Nakamura-en: Gyokuro Mecha, The Discovery

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Green Tea
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Asparagus, Cucumber, Ocean Air, Salty, Seaweed, Spinach, Thick, Umami, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal, Astringent, Bitter, Black Pepper, Butter, Butternut Squash, Freshly Cut Grass, Honey, Parsley, Zucchini, Broth, Creamy, Smooth, Grass, Nutty, Salt, Sweet, Vegetables
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Use 7 oz / 206 ml of water
Set water temperature to 150 °F / 65 °C
Use 6 g of tea
Steep for 1 min, 30 sec
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“Summer Vacation! Slept all day and I think I’m feeling just coherent enough to give gyokuro another try. I tried one earlier in the week but didn’t really have enough leaf to do it properly, so now...” Read full tasting note
“I love the mouthfeel of this tea, but I am not overly fond of the strong bready aspect. It’s still a very good choice for when I want something savoury and complex, but I think I will be searching...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown. Drank the very last of this today. It’s both a relief and sad, as I had ordered 100g of this so was worried about drinking it fast enough, but it was so tasty that I’ll miss having it as...” Read full tasting note
“A rather different seeming gyokuro. Leaf buds and tips are smaller than the leaf usually used for this kind of tea. Taking that in mind, I didn’t brew it as long as I normally do for gyokuro, and...” Read full tasting note


A delicious discovery, an easy introduction to the world of gyokuro tea. Besides the amazingly savory umami flavor characteristic of gyokuro, “The Discovery” is also extremely versatile releasing savory umami flavor at a much wider range of flavors than gyokuro tea itself.

Part of the secret is that this tea from Uji, Kyoto, selected by 3rd generation tea master Shuichi Nakamura, is simply very high quality leaf. The other part of the secret is the fact that it is ‘mecha’ 芽茶 usually defined to be the tips of the leaf that break off during production.

Product Info:

Ingredients: Green tea
Harvest: Spring
Notes: Shaded for about 3 weeks before harvest for the extra umami flavor for which gyokuro is known. After processing into dry leaf, the leaf tips of the leaves (that break off during the rolling process) are separated out to form this tea.
Region: Kyoto

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