Review 83: Teavana’s Gyokuro Imperial

by Jason on July 16, 2009

in 85-89, green, Japanese

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Price (as of post): 2oz = $15.00
Score: 86
Aromas/Tastes (I detected): creamed spinach, turnip greens…

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara May 6, 2010 at 16:21

Japanese greens are my favorite teas and ” Gyokuro Imperial” from Teavana seems to be the best I have tasted. Also excellent is a tea called Sumibi Meijin “Imperial Silver” that I bought online from Chado Tea House.

James Warden August 1, 2009 at 16:38

While I wait for my water to heat, I let the tea leaves sit in a small amount of cool water. The Gyokuro seems more susceptible to shock from water that is too hot, than from other teas. I feel this introduces the tea to the hot water in a gentle fashion that lessens unpleasant flavors and allows for multiple brews from the same leaves.

I see a tasting of the Gyokuro Jade Dew is coming up and just happily ordered some!

Jason August 1, 2009 at 17:36

Good point James. I’ve seen others do this, and have done it myself before. I omitted this step in the video because I felt the need to balance ease of prep with taste experience. I’ll be sure to seek you out for your impressions of the Gyokuro Jade Dew as well.

James Warden August 8, 2009 at 12:14

Hi Jason, I just received my Gyokuro from Teas Etc. and had my first cup, thank you for mentioning this brand !

My taste isn’t acute enough to compare it to the Teavana Gyokuro but I can say it is equally enjoyable. Although the bag recommends brewing at 170 F for two minutes, I prefer to keep it mellow at 150 F for one minute and squeezing three brews out of the one set of leaves.

Looking forward to hearing your views on this tea . . .

Jason Witt July 19, 2009 at 17:02

I’m not surprised Teavana’s Gyokuro doesn’t get too low a score on this review because they seem to do Japanese tea pretty well. I’ve been drinking their Sencha which right now only costs about $40 a lb. It’s an everyday tea for me and I’m repeatedly impressed by its quality for the price.

Jason September 14, 2009 at 19:08

Hi James,

Now that you’ve seen the review, how did it compare to your experience?

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