Gyokuro translates as “Jewel Dewdrop Tea’. It is the highest grade of Japanese tea and a real delicacy. Less than 1% of all tea made in Japan is Gyokuro. In contrast to making shaded Sencha, Gyokuro is grown under a special construction. The tea plant is shaded for about three weeks, during which fresh spring tea leaves develop a distinctive rich flavor and sweet smell. After the harvest, the leaves are processed with great care, the result of which is a tea of unique beauty.