Gyokuro is the finest of Japanese loose leaf teas. Shade grown for the last 30 days before plucking the tea becomes rich in amino acids, creating the most distinct & desirable flavor. Ahhh Umami...but it is more than just gustatory bliss. Shade growing for the last 30 days before harvest intentionally stresses the tea plants which respond by pulling more nutrients from the soil. This results in increased l-Theanine in the tealeaves, a most valuable amino acid proven to have a calming effect on people, actually lowering blood pressure.
It is this valuable amino acid that has created the love affair between the Japanese and Gyokuro, and for good reason. The umami taste is captivating, compelling you to take sip after sip, but behind the scenes it is the synergistic relationship between this l-Theanine and the caffeine in the tea that create a sensation I refer to as "Clear Calm", a beneficial state of mind superb for focus, concentration, creativity and conversation.
Gyokuro is more than great tea. It is an experience and a tonic to make us feel good, and perform better. Ages ago, Chinese artists, writers and scholars knew that tea put them in a creative and contemplative state of mind, but did not understand how...they just knew it was good for them and their endeavors. Today we know from scientific analysis that it is the l-Theanine-caffeine relationship that creates this phenomenon.
High l-Theanine teas in Japan were modeled after high-grown teas in China where clouds produced natural shading that produced high l-Theanine content.
For those enjoying the "Umami" taste, and the "Clear-Calm" state of mind as much as I do, you may like to try some of our other high l-Theanine teas such as Kabusecha (10 day shade-grown) and Yun Wu (Cloud Mist) high elevation China green tea...
Sit back, sip, enjoy, create...