The Kirishima Tennen Gyokuro leaves are shaded for three weeks before their harvest at the end of April.
The extremely delicate leaves come from Oku Yutaka, a later cultivar not easy to handle in organic farming (in a similar fashion than Asatsuyu), this is why is not as common as other cultivars in Japan. The name of the cultivar means deep richness.
The sweetness and the fragrance of this tea, awaken the senses with the complexity of its aromas and the infusion is of a striking green colour. Umami rich with with a marine aroma, high in aminoacids & low in catechins.
The creator of this marvellous gyokuro is Shutaro Hayashi, a well known organic farmer from Kirishima.
Shutaro Hayashi belongs to the fifth generation of the tea garden founded by great-great-grandfather in 1897, which is located on a plateau at the foot of the Kirishima Mountains.
In 1993 Osamu, Shutaro's father, started pesticide-free farming after growing uneasy with the use of pesticides in tea growing. Until the third generation, the tea gardens were managed organically.
During the third generation, there was a takeover & the garden came back to traditional farming. The fourth generation decided to go back to organic farming, and this is how the tea gardens from the Hayashi family have been managed since then.
Shutaro Hayashi is the artisan tea maker who is behind the Miumori Kirishima Sencha, also in the shop.
The Japanese Tea Evangelist says: gyokuro is one of my favourite teas together with matcha. The experience of drinking gyokuro is completely different from the experience drinking other types of Japanese teas. Gyokuro usually is steeped at a much lower temperature with little water, in order to extract as much as possible of its rich umami flavour. The Tennen Gyokuro Oku Yukata offers a whole new level experience with its marine & seaweed notes along with its sweetness. No bitterness.
Organic Certified DE- ÖKO-039 Non-EU-Agriculture.
If you scan the QR code in the image gallery you will be able to enjoy a nice song that I have selected to match this tea.
Kirishima Tennen Gyokuro Organic (50 gr)
Kirishima Tennen Gyokuro Oku Yutaka is another excellent tea produced by the Hayashi family in Kirishima.
The Oku Yutaka is not an easy cultivar for organic farmers, this is why it isn't easy to find so many teas made using this cultivar.
The recommendation to brew this tea goes as follows:
Amount of tea: 3 grs of tea (about a teaspoon)
Amount of water: 40 ml of water (if chalky use mineral water)
Water temperature: 55 degrees Celsius (1st brew) 60 degrees Celsius (2nd/3rd brew)
Amount of time: 60 secs (1st brew) 10 -40 secs (2nd/3rd brew)