If you are a Gyokuro lover, you may know of Kuradashi Gyokuro. It gains an enriched flavor and deep noble aroma and sweetness over time. Our Kuradashi Tea is aged in the granary for more than 1.5 years. (For more information, visit What’s Kuradashi Tea page.)
Each leaf of this top quality tea is specially selected and carefully picked by our farmers’ skilled hands. This special tea is a blend of two breeds, Samidori and Yabukita, both known for their noble taste and aroma. It is said that Samidori and Gokoh is most suitable breeds for enriched Gyokuro. Samidori are grown only in small amounts mainly in the Uji region in Kyoto. It is an important feature of Samidori tea leaves that they gain an enriched flavor and sweetness over time.
As for the preserving procedure, in order to be aged and enriched well, tea leaves for Kuradashi Gyokuro are stored in different temperature and circumstance from any other usual tea leaves in order just to keep fresh.
Therefore, all Gyokuro does not gain an enriched flavor but only specific kinds of Gyokuro. Only tea leaves managed fertilizer and nutrients well, shadeded from sunlight by the way “Tana” which requires skillful technique and great care, processed appropriately, suitable a few breeds can be aged and enriched. Otherwise, if unsuitable tea leaves or middle or low grade Gyokuro were aged, they would just deteriorate and never deepen the richer and subtle flavour of Kurdashi Gyokuro which lingers in the mouth for a while.
We have enriched this highest grade of Gyokuro for one and a half years.
Kuradashi Gyokuro is different from ordinary Gyokuro in aroma and flavor, so it may be enjoyable for you to compare this tea with regular Gyokuro. The superb enriched and sweetened flavor and aroma of this special tea lingers in the mouth for a while. The aroma is full, but not too strong. The flavor is rich and subtle. The taste is both mellow and enhanced.
Kuradashi Gyokuro can best be described in the same way a fine wine is described and enjoyed by connoisseurs. Like Pinot Noir red wine, Kuradashi Gyokuro is amazingly full flavored with hints of woody spices, sweet fruits, and nuts, as well as oak, earth, leaves, and grass. It is difficult to describe this remarkably delicious tea and just must be experienced firsthand!
It is the best way to enjoy Kuradashi Gyokuro which is available only this autumn season, just once a year!