The exquisite quality, refinement and delicacy of Gyokuro tea cannot be overestimated! Although not much of this tea is produced every year, Gyokuro tea occupies the highest place in the hierarchy of Japanese Green Tea. The word “gyokuro” translates from Japanese as ‘jade dew’, owing to the delicate colour of its infusion.
Gyokuro tea owes its exquisite qualities to the fact that its growing process is different from that of other teas. Most of Gyokuro Tea comes from a town called Uji, in the suburb of Kyoto. This type of tea is not fully exposed to the sun, but is shaded from the sun. Therefore, its leaves do not dry out in the sun, and keep most of their original qualities and vitamins.
The colour of Gyokuro Tea leaves is slightly darker than that of its Sencha peer. This is the case because the leaves have not burnt in the sun at all.
Bedford tea offers you two types of Gyokuro tea, that you are welcome to discover.
Our Gyokuro Green Tea is, as mentioned above, a shaded type of Japanese Green Tea. It has an exquisite taste, and its flavour is very delicate. What is remarkable about Gyokuro Green Tea is that it has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Therefore, it would be preferable to taste it without any additions like sugar or milk. Besides, it would be a good idea to enjoy it on its own, i.e. without any chocolate, biscuits, etc. The best brewing temperature for this type of Gyokuro Tea would be 60-70 °C.
This tea is the king of all teas that Bedford Tea can offer you. We have a vast collection of exceptional teas, but Japanese Organic Gyokuro Green Tea is a definite winner! This tea type is what one usually calls ‘the top of the top’. This means that it is, indeed, a top quality Gyokuro tea. As all types of Gyokuro Tea, it has a delicate jade-coloured flavour, and a very subtle, tender liquor. However, the slightly bitter aftertaste, so common for Gyokuro Tea, makes this tea most exquisite! Additionally, our Japanese Organic Gyokuro tea, as you might have guessed by its name, contains solely organic ingredients! You are most welcome to discover this heavenly tea!
In conclusion, shaded tea is quite rare in the world. That is why it is so precious to all tea lovers. However, in addition to Gyokuro Tea, our ‘Silver Needle’ White Tea is also a type of shaded tea. Therefore, you might like to discover it too.
Finally, Gyokuro Tea is so sublime, that it would be a pity to think about prosaic things while indulging in this tea. What are we referring to? Washing your teapot, of course. Should you wish to prevent it, our Tea Accessories will come in handy!