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Are You New to Shaded Japanese Green Tea? Give the Gyokuro Kin A Try.

So, you might have heard all the hub-bub around Japanese shaded teas such as matcha and gyokuro. Well, if you are interested in this category of green tea, we recommend that you check out our Gyokuro Kin. We have other gyokuros currently available, but the Kin serves as a great entry-level gyokuro for those looking to explore the fascinating world of shaded loose leaf tea.

Gyokuro is a loose leaf Japanese tea that is shaded for about two weeks, similar to matcha. The main difference between matcha and gyokuro is that, while they are both shaded teas, with matcha you ingest tea powder (i.e. whole leaves) whereas, with gyokuro, you mostly consume the brew and not the leaves.

In this way, gyokuro is more like sencha than is gyokuro. When we speak of senchado or the “Way of Sencha”, sencha is of course used but gyokuro is used as well. Gyokuro is effectively a shaded sencha. The minimum shading time that is required for a Japanese green to be considered gyokuro is at least 20 days. There are Japanese green teas that are shaded for less of a time than this and these would most likely be considered kabusecha.

The Gyokuro Kin might have a little bit more of a bite than the Gyokuro Suimei, but when brewed at a lower temperature of water (what would be normal for gyokuro, around 140F-160F) one still experiences that classic seaside air profile and umami mouth feel. It is a little dry on the finish and is refreshing.We hope you have enjoyed this intro to gyokuro and Gyokuro Kin. Perhaps we’ll do more videos about this tea in the future as we have not really covered it. Until then, feel free to follow us on Instagram and TikTok for more tea related videos.