Various types of green tea can be created from the same tea leaves. Different flavors and aromas are produced depending upon how the leaves are cultivated and processed. In this section we will introduce you to the major varieties of green tea including the well-known Sencha and Gyokuro.


Gyokuro tea leaves are cultivated under shade. When new leaves begin to bud, the whole field is covered with a woven reed screen, and then that screen is completely covered with straw. (These days a cover made of synthetic materials sometimes takes the place of the natural straw.) This process allows careful control of the photosynthetic activities in the tea leaves, yielding a maximum level of vitamins absorbed from the roots into the leaves. Fifteen days after the field is covered, tea leaves are picked and processed in the same manner as Sencha. Because it contains a higher percentage of amino acid, Gyokuro is richer in taste, and with less Tannin, Gyokuro has a mild, refined flavor. To fully enjoy the subtleties of this sophisticated tea, drink it in small sips and let it linger on your tongue to allow its rich aroma and sweet flavor to fill your palate. Smaller tea pots and cups made exclusively for preparing Gyokuro are ideal for maximizing the Gyokuro experience.


Tea Fields Covered with Woven Reed Screens Characterize the Process of Making Gyokuro and Maccha


High quality Gyokuro leaves are shaped like thin, straight needles and have a vivid green color. Smaller teapots and cups are used in the preparation of Gyokuro.

Gyokuro: For Important Guests and Your Personal Drinking Pleasure

Gyokuro literally means "drops of jade,” and as the name indicates, it is best enjoyed in very small sips. Just a few drops at a time are enough to surprise you with its rich aroma and mellow sweetness. There is no more cordial welcome you can give to your guests than a cup of Gyokuro, and its distinctive qualities also makes it the perfect gift. The natural caffeine in Gyokuro improves circulation and acts as a perfect pick-me-up after a hard day’s work. Give yourself the gift of a luxurious break once in a while with a cup of Gyokuro at home, with guests, with your family, or just for some much-needed “me time.”

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  • Sencha
  • Fukamushi Sencha
  • Gyokuro
  • Maccha
  • Hojicha Genmaicha Yanagi
  • Karigane, Konacha
  • Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea: Preparation
  • Brewing Tips for Sencha, Gyokuro and Fukamushi
  • Preparing Maccha
  • Brewing Tips for Hojicha, Genmaicha and Yanagi
  • Casual Tea Drinking