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Heavenly Drop Gyokuro by Obubu
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Tea Info Shelf 

Green tea is often said to have some positive qualities, that are attributed to some of its key components such as Theanine, Catechin, Caffeine and others. Let's look into one of them today - Theanine.
Discovered for the first time in 1949, recently it has gained quite a lot of attention in the tea world. While results in mending some mental diseases are still contested, Theanine is widely thought to both relax the body and sharpen the mind. That is because Theanine increases Alpha wave activity in the brain, that can bring the mind to a state similar to what we experience before falling asleep.
In addition to having some positive effects on the body, Theanine also has a quite distinctive taste, known as umami and is popularly described as a savory sweet taste. Now most green tea will have some amount of Theanine, but it is known to by higher in shaded teas such as Matcha, Gyokuro or Kabuse Sencha. If you wish to experience its taste and effects, you can try our new Gyokuro.
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Gyokuro
Dense and creamy, Heavenly Drop Gyokuro, has a sweet umami flavor with light hints of caramel. Its glowing pale green color tones are accompanied by a lingering aroma of a ripe melon. Shade from the sun for 3 weeks and harvested in spring, Heavenly Drop Gyokuro is a truly unique tea in Obubu's selection.
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Yanagi Bancha
Fairly light in body and a little sharp at the edges, Yanagi Bancha has light astringency with hints of cabbage and clove. Corn-like yellow when steeped, it gives off leafy aroma like that of freshly fallen birch leaves. Made in-between the main harvests Yanagi Bancha is one of the most common Japanese green teas.
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Genmaicha
Medium-bodied with a rounded finish, Genmaicha has a buttery sweet taste with notable elements of corn and peanuts. With a nutty pecan-like aroma it appears brass yellow in color. Made by mixing Yanagi Bancha with roasted rice, Genmaicha is one of the most comforting teas.

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What's New? - Obubu Gyokuro

Gyokuro, poetically called jade dew, is one of the most valued Japanese teas. Its start is said to be nearly 200 years ago when a  tea merchant from Edo (Tokyo today) came to Kyoto to study tea and by chance discovered the way to make Gyokuro. The tea has been highly regarded in Japan ever since, and Obubu is happy to finally present a Gyokuro hand-crafted by our president and lead farmer Akky-san - Heavenly Drop. This is the first year Gyokuro has been made at Obubu, so its amount is fairly limited. Don't miss the chance if you would like to try it.
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Events of the Past Month - Obubu Seminar at Kyoto University

Full of creative thoughts and novel ideas, Obubu is always happy to talk about our activities and developments. This time we were invited to Create Kyoto - an interdisciplinary class at Kyoto University. The class is focused on initiatives to reinvigorate Kyoto and has previously welcomed some other speakers such as the major of Kyoto, Kyoto sushi chefs, and now Obubu. Surrounded by around 25 curious 1st year students Obubu team of our VP Matsu-san and three interns talked about Obubu's evolution and current activities. Students also had a chance to learn more about Japanese tea and to try brewing it in groups.
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