Green Pearl Gyokuro 2018
Gyokuro is the highest appellation of Japanese tea. It’s the pinnacle of Japanese tea craft; a drink which sits alongside the most well crafted whiskies and grower champagnes.
The essence of gyokuro’s flavour is the specific and unique treatment of the tea plants. The perfect section of the garden must be chosen, with the right terroir and varietals.
The plants are covered by frames, shading them from the sun for at least 21 days. This reduces the sharpness in the leaves and increases their smooth umami. Gyokuro must be shaded for this length of time before picking. It’s this shading which brings out the famous umami.
The Green Pearl 2018 is a treasure of nature. It comes from a special section of the Nakai family’s gardens where the plants are 100% okumidori; the smoothest of Japan’s tea varietals. The shading was pushed to 27 days for a much more pronounced umami. It’s also one of the only organic gyokuros.
This tea has a glorious precision to the flavour. Bright and fresh from the spring season, there are notes of edamame and green pea. The texture is silky smooth, and the umami is exquisite and long.
Pearlescent in the glass, mesmerising on the palate. Say ‘single-varietal gyokuro’ to a tea drinker and they’ll drop everything and bring out the tea scales. If you know, you know. If you don’t know, it’s time you did.