Kuradashi Gyokuro Super Premium (40g/1.41oz)

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This item is limited edition of 850 packages only available this autumn season.

(If you pre-order this item together with regular Hibiki-an items, all items from your order will be shipped together at the same time when they are all available. The above shipping dates are good estimates, but the actual shipping date may be a few days earlier or later.)

If you are a Gyokuro lover, you may know of Kuradashi Gyokuro. It gains an enriched flavor and deep noble aroma and sweetness over time. Our Kuradashi Tea is aged in the granary for more than 1.5 years. (For more information, visit What’s Kuradashi Tea page.)

Each leaf of this top quality tea is specially selected and carefully picked by our farmers' skilled hands. This special tea is a blend of two breeds, Samidori and Yabukita, both known for their noble taste and aroma. It is said that Samidori and Gokoh is most suitable breeds for enriched Gyokuro. Samidori are grown only in small amounts mainly in the Uji region in Kyoto. It is an important feature of Samidori tea leaves that they gain an enriched flavor and sweetness over time.

As for the preserving procedure, in order to be aged and enriched well, tea leaves for Kuradashi Gyokuro are stored in different temperature and circumstance from any other usual tea leaves in order just to keep fresh.
Therefore, all Gyokuro does not gain an enriched flavor but only specific kinds of Gyokuro. Only tea leaves managed fertilizer and nutrients well, shadeded from sunlight by the way "Tana" which requires skillful technique and great care, processed appropriately, suitable a few breeds can be aged and enriched. Otherwise, if unsuitable tea leaves or middle or low grade Gyokuro were aged, they would just deteriorate and never deepen the richer and subtle flavour of Kurdashi Gyokuro which lingers in the mouth for a while.
We have enriched this highest grade of Gyokuro for one and a half years.

Kuradashi Gyokuro is different from ordinary Gyokuro in aroma and flavor, so it may be enjoyable for you to compare this tea with regular Gyokuro. The superb enriched and sweetened flavor and aroma of this special tea lingers in the mouth for a while. The aroma is full, but not too strong. The flavor is rich and subtle. The taste is both mellow and enhanced.
Kuradashi Gyokuro can best be described in the same way a fine wine is described and enjoyed by connoisseurs. Like Pinot Noir red wine, Kuradashi Gyokuro is amazingly full flavored with hints of woody spices, sweet fruits, and nuts, as well as oak, earth, leaves, and grass. It is difficult to describe this remarkably delicious tea and just must be experienced firsthand!

It is the best way to enjoy Kuradashi Gyokuro which is available only this autumn season, just once a year!



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Features of This Tea

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  • Samidori, Yabukita Breeds
  • Enriched Term :1.5 year
  • Specially hand-picked
  • Shaded from sunlight by the way of 'Tana'

Tips to Enjoy Kuradashi Gyokuro

Brewing Process
Usually Kuradashi Gykuro is brewed with 140-158F (60-70C) water for 2 minutes, which is the same way as regular Gyokuro.
Another way to enjoy Kuradashi Gyokuro is to brew it so that it has a softer, mellower taste. In this case, we recommend you brew Kuradashi Gyokuro with a little lower temperature water (55C/131F).

Brewing Process for Deeper Flavor
Add an additional 25 - 30% tea leaves and follow the brewing temperatures and times listed above for "softer, mellower flavor." In this case, you can brew Kuradashi Gyokuro 4 times instead of 3 times in regular brewing.
You can enjoy an amazing deep and mellow flavor by following this special method. It is nearly impossible to over-brew Kuradashi Tea (causing a bitter taste) because it's enriched for 1.5 years. In contrast, regular teas can become bitter if brewed this way.

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