ITFA Global Tea Taster’s Club, August Shipment, Part 4: Old Style Gyokuro (First Flush)

Leaf Type:  Green

Produced by Kurihara Seicha

For More Information, visit the Tea Farms webpage

About ITFA Global Tea Tasters Club:

By subscribing to the Global Tea Tasters Club, you will receive tea from ITFA tea farms 6 times per year. Each time, we will select a different region to feature and as we grow in tea farm members, so will your tea experience.

Your tea will also be accompanied by info about the tea and the tea farms themselves.

To know where your tea is coming from, who has grown and produced it, to taste the difference in teas from around the world…what could be better?

Taster’s Review:

I’ve not tried a lot of Gyokuro, but, of those that I’ve tried, this is easily the BEST.  It is ah-MAAAZ-ing!

It is incredibly sweet, but not a cloying, sugary sweet.  It is more of a vegetal sweetness, like the naturally occurring sweetness you might taste in a vegetable.  There are hints of grassiness to this, but not a bitter grassy taste.  If I could only use one word to summarize the flavor of this tea, the word would be sweet.

But, one word does not make a review, does it? 

The texture of this Gyokuro is thick and broth-y, or as the literature provided with the Global Tea Taster’s Club package suggests:  syrupy.  It is incredibly smooth and rich in flavor.  While the overall flavor can be described as sweet, there are some intriguing savory notes to the tea.  It tastes very fresh (and it should, as it was harvested in May of this year).

The price of the subscription to the Global Tea Taster’s Club is worth it for this tea alone!  Yes.  It is THAT good.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

One thought on “ITFA Global Tea Taster’s Club, August Shipment, Part 4: Old Style Gyokuro (First Flush)

  1. I received this in the August shipment as well and was impressed! Particularly struck by their description of it as “dew drops”, meaning that there’s flavor imparted to the leaf from the covering they use to shade the leaves for the several weeks prior to harvest. I agree – this is one worth trying if they make it available for direct purchase!

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