Roasted Gyokuro (organic)

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Flowers, Grass, Toast, Butter, Green, Chestnut, Hot hay, Nuts, Roasted nuts, Toasty, Roasted, Spinach, Nutty, Vegetal
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Kosher, Organic
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Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 11 oz / 337 ml

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  • “Picked up some of this a few months back from a friend. My SO brewed some this morning. He over did it a bit – very bitter in the mouth – but a sweetness in the after taste. I loved it by the end.” Read full tasting note
  • “Good tea, but I dont think its good enough for the price. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago for 40% off and to me it was a good deal at that price. The tea is very buttery compared to a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “It seems strange to go against everything a particular tea stands for. A gyokuro is supposed to be minimally processed, is it not? Why roast a gyokuro? According to Steepster, Davids is the only...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “Although David’s Tea has now discontinued this tea, I still have more than 100g of it. As soon as I heard that they would no longer carry it, I stocked up on as much as I could (despite the...” Read full tasting note
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If you’re looking to treat yourself to an exceptional green tea, you can’t go wrong with gyokuro. One of the highest grades of Japanese tea, gyokuros are shade-grown for a sweet, grassy flavour all their own. And unlike your average gyokuro, this particular tea is slow-roasted during processing, which gives it rich, toasty finish. With notes of brown butter and a uniquely nutty aroma, this is one luxurious tea. Hey, why have anything but the best?

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27 tasting notes

Picked up some of this a few months back from a friend. My SO brewed some this morning. He over did it a bit – very bitter in the mouth – but a sweetness in the after taste. I loved it by the end.

Flavors: Flowers, Grass, Toast

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Good tea, but I dont think its good enough for the price. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago for 40% off and to me it was a good deal at that price. The tea is very buttery compared to a Japanese Sencha type tea. Grassy but more buttery and greasy than anything.

It is good, just overpriced, like a lot of DT.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Green

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
MrQuackers

How much tea and water are you using? Also, what temperature? If you follow DT’s instructions, you will get a cup of tea. But nobody actually drinks Gyokuro like that. :)

Liam Cooley

How should I be drinking it?

MrQuackers

Well, Gyokuro is a very expensive tea. They go to all the trouble of shading it for 6 weeks. It’s used to make matcha as well (which ain’t cheap either). So you have to treat it like a green tea. Lower temps. Less water. More Leaf.

7 to 8 grams of tea
140-160F temp
1.5 to 2 min per steeping (do multiple steeps)

Liam Cooley

That’s how I normally do it. I never use boiling water for greens or white teas.

What do you mean by multiple steeps? Let it steel pull it out and then wait and let it steep again?

MrQuackers

Oh I forgot. 200 mL of water at most. Multiple steeps means you brew it multiple but seperate times. Brew Drink. Brew Drink.

jennk

where in the world were you able to buy it from? they’ve discontinued it, and are completely out of stock everywhere.

Liam Cooley

JennK I got it about 2 weeks ago, it was 40% off for their final carrying of it. Looks like we wont see it for a while, or ever again.

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239 tasting notes

It seems strange to go against everything a particular tea stands for. A gyokuro is supposed to be minimally processed, is it not? Why roast a gyokuro? According to Steepster, Davids is the only one to attempt it.

The dry leaf smells kind of like a barn, but in a good way. It’s more than hay; it’s the wood, the humid smell, something a little horsey.

The brew tastes like roasted chestnuts and cashews. There’s a little buttery flavor, but the dominating flavor is roasted—roasted nuts and hay. There’s also a hint of cedar wood. It’s a little drying as well.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Hot hay, Nuts, Roasted nuts, Toasty

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

Although David’s Tea has now discontinued this tea, I still have more than 100g of it. As soon as I heard that they would no longer carry it, I stocked up on as much as I could (despite the price…). It is my favourite green tea to date – for so many reasons. I often find myself in the middle of the day in random situations craving this tea. The smell of it is unlike any other green tea this company carries. I often find myself keeping the steeped cup close to me when I have this tea to make sure I can smell it. I find the description to be quite true in that it really does have a buttery taste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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5 tasting notes

Well, it definitely tastes buttery. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but by the time I finished my sample, I got used to it, in large part because I discovered that if you experiment with the amount of tea that you use in a single steeping, you can adjust how strongly that buttery note comes out. If you want a subtler taste, go for 1 to 1.5 teaspoons. An acquired taste. I’m pretty sure this tea is growing in the back of Paula Deen’s yard.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Roasted, Toast

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20 tasting notes

Delicious! Very “green” tasting… like spinach water almost (but not in a bad way). Super silky smooth and almost has a buttery aftertaste. LOVE this! Be really careful not to brew for too long… green tea get SUPER bitter. I usually go for the minimum time suggested and it comes out perfect.

Flavors: Butter, Spinach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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1758 tasting notes

Oh goodness this is delish. What a great way to use up my free 50g. Really happy with my choice!
It’s rich, buttery, and quite intense. Mind you, I overleafed this a tad, which leaves a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. It reminds me of how spinach sometimes tastes. The same bitter I get from brussel sprouts (which I hate) but paired with the buttery sugar notes, the whole package really works for me. A rather complex tea… YUM!

Evol Ving Ness

I like this one a lot too. I often use it as a travel mug tea.

Indigobloom

Oh hey that’d be an awesome travel tea! What ratios do you use for that

Evol Ving Ness

I steep very lightly and under leaf. So approximately half a DT teaspoon to 12 or 16 oz. And resteep a couple of times too.

Indigobloom

Ah. I know the bag says to use 3/4 of a tsp. Which means this will go a long way at half for 12 or 16oz. Thx Evol! :)

Plunkybug

I just picked up 25g of this, seeing as it is on sale since it is being cut, but I will get more before it is gone if I decide I like it (I suspect I will).

Indigobloom

omg no! hope they still have some by the time I go to the store

Evol Ving Ness

A DT staff member told me the other day that they are bringing in maybe five straight teas on August 2nd. The selection sounded promising. One of them is white peony.

Indigobloom

Oh yay!! I can’t wait to see what they get :P
Maybe I’ll even try the white!

Plunkybug

I wonder if the green will be like the blue mountain twirl that I miss so much.

Evol Ving Ness

The plain teas are in. I am looking forward to trying them. I wonder whether DTs is trying to redeem itself after their overly sweetened and overly imitation flavoured shenanigans.

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85
12 tasting notes

Very good tea, tastes excellent with honey. I think the recommended 3 minute steep time is too much and results in a more bitter flavor. Good tea for repeated steeps. I think the gyokuro yamashiro is a little better however.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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1906 tasting notes

I decided to take full advantage of my free 50g of tea from DT’s Frequent Steeper program and get a free pouch of (what was at the time) the most expensive tea they stocked.

To me, it tastes a fair bit like a sencha with that initial grassy tone, but it mellows out into something fuller and sweeter with a slightly nutty flavour that reminds me of the genmaicha they serve at my local sushi hangout.

I haven’t tried many gyokuros so I’m not sure how this rates over all in terms of quality, but I found it to be a decently enjoyable plain green tea. It’s perfect for drinking with a sweet dessert as the slight bitterness counters the sugar nicely.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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My husband is sick with mono (which I’m 90% sure I had when I was 15) and therfore has been drinking a lot of tea-iced and hot. I’ve been really trying to resist buying more tea but I figured since he’s been burning through more tea than me, I’ll treat myself and pick up 25g of this.

Oh my word, this is delicious. I brewed it up in an improper way- I probably used 1.5 instead of 3/4 tsp and I only steeped it for about 30 sec in a rush to work, but It seemed to even out in the end. This tea is rich and buttery with a bit of a roasted flavour. It’s so lovely I feel bad that I didn’t get to sit and savor it like it deserves. I’ll have to do that tomorrow morning as I listen in on the church service online since we will be unable to attend with my husband’s mono!

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
Kirkoneill1988

I’ve never tried gyokuro

Kristal

It’s so good. Its expensive but a rue pleasure to drink.

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