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 prior to plucking. This prevents an abundance of light hitting the plants and allows the chlorophyll to increase. In addition, 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, but 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 gong fu style, or with a gaiwan.

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 one of the best green teas you can find. Enjoy!


Lake Missoula Tea Company commits to direct-sourcing teas and botanicals from sustainable farms. First we choose organic ingredients, and then we create our blends in small batches. In short, we love to drink this stuff, and we’re proud to share with you the tastiest, freshest tea possible. Store away from light and oxygen, and your teas will keep for a good long time.


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The Emperor Gyokuro

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  • Single Origin
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A premium Japanese green tea. Exquisite and complex, shade grown and hand picked.

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136 E Broadway St, Missoula
Judy Hogg
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.
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.
Sari Barnes
This atmosphere of this shop is so wonderfully cozy and pleasant. The menu has such a nice selection of to-go options and the loose teas to purchase for home brewing are phenomenal and in vast selection. The service was quick and friendly. I came here with my family and we bought many of the different teas to try, as well as some to-go teas. My sister and I really enjoyed their house Chai. It was the perfect amount of spice and tea, like a spicy hug for your soul. I will be recommending this shop to others in the future.
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