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A brief guide to Japanese Teas

Posted by Martin Birkhead on

A brief guide to Japanese Teas

GYOKURO TEA Gyokuro is a rolled form of shaded Japanese green tea leaf. What makes the Gyokuro tea leaf unique is that, for the final month before harvesting it is covered by shade. This shade prevents most of the L-Theanine, an amino acid, from converting into Catechins, the polyphenols responsible for most of the bitterness in lower-quality teas. As a result, Gyokuro tea has a sweet, unique taste that is very favorably compared to the sun-grown Sencha grade of teas. MATCHA TEA Matcha is a finely-ground green tea powder, made using the finest Tencha tea leaves. These rare leaves are...

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