Reviews

American Tea Room Yame Gyokuro Green Tea

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, needle-like
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 165 degrees
Preparation Method: kyusu
Liquor: jade green, somewhat opaque

Gyokuro is always a rare treat for me, especially when it is from one of my favorite regions. The sample that I tried was from the 2015 harvest but I imagine that they’ll be listed the 2016 crop soon. The leaves were a deep, dark green with a subtle sheen to them. My first impression before actually picking up any tasting notes was the mouth-feel. It was thick and very smooth, coating my entire mouth from the first sip to the last. The taste was delicate and sweet with a light crispness that I found very pleasant. Sometimes I hate using the word vegetal to describe green teas like this one. I feel that it has a negative connotation in people’s minds (a childhood spent avoiding eating vegetables) which doesn’t really do the tea justice. American Tea Room compares it as watercress but I can’t say that I’ve ever had that before. Perhaps oceanic would be a better term? That never seems quite right either. There was a lingering sweetness that stayed with me long after finishing the last sip. One of my favorite things about a high end gyokuro like this is that the leaves are super tender after steeping. I can’t resist munching them. My boyfriend teases me that this habit is similar to dogs eating grass at the park. This tea carries a pretty hefty price point so I’d really only drink it on special occasions. I still have a tiny bit left and I’m planning to save it for the first really warm day so that I can ice brew it. That my friends, will be the nectar of the gods!

You can find out more about this tea here.

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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.