2021 National Competition Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Awarded No. 1 Gyokuro in all of Japan
The National Gyokuro competition has been dominated by Yame producers for over 20 years and has set high standards for cultivation and processing at the competition level. This marks the first time that Uji occupies the number one seat and is motivated to continue improving with this momentum. It will be no easy feat since 80% of the top 50 national producers are from Yame.
Akira Hayashi, the national competition Gyokuro champion, is part of a small but distinguished group of the Kyotonabe Gyokuro Association cooperative which has less than 30 producers. Each year the number of producers decreases due to an aging population and lack of successors.
We will release this tea in small amounts as we are looking to age it for several years! Uji is one of the few places that age their gyokuro for six months up to two years to deepen the flavors.
Uji, Japan (Kyotonabe)
Deep umami, with a beautiful floral marigold
The last image only reflects the official judge's score and total weight produced.
2 x 5g