Gyokuro (玉露) - A Japanese Green Tea
Gyokuro (玉露) is a type of Japanese green tea grown in the shade rather than in full sun. The name means "jade dew" in Japanese, and refers to the pale green color of the tea beverage prepared from this variety. The tea plants are grown under shade for at least two weeks before being harvested, which brings about changes in the plant biochemistry. The tea has a sweeter and more full-bodied taste. The cultivation technique gives a tea that contains more theanine and caffeine. It is a high-quality product, and is one of the most expensive varieties of sencha.