• 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…


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    Yunomi #01 Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro

    Photo: Yunomi Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 120 degrees Preparation Method: Hagi glazed houjin Liquor: bright green This tea was actually from the July shipment of Yunomi’s Tea Samplers Club. I’ve got a bit of a back log so I wasn’t able to get it published until now. Gyokuro is a rare treat and I dove into this one with gusto. It was nothing short of exquisite. The taste was sweet and grassy with a buttery mouth-feel. There no bitterness at all. The umami (strong savory taste caused by high levels of theanine) became stronger as the tea cooled. This is a…

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    Tea for Tyrants Gyokuro Superior

    Photo: Tea for Tyrants Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep dark green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 158 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: pale green When I saw the Kickstarter for Tea for Tyrants I just knew that I had to jump on the bandwagon. Their innovative concept of pairing tea with music was definitely something that I wanted to explore. The tea itself was everything that I love about Gyokuro. It was vegetal and sweet without any bitterness or astringency. The low steeping temperature made it perfect for a very warm summer morning. Although mellow, it had plenty of umami and I felt a jolt of…