Gyokuro Ureshinocha

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Green Tea
Green Tea
Green, Spinach, Vegetal, Grass
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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 13 oz / 378 ml

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“Ureshinocha” literally means “Tea of Joy” is a specialty type of green tea specially produced in Saga, Kyushu Prefecture of Japan. It has a very unique flavor with a very sweet and mellow gyokuro taste. Like all gyokuro type of green tea, this green tea is produced with the first harvest young tea leaves that has the max vitamin, mineral and antioxidant contents.

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The steeping instructions suggest 1-1.5 tsp per 8oz, 175F/80C water, 1.5-2min steep time. This is less tea and a much hotter water temperature than what I found when I went looking online for gyokuro steeping instructions! So, I went with 1.5 tsp, 8-10oz water, I overcooled the water a bit, so the final steeping temperature was around 70C (which was fine with me, that high temp was making me nervous), and did a 1.5min steep to start, 2min for the second. This actually turned out really well – it’s a nice, savoury, vegetal tea, tastes very green and spinachy, with just a bit of not-unpleasant bitterness and astringency. I notice that there’s some tea dust in the bottom of my cup, small enough to escape my mesh strainer, so that might be part of why it got a bit bitter near the end of the cup. Either way, I’ve decided I like gyokuro, and look forward to experimenting with different ways of steeping it.

Flavors: Green, Spinach, Vegetal

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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1737 tasting notes

I usually append my second infusion observations at the bottom of the first infusion tasting note, but I feel compelled in this case to honor Tealux Gyokuro Ureshinocha with a separate second infusion tasting note. Why? Because it is totally delicious and better than most first infusions!

I got the brew right this time: short steep using 73C water. The resultant liquor is an exquisite green—the greener the better, in my view—with a bit of the hazy iridescence characteristic of excellent steamed Japanese teas. The taste is superb: smooth and slightly sweet but also steamed green vegetable. Not a trace of bitterness (as I encountered when I oversteeped the first infusion earlier today). Yum.

With a second infusion this excellent, I’ll have to try a third!

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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475 tasting notes

Very similar to the Gyokuro Premier and has the standard spinachy flavour of Gyokuro. Has a slightly citrus/fruity like smell. Steeped 3 times.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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