- Serving Size: 2.5g /cup
- Steeping Temp: 70°C
- Steeping Time: 2 to 3 mins.
- Certification: Organic
- Origin: China
- Caffeine: Medium
Gyokuro, a shade-grown steamed green tea. Its production method aims to minimize the tannins in the leaves, in favor of amino acids, to obtain a tea very rich in umami with very little astringency, and finally a very sweet, mellow, and greenish fragrance very typical of the long shaded teas. Our fine organic Gyokuro green tea with sweet aroma of freshly buttered greens and seaweed has no grassiness or harshness on the palate. It is soft and balanced with a delicate finish. Energizing and soothing tea. It is recommended to use lower water temperature and enjoy multiple infusions to get the most from this tea.
Tasting NotesCertification: Organic
Grade or Quality: Loose Leaf
Aroma: Spinachy and seaweedy, dark and decidedly vegetal
Infusion Aroma: Clean, slightly grassy, hints of berries
Infusion Color: A lovely pale green
Base flavor: Umami lush green flavor of the freshest steamed spinach, the cooked flavor of lightly toasted walnuts
Infusion Strength: Light
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From the Shanti Tea Canada Blog
How to steep green tea properly - by Richard Isaac
In our workshops we come across a lot of people who didn’t previously realize that steeping time and water temperature affect the taste of tea drastically. Just a difference of 15 seconds, or a temperature variance of as little as 2 degrees can make the difference between an exquisite cup of tea and an awfully bitter tea experience.
Green tea, White Tea, and Oolong Tea
Using boiling water to steep tea only works well for black teas and herbal ‘teas’. For green, white, and oolong teas, boiling water can burn the tea leaves and make the tea very bitter. Generally there is a range between 75C and 85C for green, white, and oolong teas (see our specific tea product pages for temperature guidelines), but of course most people do not have a thermometer ready to measure water temperature; instead, they will simply wait for the kettle to whistle, then pour water onto the leaves. Again, this is fine for black teas and herbal teas, but there are a few tricks you can use to make sure that your water is closer to the appropriate temperature for your tea.