Yunomi Monthly Mystery Tea Sampler’s Club: 2013 Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro from the Kurihara Family

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Yunomi

Tea Description:

Gyokuro tea is grown beneath shading, cutting out some 85% of the sunlight. This allows the leaves to mature without obtaining bitterness. The results is an ultra delicate green tea with an extremely sweet taste profile.

Our Heritage Gyokuro is grown beneath traditional, handmade bamboo and/or straw shading. The moisture that drips from this natural shading flavors the tea — a return to the past with this gourmet tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Yunomi’s Monthly Mystery Tea Sampler’s Club here.

Taster’s Review:

This is the second tea that I’m trying from this month’s Yunomi Monthly Mystery Tea Sampler’s Club package – 2013 Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro from the Kurihara family.

It is SO good.

I guess it goes without saying that I drink a lot of tea.  I taste a lot of different teas from a lot of different sources.  And, the plain and simple truth of the matter is, I enjoy much of what I taste.  But, while I do enjoy much of what I drink, there are different levels of enjoyment.  I enjoy a delicious, well-conceived flavored blend of tea – these teas are fun and sweet and tasty.  They’re kind of like candy in tea form.

And then, every once in a while, I get something like this:  a pure, unadulterated Gyokuro.  And with the very first sip, I think:  “now this is TEA!”  This is tea on a whole other level.  And while the flavored blends are like candy in tea form, an exceptional Gyokuro like this one is more like going out to a five star restaurant and being served at the Chef’s table in tea form.

This truly is an extraordinary Gyokuro.  It is sweet with a complex vegetative taste that is like lightly buttered, steamed fresh vegetables with hints of new, spring grass and just a hint of kelp in there.  But because Gyokuro tends to be a delicate brothy taste, these notes are soft.

It is such a wonderful, contemplative cup.  It is very smooth with very little astringency.  There is absolutely no bitterness … it’s just sweet and delicate and fresh tasting.  Such a lovely, lovely cuppa!

A remarkable Gyokuro, this Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro.

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