Interest check: Ippodo's Tokusen Gyokuro, Premium grade only sold at Kyoto Main Store

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Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:57 pm

2019 Gyokuro will be soon sold in Japan. I’m thinking of writing to Ippodo in Kyoto to see if a few of us can get their special select grade gyokuro only sold once per year at their Kyoto store. I first wrote about it at the old forum. Anyone else interested in requesting 50g or 100g packet?

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Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:57 pm

I'm in for a 100g packet
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:10 pm

id be in
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:20 pm

Brent D wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:10 pm
id be in
@Brent D 50g or 100g ?
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:32 pm

When do they start to sell it?
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:12 pm

50g please.
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:26 pm

Bok wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:32 pm
When do they start to sell it?
Gyokuro is picked in late April typically, after 20-30 days shading. After picking and processing, it is then rested in cool storehouses for at least 5-6 months. So early October that year’s gyokuro is available. It's also called Kuradashi Gyokuro (Storehouse Gyokuro).
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:41 pm

interested in 50g
it's good tea
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:02 pm

Interested in 50g
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:01 am

Is it crass to ask about the cost?

I would like 50 grams but would consider 100 grams if I could afford it.
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:01 am

Not crass, but rather very practical to ask about cost. I've had mixed experience with gyokuro, because I prefer the sweeter and floral notes in some to the umami notes in others, and without being able to sample first, I'm a little wary of spending a bundle for a very high quality tea that ends up not being to my liking. But my tastes have evolved over time, and I might love it. So...I'm interested, but would have to consider the cost too.
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:29 am

Victoria wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:20 pm
Brent D wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:10 pm
id be in
Brent D 50g or 100g ?
100
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:15 pm

debunix wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:01 am
Not crass, but rather very practical to ask about cost. I've had mixed experience with gyokuro, because I prefer the sweeter and floral notes in some to the umami notes in others, and without being able to sample first, I'm a little wary of spending a bundle for a very high quality tea that ends up not being to my liking. But my tastes have evolved over time, and I might love it. So...I'm interested, but would have to consider the cost too.
Not sure about price since it’s not out yet. Currently their most expensive gyokuro at 50g is 46.88$, so 100g 93.76$. I’m think similar price range. https://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/sho ... okuro.html
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:33 pm

thank you @Victoria for putting this together! very exciting! i hope this works out.
Janice wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:01 am
I would like 50 grams but would consider 100 grams if I could afford it.
i bought some before (in person in kyoto since they normally refuse to sell that grade online) but can't remember exactly what it costs. rough estimate: ~1usd/g

edit: probably closer to 1.2 usd/g
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:07 am

At that price I'd love to try 100g
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