Our organic Gyokuro (pronounced gyo-KUR-o) represents the pinnacle of organic Japanese green tea. It is shaded prior to harvesting, which stresses the tea plant, resulting in a higher chlorophyll content. In the cup, this creates a fuller body and bolder vegetal quality. In addition, the light green infusion exhibits a sweet and nutty flavor that is smoother and less bitter than our organic Sencha. As is customary with most Japanese teas, our organic Gyokuro exhibits mixed grading consisting of both small and larger leaf pieces and very fine particles to create a full and brothy cup that, according to Japanese tea culture, creates a harmonious infusion revealing the full breadth of the leaf.
Ingredients: organic Japanese green tea
Serving Size: one level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: I'm always amazed by just how vegetal this organic green tea is! I pick out notes of kale and kelp.
Jeremy Says: While it's a bit pricey for everyday drinking, this tea is a wonderful indulgence for the true green tea lover.
Sarah Says: When I open a bag of Gyokuro I can smell the cool ocean air. Even though I have never been to Japan, I can only imagine that this is what standing on the beach and watching the waves crash, would smell like.
Posted by Gordon in California on 21st May 2015
I drink it primarily for the calming effect it has. Calm yet alert, I really appreciate that. I have tried several different brands of Gyokuro and at least for me, this is noticeably superior. Also being a cancer survivor I figure there are potential long term health benefits as well. I buy it a pound at a time.
Posted by Melissa on 10th Mar 2015
Has a salty ocean smell, but don't be put off by that. The taste is like a vegetal/earthy broth. Very relaxing. After reading all of the reviews before buying my sample I knew this would be a very good quality of gyokuru. I definitely think I will buy the 5oz once I'm done my sample.
Posted by Christine on 10th Feb 2015
I have been searching for an authentic green tea that matches one given as a gift to me by a friend that had visited Japan. I have finally found it. The taste is perfect when brewed following the directions. To be certain I boiled the water to the recommended 180 degree temp, used the appropriate amount of tea leaves to water, and matched the recommended steeping time. I used the Stump tea pot for brewing. The aroma is a bit grass like, but do not let that put you off. This is the first green tea that I've been able to drink without adding lemon or honey to it. It's best when hot. I will definitely be purchasing a larger quantity once my sample is done.
Posted by Yoshiko Sato on 4th Jan 2015
I am Japanese. Born and lived there for 25 years.
I know green teas.
This gyokuro is of an excellent true quality. It's got that "slightly salty smell" (strange as it may sound), my standard for good green tea.
It makes me go right back to my country.
Thank you for making this possible while in America.
Posted by Jason Manarchuck on 21st Sep 2014
We were introduced to Arbor Teas Gyokuro by a friend about 5 years ago. I was seeking to break the coffee dependence and he shared Gyokuro with me. I have come to enjoy it in its purest form, but my sweetheart loves adding a light amount of raw organic honey. It has become a highlight for us as a couple almost every morning. Arbor Teas is our favorite version. Try adding it into your morning ritual.
Posted by Aysia on 22nd Jan 2014
I am so happy I decided to try a sample of this green tea. It is the perfect green tea. It has boldness without being the least bit astringent. It has a very smooth, vegetal flavor that I find very soothing. I really look forward to my morning cup of this tea.
Posted by Ion Overman on 14th Dec 2013
I discovered and fell in love with Gyokuro in 2009, and it's been my favorite tea ever since. Over the years I've had some good Gyokuro and some bad, and that can be frustrating when you consider the price. Well, I am finally thrilled. As you would expect this tea is vegetal at first, but then it finishes with a sort of lush sweet creaminess that is absolute heaven. On top of that it's organic AND comes from a conscientious company!! I will never ever ever let go of this tea.
Posted by Leslie Doll on 1st Dec 2013
Rich and sweetly vegetal, this Gyokuro is a fantastic specimen of Japanese green tea! I get several steeps out of the same leaves, which is wonderful.
Posted by Stephanie on 14th Mar 2013
I was excited to receive this tea. For the price, I would expect more whole, unbroken leaves, but what I got was a mixture including lots of broken fragments and some dust.
Posted by Unknown on 9th Jan 2013
truly, this is one of the finest teas we've ever tried. thank you, Arbor!
Posted by Bellen on 4th Dec 2012
First of all it's hard to find organic gyokuro green tea. I was thrilled when I discovered Arbor teas carried gyokuro. I heat my water only to the point where the little bubbles come off the bottom of the kettle. This produces a buttery smooth non astringent flavor. A full boil can scorch the tea and make it taste completely different. If, I happen to forget my water and it boils, I let the water sit for 10 minutes and let it cool before I pour it on my tea. If you opt for the cooler temperature you can get two pots of tea out of the tea leaves.
Posted by Lisa Henderson on 6th Aug 2012
This is my first experience with Gyokuro tea. I must say I believe I made a wonderful choice! The tea is beautiful, delicious, and soothing. My taste buds are happy. I did search other sites before I made my final purchase decision, but as usual it was a waste of time. Arbor Teas never lets me down!
Posted by Jeff on 15th Jul 2012
I have been drinking tea for a very long time. It was when I decided to step out of my comfort zone that I tried this Gyokuro. Gyokuro is the highest grade of Green Tea leaves, which is why it is much more expensive than Sencha. You definitely get what you pay for. Arbor Teas has the best priced Gyokuro of all the places I've been to.
The taste and quality are remarkably soothing. I say this is for the experienced tea drinker since oversteeping by only 1 minute will result in a bitter tasting tea. Steeping it for a little more than 2 minutes is fine. 3 minutes is the absolute maximum you should brew it. I currently have another shipment headed my way that I look forward to enjoying.
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Mar 2012
This is an amazing grassy, aromatic tea. The sencha comes close, and is of course less expensive, but this is a very special experience. I make a second cup adding just a bit of new leaves to it.
Posted by Lukasz M. on 7th Mar 2012
Like many people out there, I have been exposed to Chinese green teas for years. However, other than Matcha, I hadn't tried Japanese green teas. With that said, I am glad I tried a sampler of this Gyokuro. It is incredibly unique, with a fresh, vegetal taste. My analogy is that it's like using dry dill in your cooking for years then one day discovering how amazing fresh dill is. It's not a tea I would consume everyday- especially not in the morning. It's more of a treat and, considering the price, is likely not going to be your everyday tea. Don't hesitate, give this tea a try!
Posted by Unknown on 13th Feb 2012
this is my favorite green tea of all time. the flavor is so fresh and lively. i can drink this green all day long, but it's fun to save for special occasions.
Posted by Dave on 13th Oct 2011
This superb green tea is the best green I've ever had. It is grassy depending upon steep time. I typically do 2m15s but have tried closer to 3m only to find I'd approached the razor's edge in my tolerance for the grassy flavor. Backed it off 10s at a time until I found the right balance.
It has a great green color and goes down smooth every time.
Posted by Mike Schroeder on 8th Mar 2010
I have been searching for the "Green" flavor that is so strong in the Tazo "Chinese Green Tips" sold at Boarders Book stores and Starbucks. Starbucks new packaging comes in silk bags (and not loose leaf -- 0.8 of an ounce for lots of $$$) it claims to be the Finest Mao Feng the Arbor Teas' Mao Feng did not have the "Green-ness" I was looking for (It's smoother and really good in a different way) the tasty Mao Jian began to hint at it. Sencha and Bancha also go there but also are slightly more bitter as the review on this page says... I was searching all of China when what I was looking for was in this Japanese variety. Let me add that this is MUCH BETTER than the Chinese Green Tips. It is sweeter and I don't know what else. I just can't put the cup down and that take a while since I leave the tea (bag) in my cup and add water 3, 4 even 5 times once it is half empty. Be sure to brew at 175 to 180 degrees a bit less if you want it to infuse more times. If you have ever had shots of Wheat Grass Juice at your local juice bar this is the Tea version of that wonderful fresh flavor!!! WOW!!!
Posted by Bill Edwards on 17th Nov 2007
This tea is beautiful to look at with a wonderful rich flavor. I am amazed at the wonders that come from the same species. This must be the kind of tea they use for tea ceremonies. I may share it with dear friends or for a special treat for myself. Maybe I will use it for someone who 'doesn't like tea' and I want to open their buds to a world of wonder. Then again maybe I'll try that with a less expensive tea!
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.