TEMOMI GYOKURO - CULTURAL HERITAGE
This tea is a gem, handcrafted by man that is registered as 'Cultural Heritage of Uji'.
After knowing Yoshida San for 6 years and enjoying some outstanding tea from this most generous family, we learned (through a mutual friend) that his uncle was certified as 'Cultural Heritage of Uji'. Yoshida Kisaburo was the 14th generation of tea artisans in the family; he was recognized because of his 'temomi' (tea handcrafting) technique. We also learned that Yoshida San's temomi tea was presented to the Emperor on the first year of Reiwa.
We have a VERY limited amount of this tea. Using hand-picked young leaves (1 bud & 2 leaves) and kneaded for hours on charcoal heated, traditional gyokuro table, Yoshida San crafts batches of no more than 700g of this tea.
Suggestion: after brewing your tea, EAT the leaves. You'll be happy you did.
Shading Time: 32 days
Harvest and Handcrafting Date: 04.05.2021
Lot Size: 700g
Tasting Experience... is not easy to express. There are clear notes of green walnuts and a long lingering aftertaste of green peach. However, the happiness after drinking this tea is difficult to describe.
GYOKURO (玉露), translates, literally, as 'jade dew'. Like matcha, this tea is grown under the shade (using a canopy of straw) for several weeks, resulting in intensely green colour and crazy umami.
Gyokuro, unlike sencha, is traditionally not released as 'shincha' (new tea, freshly picked, handcrafted and released in spring). Like tencha (the base for matcha) is allowed to mature (i.e. mellow down) a few months. This tea, however, is difficult not to drink right now! We'll do our best to hold on to a pack or two to drink in 6 months and report the evolution.
ABOUT THE GROWER
Yoshida San is one of the most meticulous tea artists that we’ve met; the family has been making tea over roughly 300 years, and this is reflected obsessive attention to detail. In recent years, Yoshida San has launched some single cultivar and two cultivar blends that we are very impressed with.
Photo Credit: Yoshida San
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