Inexpensive Gyokuro is Still Expensive
Who doesn’t like a good deal? If you can get inexpensive gyokuro, why wouldn’t you?
Let me give you some background on this blog post. I was inspired by this forum topic on how much gyokuro people buy. (When I say “inspired”, I really mean I was shown the forum topic and asked if I could expand upon it :P)
But anyway, an inexpensive gyokuro falls in the price range of a high quality sencha. You will get more bang for your buck with sencha. Keep in mind that gyokuro requires double the amount of leaf when brewing, meaning you will end up with fewer first infusions.
Do Inexpensive Options Make a Good Gateway Into Gyokuro?
Gyokuro isn’t a tea that compromises. Considered by some to be one of the highest grades of tea in existence, gyokuro is sought out by those looking to drink something with a lavishly luxurious flavor.
A person with a good head on their shoulders would probably consider buying a cheaper version of a tea to see if they’d like it. But unfortunately (and this brings us to Belle’s Tip of the Day) if you’re trying to experience what gyokuro is all about, you probably won’t be able to make it happen with a cheap option.
I’ve tried both pricy and inexpensive gyokuro. The difference is vast in the smoothness and sweetness departments. There may be a gentle wisp of the real deal in the cheaper options, but they don’t really make a good gateway into the world of gyokuro.
So Where Should I Start?
Feeling a little remiss about the cost of gyokuro? Fortunately, you can still be thrifty while scoring some great tea. In order to make gyokuro more affordable, some vendors sell the tea in smaller quantities.
Buying gyokuro 50 grams at a time rather than in the typical 100 gram package will not only save you money, it will give you less tea to deal with in the event you discover gyokuro isn’t your thing. This is probably the only way a true gyokuro experience can be had at an inexpensive price.