Friday, May 1, 2009

Chic & Swag Friday


Gyokuro or jade dew is actually selected from a precursor grade known as ten-cha and is regarded as the highest grade of tea made in Japan. Seen very much as a luxury, and rare commodity, the gyokuro teas are made only with the limited first flush leaf in order to achieve a rich and round flavour with a delicate, pale lemon-green colour. Gyokuro is grown in the shade for approximately twenty days before harvesting is commenced. Removing direct sunlight in this way has the effect of reducing leaf photosynthesis, which alters the proportions of sugars, amino acids, flavanols and other substances responsible for tea aroma and taste. Gyokuro tea is generally sweet and delicate in flavour, as well as having a soft palate texture. It makes an excellent light evening tea.

More info...
http://www.thefragrantleaf.com/gymaofjafigr.html

I'm a total tea person:)

2 comments:

Kitty said...

I'm a coffee person Cee but I would love to learn about tea...

I've been in China several times and it was always an honor when meeting with someone that they would serve their most special tea... it often tasted strange to an unsophisticated palate but the connection the person wanted to establish was clear...

theceelist said...

I do drink coffee 2, but not as much at tea.
Something about tea & coffee that bonds people in a relaxing way:)