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.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.