Takaki san is one of IKKYU tea partners in Yame (Fukukoa pref.), and his 2017 gyokuro is now available! It is hard to find better than his dento hon-gyokuro, the king of all green teas and one of Yame specialties, consistently rated as some of the best in Japan.
Gyokuro tea grown using special, traditional methods is separately classified as “Dento Hon Gyokuro”, and Takaki san specializes in this. He has won multiple awards for his tea.
Dento Hon Gyokuro tea bushes are cultivated naturally without shaping the tea bushes into rows. Once one or more leaves appear from the new buds, the tea bushes are covered to block out sunlight. The covering material is natural rice straw called “sumaki”, which blocks at least 95% of the sunlight over the bushes for at least 20 days.
Dento Hon Gyokuro is still picked by hand. The extraordinary efforts and refined techniques used to make this tea results in a luxurious relaxing brew for your enjoyment. Why don't you try it today?