Premium Japanese Gyokuro

Gyokuro which translates to ‘jewel dew’ is recognised as one of the finest green teas in the world. Its name refers to the pale green colour of the infusion. Gyokuro differs from the standard ‘sencha’ in being grown under the shade rather than the full sun.

Legend tells of a Buddhist monk who sat on a hillside meditating daily. From his position he could see down to the river below where locals would come to swim in the cool waters. One day he saw a local girl and her beauty was unlike anything he had ever seen. Her eyes were as green as jade and her hair shone like black marble. He thought her more beautiful than the flowers or the glinting of the sun on the river. His superiors told him to forget her and his feelings for her would pass, but he could not forget her. One day he travelled down the hillside to the river and introduced himself to the girl. They talked for hours, sitting in the shade and enjoying the cool breeze from the water. The monk promised the girl he would leave the monastery and return the next day to ask her father for her hand in marriage, but when he arrived at his monastery that evening, they were very displeased with him. They immediately forbade him to leave his life as a monk and sent him to another monastery many miles away where he would not be tempted.

The girl waited for her beloved the following day, and the day after that, and the day after that. He never returned. She could often be heard crying for her lost love. At dawn, locals would find pale green dew, said to be her tears, covering the tea bushes that grew in the shade by the river, where once they had sat together.

 

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