The Japanese top package, Gyokuro classic & Fukamushi Sencha
The Japanese package is 100 g. Gyokuro classic and 100 g. Fukamushi Kabuse Sencha.
Making the tea leaves for gyokuro is a very demanding process that requires a great deal of knowledge. The bushes are covered with bamboo mats 20 days before they are to be harvested, thereby developing a deep green leaf with a high l-theanine content which gives a soft characteristic taste. Gyokuro means “pearl dew” and is among the finest of the Japanese teas.
In Sing Tea House we can offer several different Gyokuro teas which are all grown and produced according to the requirements that are pleasing in Japan if you want to sell a tea under the name Gyokuro. Good Gyokuro have in common that they contain a lot of L-theanine which is an amino acid that gives a deep and soft taste also known as Umami. The taste nuances will vary from product to product as different tea cultivars can be used for production. It is normal for tea producers to mix 3-4 cultivars to achieve the best possible result. It takes a lot of experience and expertise to produce good Gyokuro.
Our Gyokuro Classic is hand-picked and mixed with cultivars:
Okumidori, Saemidori, Tsuyuhikari and Yabukita.
The tea is produced by Hoshino Seichaen in Yame, Fukuoka, Japan. We have had a long-standing collaboration with this family-owned company, where the 4th generation took over the operation in 2016. The Hoshino Seichaen is especially known for their gyokuro teas, as they receive great prizes for their tea every year.
This gyokuro has a nuanced taste with notes of asparagus, beech leaves and hints of flowers as well as the characteristic umami.
Fukamushi is a category and can be translated as “long-term steam”. This means that this tea is steamed 2-3 times longer than, for example, a regular sencha, which produces a deeper taste. Kabusecha is a tea that has been growing in the shade for approx. one week before picking. This gives the tea a sweeter and more nuanced taste. Fukamushi Kabusecha is thus a “long-term steamed shade tea”. Japanese green tea can be enjoyed cold as well as hot as these teas have a mild and fresh taste. You can also brew the tea in cold water, but the leaves just need to pull for a longer time. This tea is from our producer Hoshino Seichaen in Yame, Fukuoka, Japan.