Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Aiya America
Organic Gyokuro is one of the rarest teas in the world. Aiya has exclusive experience working with Japanese farmers to achieve this high-level of Gyokuro which meets international organic standards. Fresh shade grown leaves are carefully handpicked to maximize Gyokuro’s natural sweetness.
Learn more about this tea here.
Having previously tried their Premium Gyokuro and loving that experience, I thoroughly looked forward to trying the Organic Gyokuro offering from Aiya. The teas from Aiya have become synonymous with the absolute highest quality Japanese teas for me … and this Organic Gyokuro is no exception. This is amazing!
The dry leaf has a delicate vegetative smell that is reminiscent of the air in the morning in early spring … just after a full night’s rainfall. Imagine waking up, the sun is shining after a rainy night, and the air smells so fresh and clean and the smell of new spring grass surrounds you. This aroma is amplified after I brewed the tea and poured it into my teacup. It smells so sweet, so crisp, so GREEN!
And it tastes amazing. Seriously, if you like Gyokuro, you’ve GOT to try this. It has such a pure, sweet taste that is unrivaled in any other green tea. It is delicate … but not so delicate that the flavor is lost. Instead, the delicateness of this tea just enhances the overall experience … the flavors seem to float across the palate. The vegetative notes are prominent, and it tastes like something between steamed spinach and a mild kelp-y taste … but without the brine-y overtones. It has a smooth, brothy mouthfeel … this tea feels and tastes as though it is nourishing and nurturing me from the inside out.
And don’t overlook the multiple infusion possibilities with this tea … the initial price of this tea may seem high but when you account for the fact that you can get several infusions out of one measurement of leaves, this tea becomes a good value and merits that investment … especially if you’re one who values good taste!
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!
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