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 aged a bit longer and the leaves 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.
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