Yamashita´s Gyokuro

Yamashita´s Gyokuro



Maiko no Cha headquarters is located in Kyotanbe city which is known throughout Japan as the capital of high-class Gyokuro.
Gyokuro is produced from fields (ooishita-en) that are shaded from mid-April. After the buds are picked, they are steamed, dried and kneaded. Gyokuro is the highest grade of Japanese tea available and is characterized by its fine green color, rich aroma and mellow sweet flavor.
When it comes to superior grade Gyokuro, many people are surprised by it's uniquely intense taste. This is not an everyday beverage that can be drunk in a rush, but needs to be sipped very slowly in order for its flavor to spread throughout the mouth baptizing each taste bud with it's deep and enchanting aroma.







1. The Uniqueness of Yamashita Gyokuro Tea
Yamashita Gyokuro Tea has two qualities that make it so very special. First, proper soil is selected with the exact quality of nutrition and moisture. Secondly, the leaves are hand selected and manually kneaded or "pressed." These two exceptional aspects are impossible to maintain at large-scale tea gardens. Every step of the production is verified with the craftsman's own eyes and the touch of his own hands. This relentless individual care assures best results for superb taste and superior quality of the tea. Each step of the manufacturing process is checked making adjustments according to the particular climate of that year. Permitting enough time to cultivate the leaves slowly is the basis for the Yamashita Gyokuro production. Carefully supervised cultivation under the best conditions ensures no trace of bitterness but only the typical Gyokuro sweetness.


2. Very careful selection by hand picking the tea leaves one at a time

Yamashita Gyokuro tea is picked entirely by hand.
This personal unique manner of hand picking (Shigokitsumi) ensures that Gyokuro leaves are protected from the damage caused by scissors or harvest machinery. For this reason, it is only possible to harvest a few kilograms a day.
Furthermore, since the percentage of water in tea leaves is very high in our area, only 15 % of the initial weight will remain after the leaves are processed. 3 kilograms of tea leaves take about 4 to 5 hours of hand pressing and will result in 500 grams of delicious tea.)



3. Exclusive Japanese steaming process

Following the Shigokitsumi (hand picked) harvest, the leaves are treated with high temperature steam and then instantaneously cooled off. Mr. Yamashita has improved these steps over many years of experience. This very important steaming process prevents any further fermentation of the green tea. The success of this steaming greatly influences the quality of all further processing.



4. Dedication to manual pressing

Mr. Yamashita insists that all further steps of the manufacture are done by manual pressing of the leaves.
In modern Japan the manual kneading of tea has become an absolute oddity.
Most Gyokuro producers have abandoned this tedious and time-consuming 'old-fashioned' method. But it is exactly this part of the manufacture that enables the expert craftsman to scrutinize the produce thoroughly and to eliminate all pieces that are damaged.
This indeed is the very heart of the exceptional Yamashita Gyokuro production.





5. The finishing skillful touch

The last stage of the masterful procedure is called 'itazuri'.
Because the water content of the tea cultivated in this geographical area is very high, it is necessary to add another rubbing of the tea.
This part of the process is an exclusive tradition only observed in the Kyoto area: 30 minutes of itazuri at the end of this amazing cycle.



6. Proper enjoyment of Yamashita Gyokuro

For achieving the best taste of Yamashita Gyokuro the right temperature of the hot water is of utmost importance.
Exceedingly hot water (70° C - 100 ° C) may cause some astringency and diminuishes the uniquely sweet aroma that makes Gyokuro so enjoyable and special.
Superior quality Gyokuro needs an extraction time of approximately 2 minutes and the water temperature should be about 40 ° C (the same as for a warm bath) in order to attain the best consistency and a flavor that surpasses all previously experienced savors of tea.
Taking a sip of this high quality tea for the first time a gentleman in England exclaimed:
" This is like soup! "
What a true and fitting expression!
Please take plenty of time to infuse this tea and let it slowly spread on your tongue. Then you will experience the same sensational Gyokuro flavor that seems to linger in your mouth forever
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MaikoTea's renowned tea expert Yamashita Toshikazu produces this 'Takumi' tea with great particularity and conscientiousness. The resulting flavor is a mellow but distinguished sweetness which many highly extol. The thick leaves create an emerald colored beverage with a soft palate texture. The high quality tea maintains its good flavor even up to 4-5 servings.
$148.50 *
Delivery weight: 800 g
This tea of exceptionally high quality is grown at the tea gardens surrounding the residence of MaikoTea's renowned tea expert Yamashita Toshikazu. He watches daily over the production of this most exquisite premium tea and makes sure that every step of the cultivation is done with great care and skillfulness. The Yamashita Gyokuro has a condensed sweet taste with a characteristic ambrosial fragrance and extremely gentle flavour. The production of this 'expert' tea is limited to a few kilograms a year since it's processing is extremely tedious and time consuming. Being of such high quality the thick tea leaves maintain their pleasant flavor even up to 4-5 servings.
$297.00 *
Delivery weight: 800 g
This tea of exceptionally high quality is grown at the tea gardens surrounding the residence of MaikoTea's renowned tea expert Yamashita Toshikazu. He watches daily over the production of this most exquisite premium tea and makes sure that every step of the cultivation is done with great care and skillfulness. The Yamashita Gyokuro has a condensed sweet taste with a characteristic ambrosial fragrance and extremely gentle flavour. The production of this 'expert' tea is limited to a few kilograms a year since it's processing is extremely tedious and time consuming. Being of such high quality the thick tea leaves maintain their pleasant flavor even up to 4-5 servings.
$148.50 *
Delivery weight: 100
100 g = $297.00
MaikoTea's renowned tea expert Yamashita Toshikazu produces this 'Takumi' tea with great particularity and conscientiousness. The resulting flavor is a mellow but distinguished sweetness which many highly extol. The thick leaves create an emerald colored beverage with a soft palate texture. The high quality tea maintains its good flavor even up to 4-5 servings.
$74.25 *
Delivery weight: 100 g
100 g = $148.50
Once a year the highest evaluating authority in the world of Japanese tea holds a national tea exhibition. This 'Shuppin Gyokuro' (exhibition Gyokuro) is a blend of Gyokuro teas which were carefully selected and closely examined at this exhibition. Please enjoy the taste of this special tea which combines the labor of many tea farmers, who have presented the best of their crop at the national exhibition. Whith the typical sweet taste of this Gyokuro please also delight in the beautiful color and shape of the emerald tea leaves. This blend was produced under tea expert Yamashita Toshikazu's supervision.
$74.25 *
Delivery weight: 200 g
Once a year the highest evaluating authority in the world of Japanese tea holds a national tea exhibition. This 'Shuppin Gyokuro' (exhibition Gyokuro) is a blend of Gyokuro teas which were carefully selected and closely examined at this exhibition. Please enjoy the taste of this special tea which combines the labor of many tea farmers, who have presented the best of their crop at the national exhibition. Whith the typical sweet taste of this Gyokuro please also delight in the beautiful color and shape of the emerald tea leaves. This blend was produced under tea expert Yamashita Toshikazu's supervision.
$37.15 *
Delivery weight: 100 g
100 g = $74.30
Among the Yamashita Gyokuro this tea is the most affordable. It could be called the 'initiation' into the compilation of Yamshita teas. When infused with water in lower temperatures it emanates a soft and sweet aroma; when affused with hotter water it will leave a clean and refreshing aftertaste. This is a wonderful gift item for someone special who understands the difference of teas.
$44.55 *
Delivery weight: 200 g
Among the Yamashita Gyokuro this tea is the most affordable. It could be called the 'initiation' into the compilation of Yamshita teas. When infused with water in lower temperatures it emanates a soft and sweet aroma; when affused with hotter water it will leave a clean and refreshing aftertaste. This is a wonderful gift item for someone special who understands the difference of teas.
$22.30 *
Delivery weight: 100
100 g = $44.60
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