A rarity! The Japanese name Gyokuro roughly means 'noble dewdrops'. This exquisite tea belongs to the category of shade teas. About two weeks before harvesting begins, the tea bushes are covered, thus more chlorophyll is formed, resulting in a beautiful, shiny, almost blue-green leaf color. In addition, fewer tannins are developed and the content of caffeine and amino acids increases, creating a distinct umami taste.
To this day, Gyokuro tea is often served especially to honoured guests in Japan. This tea impresses with its very elegant and fine, yet full-bodied aroma and its typical, very pleasant hint of sweetness.