Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Aiya Tea Premium Gyokuro


Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: dark, needle-like
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 122 degrees
Preparation Method: Houjin
Liquor: bright yellowish green

Whenever the weather starts turning warm, I get a craving for Gyokuro. It's vegetal flavor just screams spring. Aiya Tea has recently launched a line of loose leaf teas, including this premium Gyokuro. It was light and sweet with just enough astringency to add a refreshing crispness. I love a tea that is both delicate and savory. I could have used a gaiwan or teapot but I really prefer to make gyokuro in houjin. I've included a picture of mine below as an example. It really concentrates the flavor and is perfect for making tea for one. After three full infusions, I felt that I still could have gotten more out of these leaves. I would definitely recommend this tea.