafood or seaweed at all, so therein is the problem. Oh well

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84
2542 tasting notes

It’s ok but nothing like the gyokuro from Arbor teas which was a revelation to me. It’s light and mostly sweet, very spinach-y/vegetal. Probably would not get this one again from Upton because it’s fairly costly.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75
224 tasting notes

It has a pretty chartreuse green color with a lot of fine particles of tea floating throughout. The fragrance is sweet and nutty and the taste is pleasantly delicate. The perfect tea for a meditative moment.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

31
1 tasting notes

I found this gyokuro to be a bit too bitter. I still prefer the terravita gyokuro from zooscape: http://www.ZooScape.com/cgi-bin/maitred/GreenCanyon/questp510438

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec
DM1971

I have to agree – Terravita tea is very good tea at great prices.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

83
711 tasting notes

Sipdown! (141)

This sample came from KiwiDelight. I’m sorry I took so long to try it, Kiwi! I didn’t mean to! :P I wasn’t a huge fan of the other gyokuro I tried, so I kind of avoided this one. But now that I’m trying to sip a bunch of teas down, all bets are off! The leaves are very dark green and look similar to sencha, maybe a little thinner. Dry scent is spinach and slightly sweet. I did a 2 minute steep at 175 degrees, just because I said so. Lol.

This is actually quite tasty. Gyokuro kind of seems like a more concentrated version of sencha to me. It’s very intense spinach flavor with some sweetness, but there’s something about it that seems almost savory as well. It’s smooth and buttery, and reminds me of pureed butternut squash. Not something I would keep stocked, because I think I prefer sencha, but I’m glad I tried it!

Flavors: Butter, Butternut Squash, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85
6 tasting notes

First time with this type of tea. It was different, highly vegetal but with a lingering sweetness which was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It’s been about a year since my last batch tried from Upton. Could go for it again to treat myself.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84
153 tasting notes

I used to hate green tea. I thought it tasted like dry grass/hay, and sometimes even fishy. Lately though that is changing: I’ve really been enjoying Japanese green teas, including this one.

I realized in a panic it was steeping for too long, and rushed to get the infuser out, but it still tastes good. This is one of the first green teas I’ve had where the steeped liquid is actually pretty green looking. The taste reminds me of other Japanese teas I’ve had, except maybe a little less strong, with the buttery flavors in the forefront, and the grass-like, vegetal flavors more subtle. It also kind of has a mineral-esque taste in the background, not unlike those I get in oolongs sometimes. It has kind of a sweet aftertaste after I’ve been drinking it awhile. Great tea. A little pricey for me for regular drinking though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 15 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75
10 tasting notes

Delicious. This is my first Gyokuro and it’s not disappointing. However, it tastes and smells almost identical to one of my favorites, Adagio’s Sencha Overture.. just a lot more expensive. I’m fairly new to loose tea, so it might just be that my palate isn’t as refined. :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.