Preparation for Uji Tezumi Gyokuro is not the same as our other gyokuro teas.
Netto Gyokuro is high quality gyokuro. The leaves for Netto Gyokuro are are broken into small bits. This method of curing and processing makes this tea able to accommodate much higher temperatures than Uji Tezumi Gyokuro.
Uji Tezumi Gyokuro is more delicate and should be brewed with temperatures that are much lower. The leaves in this tea are not broken into small bits, the elegant twisted leaves are left intact. Only the highest quality leaves are selected.
To brew Uji Tezumi Gyokuro it is best to use water that is between 50 and 60 degrees Celsius (120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit). After bringing the kettle to a boil let it cool for about 10 to 15 minutes. It is best to use a water thermometer to get the right temperature.
You also use more tea when you brew Uji TezumiGyokuro. Use 1 1/2 to 2 heaping teaspoons of tea for 8 ounces of tea. Brew for 3 minutes.
For Netto Gyokuro bring the kettle to a boil and allow it to cool for 3 minutes. Add one heaping teaspoon of tea into a Japanese teapot and add 8 to 12 ounces of hot water. Brew for 2 minutes.
At $24.75 for 40 grams (1.4 ounces) Uji Tezumi Gyokuro is one of the most expensive teas in Japan. It is naturally sweet and has a sublime gyokuro flourish.
For gyokuro only the youngest
flush leaf is picked. Special cultivation techniques are
employed to produce a tea that is famous for its rich flavor and
pale lemon-green color. Gyokuro tea plants are grown in
the shade for approximately three weeks before harvesting begins.
Removing direct sunlight in this way reduces leaf photosynthesis
which alters the proportions of flavenols, amino acids, sugars,
and other substances that provide tea aroma and taste.
For Netto Gyokuro the leaves are (unlike sencha) aged for about 6 months. Uji Tezumi Gyokuro is aged for 1.5 years.
Netto Gyokuro is broken into small bits and can be brewed at a higher temperature. Uji Tezumi Gyokuro is Kuradashi grade which is the highest quality gyokuro in Japan. Uji Tezumi Gyokuro is more delicate and must be brewed at a lower termperature.
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