The Emperor Gyokuro - Lake Missoula Tea Company
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The Emperor Gyokuro


A Top Shelf Japanese green tea. Exquisite and complex, shade grown and hand picked.


The Emperor Gyokuro is a Top Shelf Japanese green tea. The flavor is exquisite and complex.

This Japanese green tea is shade grown and hand picked. A shade covering of bamboo or other material is applied to the tea bushes twenty to thirty days before plucking. This prevents an abundance of light hitting the plants and allows the chlorophyll to increase. The shade prevents L-theanine, an amino acid, from converting to catechins. Catechins are typically more bitter. The higher amount of L-theanine rather than catechins are what bring a sweetness and depth of flavor to Gyokuro tea.

Not only does L-theanine bring smoothness and roundness of flavor to this tea, it also helps relax the body and mind. The taste is robust and vegetal, the aroma grassy. Like other steamed teas, hints of seaweed and ocean persist with this green. The liquor is a beautiful, vibrant green. For optimum tea experience, brew this tea gonfu style.

The family we source this from seeks perfection in all the teas they produce.  The Emperor Gyokuro is proof of this perfection. A sip of this tea will reveal that it is one of the best green teas you can find. Enjoy!

Japanese green tea.

Caffeine. A direct source tea.


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136 E Broadway St, Missoula
Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories
Nathaniel Klein
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
Chiara Giovanni
We are major tea snobs and I was absolutely delighted by this store. There are the usual suspects as well as shelves of unique, hand-picked teas. Highly recommend the Golden Snail :) It was really special being able to try whatever tea I wanted before buying. I'm looking forward to subscribing to their tea club. I would love to come back: everything was delicious.
Andrea PNW
Amazing tea! Beyond my expectations and well worth the stop! Delightful service and amazing blends! If you are in the area I would highly recognize them. I will be ordering blends online-they are so good!