Snowflake Gyokuro

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Flavor, Green Tea, Marshmallow Root, Peppermint, Spearmint
Flavors
Creamy, Marshmallow, Mint
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Good morning all! I went a different route this morning for my typical morning brew and I’m so glad I did. Happy dance! This blend is almost identical to my very favorite blend of all time that is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This was very odd. I expected it to be sweet, almost like candy, but obviously it wasn’t. It had a bit of nip, which made it very appropriately named. It is cold like snow, and it is predominately...” Read full tasting note
    78
  • “So much groggy in my brain today! I had a really bad allergic reaction (just discovered I am allergic to aloe, this explains so very much about my life) so that means benadryl, which in turn means...” Read full tasting note
    84

From 52teas

For our first Fifth Monday blend since we changed our subscription plans, we’ve created a delicately flavored Gyokuro. Gyokuro (or “jade dew”) is one of the highest quality Japanese green teas available. It is grown in the shade for approximately three weeks before harvesting, resulting in a richer, sweeter cup that is unparalleled in flavor. We have given this sacred tea a healthy dose of organic marshmallow root, a little peppermint and spearmint and organic marshmallow, peppermint and spearmint flavors and named our happy creation “Snowflake Gyokuro”. I hope you get a chance to enjoy it. We only have a few of these left.

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At 52teas.com, you will find unique, hand-blended artisan loose leaf teas: a new limited edition creation every week of the year. We pride ourselves on offering truly unique, one-of-a-kind tea blends that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Good morning all! I went a different route this morning for my typical morning brew and I’m so glad I did. Happy dance! This blend is almost identical to my very favorite blend of all time that is no longer available from 52Teas which is Graveyard Mist. I still enjoyed the Mist blend more but this one is almost kicked up a notch with how refreshing it is. The tea mixes so well with the flavors Frank put together. There is a creamy minty goodness with a slight almost tang to it. Delish!

I bought two bags. Should have bought more. Hopefully we have the ability to blend our own teas again and I can request to have Graveyard made once again. If anybody has any of that left let me know. SIGH. I miss it so.

Flavors: Creamy, Marshmallow, Mint

KittyLovesTea

Ooohh this sounds delicious! I too loved Graveyard Mist, will have to kepe my eyes open for this one :)

Nichole/CuppaGeek

If I can get my hands on more, I’ll gladly send you some. :)

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This was very odd. I expected it to be sweet, almost like candy, but obviously it wasn’t. It had a bit of nip, which made it very appropriately named. It is cold like snow, and it is predominately minty. But it isn’t fairy-tale snow where everyone somehow looks warm and cozy – it is like REAL snow that makes your hands numb.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So much groggy in my brain today! I had a really bad allergic reaction (just discovered I am allergic to aloe, this explains so very much about my life) so that means benadryl, which in turn means sleepy. If I did not have a mountain of things to do (ah the holidays) I would curl up in bed with my kindle and catch up on some reading. Currently I am reading a book about using Cognitive Behavioral Theory to help anxiety and depression in adults in the Autism Spectrum, a book about food in the Medieval times, and a book on food allergies. Fascinating stuff, if I finish them up before the end of the year I would have read 96 books this year, I was hoping to hit 100, but alas, I have been too busy!

So today’s tea is a wintry blend from 52Teas: Snowflake Gyokuro. Yeah, I did a double take too when I saw it was a blended Gyokuro, I am not sure this is a an act of genius or a horrible sin, I mean it is Gyokuro, that stuff is supposed to be sacred, right? Regardless, I knew I needed to try it for many reasons: it has marshmallow root (best stuff ever), it is winter themed, and it is a blended Gyokuro…I mean when will I get the chance to try that again? So, this is a blend of Gyokuro, Spearmint, Peppermint, Marshmallow Root, and Organic Natural Flavors, I really enjoyed 52Teas other minty, marshmallow green tea Graveyard Mist, so in theory I should like this…problem is, Gyokuro is not always a sweet tasting tea, in fact usually it is pretty umami, so this could be a real adventure. So from the aroma, all I am getting is mint and marshmallow, it is very sweet and the mint clears my sinuses, wintry indeed! I can certainly see snow being represented by the cleanness of mint and the gentle sweetness of marshmallow, but I wonder where the aroma of the Gyokuro is?

I was a bit stumped on how to brew this tea, after much debating I gasp just decided on a basket in a teacup, though I did not follow the directions on the package, I have had too many bad encounters with Japanese teas brewed too hot, so I opted for 155. So, I found the Gyokuro after steeping, it is there under the mint and marshmallow, there are notes of spinach, hay, and fresh sea air. Not going to lie, this combination is incredibly odd, not off putting at all, but just not something you expect to run into ever. The liquid is very similar, the mint is mellowed out a bit, the marshmallow is just as sweet, and the Gyokuro is still doing its thing, with the sea air taking on more of a kelp tone.

This tea is hard to describe, and it might win the award for one of the weirdest teas I have reviewed (that is only because I have not reviewed any of 52Teas bacon themed teas on the blog yet, I have the notes though!) Like with the aroma, the combination of things going on in my mouth is not off putting, it is just something I never thought I would mix together. First is mild mint with a cooling sensation that fills up my nose, you can definitely tell it is spearmint and peppermint, then there is the Gyokuro. It is savory, a blend of sea air, kelp, spinach, and mown grass. It is so bizarre, but it actually works really well together. I went for another steep and this time I only got hints of mint and marshmallow and much stronger Gyokuro. If there is any of my stash left come summer time, I might have to try this cold brewed.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/12/52teas-snowflake-gyokuro-tea-review.html

Fjellrev

You’re a trooper for taking Benadryl and trucking on with the holiday tasks! I can never take that stuff during the day and just try to deal with the allergy symptoms until evening.

Btw, I love the main picture on the top of your blog site!

TeaNecromancer

Usually if it is sniffly allergies I will push through until night time, but I had to go out and the world and my face looked like a chemical burn, it was bad. My poor mom was trying to help my mysterious rash by putting aloe juice on it and made it MUCH MUCH WORSE, she felt really guilty which was sad.

Thank you for the compliment, it was great fun playing in the little bit of snow with my tea :D

Fjellrev

Aww, I hope it’ll clear up and you’ll feel better soon! They ought to come out with an effective non-drowsy anti-histamine.

TeaNecromancer

Thank you! It is better, and now that I figured out I am allergic to aloe (who knew?) I can avoid it and hopefully not have so many awful skin problems.

And I know, right? I am really not sure why there are none.

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