Organic Yame Gyokuro Grade 1

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Bitter, Grass, Mineral
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140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more 47 oz / 1390 ml

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Made this tea mizudashi style. Sweet, vegetal, grassy as expected. Slightly lacking in depth of flavor, but overall nice.

Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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What was I thinking? I didn’t want to buy 100g of gyokuro from Yuuki Cha when I placed my order in June so I decided to go with this one from Tealyra when the Father’s Day sale was on. It had some really great reviews on their website.

When I opened the bag and smelled the leaves I never got that fresh deep green aroma I get from a quality gyokuro or shencha. It was a bit faint. They don’t vacuum seal their bags so I assume this would have added to the tea not being as fresh.

This gyokuro was really disappointing. It’s grassy with bitterness even brewed at 60C. I did 4 infusions at 60 and then moved up to 70C. It still stayed grassy, mineral, and faintly bitter throughout. No deep buttery nuttiness, no spinach, hardly any sweetness, no umami, no seaweed. To me, this tea was a waste of my money. Next time I’ll just order the 100g from Yuuki Cha. Even with some of their teas that are not the best, they are way better than this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Mineral

140 °F / 60 °C 5 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

It sucks when a pricey tea fails to live up to its promise. I stopped buying green tea that doesn’t indicate when it was picked…been burned too many times. Anything older than the last harvest isn’t worth it IMO. Btw, Yuuki-Cha does sell gyokuro in 50g packs. I’ve tried a couple of them and they were decent. I’m more of a sencha person though. Gyokuro is a little too umami forward for me.


It’s definitely not your everyday tea but I sometimes get a craving for the deep spinach, sweet, umami taste. Since it’s only an occasional tea, it’s got to be high quality. I didn’t know Yuuki-cha has gyokuro in 50g packs. I’ll have to check that out. Thanks.

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