The Legendary Gyokuro (Jewel dew) tea is one of the finest, if not THE finest Tea one can get in Japan. It is easily recognizable by the dark emerald green colour of the tea leaves, and the distinct smell and taste of the brew. Gyokuro tea is a shaded tea, which means the tea plants are covered up allowing only 10% of the sunlight to reach the leaves. This is not the only type of tea that is shaded, but what makes Gyokuro different from say Kabusecha is the duration in which the tea is kept shaded. The leaves are kept longer in the shade which forces the plant to produce more chlorophyl to compensate for the lack of sunlight giving it the rich dark green colour.
Gyokuro tea is also made from a different cultivar then most teas, which typically use Yabukita cultivar. Gyuokuro is often made from varieties such as variety such as Asahi, Okumidori, Yamakai, or Saemidori. Another particularity of Gyokuro and other fine teas is that the leaves are very tender and edible, the leaves are often eaten with some soy sauce after brewing is completed.