Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Adagio Masters – Shincha Gyokuro (2019 Harvest). If you read my last post featuring Adagio Masters you’ll know that my experience with their teas started off on a very good note with their Shincha Genmaicha, so when it came to which of the teas they sent I wanted to review next I went for another of their Shincha Teas to see if it was going to be as good as the first I had. I decided on the Gyokuro instead of the Shincha Sencha because Gyokuro is a huge favourite of mine when it comes to green tea and I wanted to see what it had to offer. I will be reviewing their Shincha Sencha at some point though. Probably towards the star of next month. I simply couldn’t wait any longer to try out a new Gyokuro and see if it was going to be as good as others I have tried and loved in the past.Here’s what Adagio Masters have to say about this particular tea over on their Masters Teas website: ”Early in 2019 the young Gyokuro leaves were shaded from the sun for several weeks. This process slows the growth allowing, tea leaves more time to develop depth and flavor. The result is a divine example of Shincha Gyokuro, which features lovely long, slender deep green leaves. The dry aroma is one of candied nuts and sweet grass. The Infusion is a light greenish-yellow and has tender grass notes under the nutty, delicate umami, without being overtly brothy. The cup finishes to a soft crispness with subtle hints of sweet pea floral also make their way through.”
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this tea one way, on it’s own (hot). You know I would normally experiment when it comes to tea and my tasting session but it just isn’t needed with these amazing teas from Adagio Masters. I prepared this cup like I would any other Gyokuro I have tried previous to this one and from the very first sip I look I instantly loved this and knew that I needed to do absolutely nothing to it because it really is just that good. In fact when it comes to the teas I have already tried from Adagio Masters this is the best I have had yet. Not that I didn’t love their Shincha Genmaicha it’s just that this Gyokuro is on a whole different level and it’s absolutely phenomenal. It’s lightly sweet, vegetal / grassy, fresh and somewhat brothy towards the end of each sip. I love this because it develops all the way through each sip and only gets better as you drink it.
A word of warning though, be sure to make sure that your water is the right temperature (80-85 °C) and you don’t use too many leaves because this is a temperamental tea but once you perfect steeping it each cup you drink will be amazing. It re-steeps surprisingly well too.
You do have to alter you steeping parameters a little with each steep though but once you get the hang of it you’re in for multiple cups of deliciousness. Over a few steeps it does actually get a little sweeter and the vegetal / grassy / umami notes do slowly start to get more and more subtle I actually loved how it got lighter and sweeter as the steeps went on by the time I was at my final steep with this it was like I was drinking a completely different tea. As much as I love flavoured teas and blends you really can’t beat teas like this that haven’t had anything added into them. They shine on their own are often times much more complex in their flavour profiles than blends/flavoured teas are, they are really under appreciated at the moment and I really do think that needs to change.
I wish I could give a perfectly prepared cup of this tea to everyone who has ever said they don’t like green tea because I guarantee this alone would change their minds. I would love to try the 2020 harvest of this tea to see how the two differ so I’ll just have to hope Adagio bring it to the UK website before the end of the year.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Adagio Masters and purchase some of this tea (from either the 2019 or 2020 harvest) you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping