Organic Gyokuro Hisui

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Bitter, Broccoli, Grass, Umami, Butter, Vegetal
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by LuckyMe
Average preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 5 oz / 134 ml

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  • “I had a rough time with this tea. For starters, it was very finicky. Brewed as sencha, it’s bitter with an unpleasant vegetal aftertaste. The flavor improved slightly when I doubled the leaf...” Read full tasting note
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From Yuuki-cha

Hisui, a sweet and clean tasting organic gyokuro from Kagoshima. Refreshing and pleasant with less savory appeal, yet a lovely soft sweet taste when brewed at a regular gyokuro brewing temperature and nice cold or ice brewed, too.

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I had a rough time with this tea. For starters, it was very finicky. Brewed as sencha, it’s bitter with an unpleasant vegetal aftertaste. The flavor improved slightly when I doubled the leaf quantity and steeped in the manner of gyokuro (i.e., lower temperature, slightly longer steep). About 140F/90s worked for me.

The first steep is umami rich and has an assertive vegetal character. There’ some astringency at the end which is pleasant enough. The second steep I brewed like sencha for 1m at 160F and got a more sencha like flavor, grassy and less umami. However, there was a sulfur like bitterness as it went down. Not very enjoyable The third steep was flat and bitter.

Overall, this gyokuro is decidedly less sweet and more umami focused, which is fine but the harsh, persistent bitterness just doesn’t do it for me.

Flavors: Bitter, Broccoli, Grass, Umami

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Kristal

Ugh, I hear you. I know gyokuro is such a high quality tea but it’s SOOOO prone to bitterness that it turns me off.

LuckyMe

@Kristal, yeah gyokuro can be a difficult tea to brew. I still prefer sencha because of the sweeter flavor profile. Gyokuro is good but it leans more umami than sweet

Kristal

To each their own :)

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