NEW - Asahina Gyokuro & Karigane Combo Pack; Asahina Valley; Okabe, Shizuoka Prefecture, 50g - 2024 SHINCHA

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Asahina Premium Blend Gyokuro & Asahina Karigane (Stems of Gyokuro) together at 10% savings.- 2024 Shincha (New Harvest Tea)
Origin: Asahina Valley, Okabe, Shizuoka Prefecture
Gyokuro Cultivar: Saemidori (40%) + Yabukita (40%) + Okumidori (20%)               Karigane Cultivar: Yabukita

The Asahina Valley in Okabe City produces fine shaded teas such as Gyokuro and Kabuse Sencha. Try it together with our Asahina Karigane, which is Stem Tea (Kukicha) made from Gyokuro Stems from the same region, and save 10% off of individual prices. Both teas are also great cold-infused during the hot summer months!

Asahina Gyokuro: This special blend of cultivars infuses from a light green on the first infusion and opens up to deeper greens on latter infusions. Full mouthfeel and texture on multiple infusions. Initial aromas and tastes are mildly grassy with a hint of salinity. Plenty of amami (sweetness) as characteristic with most Gyokuro with just a hint of shibumi (astringency) at the finish. Later infusions continue smooth with umami richness and a fine balance of amami (sweetness) and shibumi (astringency). 

Good Gyokuro is often compared to a fine dashi (broth) and this tea is full in the mouth with an herbaceous, sweet, and slight marine flavors. A low temperature is needed to bring out the "amami," or sweetness, and low astringency for which gyokuro is known. 

Asahina Karigane: Karigane refers to kuki-cha (stem tea) made specifically from the stems of Gyokuro, whereas "kukicha" may refer to stem tea from sencha, or houjicha (houji-kukicha.) Infuses to a deep golden-green in the first infusion. The flavor and aroma are grassy with a slightly sweet finishing note. Full-bodied, but with very low astringency and lower caffeine content than sencha or gyokuro. More delicate and slightly sweeter than regular kukicha.

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