About Okabe Gyokuro:
A delicious offering from Okabe, Japan, available in 50g packs. Okabe Gyokuro is a current favorite due to its smooth, refined, citrusy flavor and lingering sweetness. Gyokuro expresses different flavor nuances when hot or iced. Even slight variations in the temperature and steeping time can influence the flavor of the brew. It is a good idea to experiment with brewing until one lands on the preferred flavor. In general, you will want to add some cold water on top of the leaf before adding hot water. Steep at a lower temperature than you would most green teas — 140 degrees or less — for a few minutes.
Okabe Gyokuro is shade-grown for 3 weeks, a process that leads to the increased production of chlorophyll. The young leaves used for Gyokuro can only be harvested for a few weeks each season. Freshly-picked tea leaves are steamed — something that gives Japanese greens a unique flavor and brilliant color. Following steaming, the tea leaves are rolled and dried and take on a long, thin shape. At this stage, it is considered “aracha” or unprocessed tea. The next step is to turn it into “shiage” or refined tea. This involves sieving and cutting the tea leaves and further drying them. Finally, a special blend is carefully created to achieve a unique and agreeable flavor.
Ingredients: Green tea leaves.
Sold in 50 gram packs.
Very pleasant, sweet and buttery brew with notes of citrus peel and sesame seed.
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
|Water Temp °F (°C)||Steep Time (minutes)||Number of Infusions||Quantity of Leaf (tsp / 8oz water)|