High quality green tea from the tea plant shaded from the direct sun and process in the special way.
- Gyokuro process: Gyokuro tea leaf unique is that, for the final month before harvesting it is covered by shade. This shade prevents most of the L-Theanine, an amino acid, from converting into Catechins, the polyphenols responsible for most of the bitterness in lower-quality teas.
- Appearance: The fine, needle-shaped leaves are a dark emerald green color due to being partially shade grown, which gives gyokuro a high chlorophyll content.
- When brew it appears: Golden emerald green color liquor.
- Taste & Aroma: Gyokuro tea has a sweet, unique and subtle taste that is very favorably compared to the sun-grown Sencha grade of teas.
L-Theanine is the so-called “Feel-good” Amino acid, and is primarily found in the leaves of the tea plant (C.Sinensis). While all teas have some L-Theanine, the largest quantities are found in the Gyokuro and Matcha teas. L-Theanine not only gives these teas their signature sweetness, but it also relaxes the body and mind. This comes from L-Theanine’s stimulation of the alpha brain waves, which produce a calming effect.
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