A special set that includes Ultimate Hand-Made Gyokuro Tea Utensils, Mino-Yaki, Fudogama Kiln, Oribe and a gyokuro tea that won the grand prize (highest prize) at the Japanese Tea Awards 2015, a contest which decides delicious tea. Enjoy the surprisingly rich umami and sweetness of the tea that will have all asking "is this really the taste of tea?"
■Ultimate Hand-Made Gyokuro Tea Utensils, Mino-Yaki, Fudogama Kiln, Oribe
Collaborative items from the famous Mino-yaki kiln of Fudogama, Gifu Prefecture, that make delicious gyokuro tea even more delicious. Gyokuro is brewed in a small teapot called a "hobin". This teapot is slender and has a diameter similar to that of a matcha tea cup, so can hold only a little water. Also, it has no rim to support the lid of the teapot, and allows you to extract the flavor of tea down to the last drop, which is said to be the most delicious. Its most important design point is the curved lid. Thanks to this, you can gently extract the flavor. As the teapot has no rim, you can easily and cleanly wash it.
●Ingredients: green tea
●Nutritional Information (per 100g)
・Energy (kcal): 329
・Protein (g): 29.1
・Fat (g): 4.1
・Carbohydrate (g): 43.9
●7 Main Allergens (wheat, buckwheat, egg, milk, peanut, shrimp, crab): none
Gyokuro: 8g x 5 Bags
Tea Utensils: Gyokuro Teapot, Yuzamashi Cup, Tea Cup x 2
Gyokuro Teapot: Height 48 x Width 132mm (Max. Portion 135mm) (Capacity: 160ml)
Yuzamashi Cup: Height 55 x 115 x 107mm (Capacity: 160ml)
Tea Cup: Height 28 x Diameter 85mm (Capacity: 50ml)
●Made in Kyoto Prefecture
[How to brew gyokuro (2 servings/high-grade tea)]
Required Items: small teapot, yuzamashi cup (not essential), 2 tea cups, gyokuro, tablespoon
①When brewing gyokuro, a slightly small teapot is suitable. If you don't have a yuzamashi cup, you can use a mug instead.
When making tea, if you think of the feeling of wanting others to deliciously enjoy the tea when making, it will be all the more delicious.
②Cool hot water - Part 1
If you want to enjoy the original flavor of gyokuro, allowing hot water to cool will make for a more delicious taste.
First of all, put hot water into the teapot. By doing so, the temperature of the hot water will cool to around 80-90°C. If you directly add boiling water, you won't experience the original taste of gyokuro and bitterness/astringency will be stronger. It is necessary to take proper care.
③Cool hot water - Part 2
Transfer the water in the teapot to the yuzamashi cup. This will further decrease the water temperature. At this point, the hot water will have chilled to approx. 70-80°C. If you don't have a yuzamashi cup, you can use a mug instead.
④Cool hot water - Part 3
Transfer the water in the yuzamashi cup to the tea cups. This will further decrease the water temperature to approx. 60-70°C. Pour into a number of teacups relevant for the number of people/servings. Should there be any extra hot water, please dispose of it.
⑤Add gyokuro tea leaves to teapot
Put the gyokuro tea leaves into the teapot. The amount added to the teapot will be 2 tablespoons, 8g of tea leaves.
⑥Use approx. this amount of tea leaves
One bag contains 8g of gyokuro. Put the contents of one bag in the teapot.
⑦Add hot water to teapot
When the temperature of the hot water inside the tea cups becomes approx. 50°C, pour hot water into the teapot containing tea leaves. The amount of hot water is enough to immerse the tea leaves. It is an amount that may seem a little small. Should any hot water be left over, throw it away. After, wait for approx. 2 minutes. Peek inside the teapot to view the tea leaves steeping.
⑧Pour into tea cups
When approx. 2 minutes has elapsed, put into the teacups. When doing so, pour in turn into each cup little by little so that the strength of gyokuro is even.
[How to pour in turn]
1. Pour tea in the order of tea cup 1 -> tea cup 2, little by little. （Do not pour all in one go）
2. When you have finished pouring into tea cup 2, pour again in the order tea cup 2 -> tea cup 1. After, repeat 1 -> 2, 2 -> 1.
*As it is also delicious when brewed a second time or further, please enjoy down to the last drop.
⑨Pour down to the last drop and then serve.
The content of the tea cup may not be much, but please enjoy the taste of it as it passes across your palate. The rich umami and sweetness of gyokuro spreads throughout your mouth.
For a 2nd or further brew, use hotter water and shorten the waiting time! You can even enjoy quality gyokuro on a 3rd brew.
・Be careful not to burn yourself with hot water.
[Regarding Tea Utensils]
・Do not use over an open flame.
・Do not use in an oven.
・Do not use in a dishwasher.
・Do not use in a microwave.
・Do not subject to strong impacts. This may cause damage or injury, so please be careful.
・Do not drag across a tabletop. This may cause scratching. Please handle with care.
・Before using for the first time, thoroughly immerse in hot or room temperature water or boil in the water used to wash rice. This will stop the item from become stained.
・After using, rinse in clean water, dry properly and put away. This will prevent mold and staining.
・Soaking this item in water may cause some discoloration or penetration; this is due to the nature of the glaze and not related to the materials.
・In order to use in a beautiful state for a long time, washing by hand is recommended.
・When washing by hand, use kitchen detergent and a soft sponge or cloth.
・Metal scourers, sponges containing abrasives, cleansers etc. may have adverse effects on the item surface, so avoid using.
・Carefully wash down to the outer surface and bottom rim where fingermarks can show up easily. Please keep clean at all times.
・Do not use items that are chipped or cracked as they may cause injury to your hand or mouth.
・Do not use for anything other than its intended purpose.
・Due to characteristics of the tea utensils, kindly understand that the texture, shape etc. may differ slightly from the photos.
・Should there be no stock, manufacture will take place after order placement. Depending on the item, delivery may be delayed. Please contact customer service regarding this delivery date.
・When storing, avoid places with high temperatures and humidity, and be mindful of odor transfer.
・After opening each bag, please make sure to use all.
●Best before date (from date of manufacture): 10 months
●Manufacturer: Maikonocha Honpo
●Package design and stated contents may change due to item revision.
Item No. WJF01235
Item weight 1,600.00g