Gyokuro Premium (100g/3.53oz)
|Author||Tim Hancock (United Kingdom)|
Gyokuro lacks the briskness of sencha, so may not make such an impression initially, and it seems to need fairly careful brewing to unlock the magic: low temperature as advised, a long soak (it doesn't go bitter), and I use quite a lot of leaf - more than sencha - to get the necessary substance. But if you give this the attention it deserves, the rewards are great: an elusive and complex aroma - both sweet and savoury, with a sort of spicey note lacking in the gyokuro superior (the smell of Gokoh, perhaps?) - and then a mouthfilling flavour that lingers. The word 'tea' really doesn't do justice to this stuff! It's an elixir.
(Comment from Hibiki-an)
We think that the flavor that you said “a sort of spicey note lacking in the gyokuro superior” is certainly Gokoh breed’s noble flavor. It is a characteristically sweet taste suitable for high grade Gyokuro. Gokoh breed tea trees are grown only in small amounts mainly in the Uji region in Kyoto.
5 of 5 Stars!
|Date||September 19, 2006|