Shinki Yamashita Asahi Gyokuro 50g |あさひ玉露
Description: The name Yamashita is to Gyokuro as Domaine Leflaive is to Chardonnay or Domainee de la Romanee-Conti is to Pinot Noir. It is a name that carries significant influence and respect in the industry. Shinki Yamashita, who produced this stunning 2022 Gyokuro is tending the same plants he inherited from his grandfather, the legendary Toshikazu Yamashita. It is hard to understate Toshikazu san's influence on the industry of Gyokuro - he has won the National prize more than any other producer and his teas was bestowed the "Order of the sacred treasure" by the Prime Minister of Japan as well as "Master craftsman of Japan" but the Japanese Ministry of Labor. Shinki san has been guided by his grandfather and is now producing top tier, prize-winning Gyokuro of his own. We are proud to be the sole supplier of his unblended, 100% Gokou Gyokuro anywhere - Japan included.
What is so special about this tea? This Gyokuro is crafted from the famed Asahi cultivar - used almost exlusively for Tencha. As far as we are aware, there are just two producers in Uji using crafting Gyokuro from Asahi. Why is it so rare? Asahi has a very thin and pliable leaf that is very hard to roll - hence why it is made into (unrolled) Tencha. But when rolled, Asahi takes on a rich density that you have to taste to beleieve.
Recommended for: Once in a lifetime Gyokuro
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We purchase tea from our producers weekly and pack into oxygen free packaging at our Fukuoka office. Teas are then air shipped guaranteeing intense aromatics, rich flavor and a higher density of nutrients.