This Jungjak is a Korean green tea from a small family farm in Hwagae in Hadong, Korea, the area that produces the most traditional teas in Korea. The farm's teas have won the very prestigious first prize in the area's tea festival. The family has its own stock of semi-wild shrubs (locally this type of tea is referred to as yaseang-cha: wild tea), and their teas are hand-picked and made entirely by hand. In Korea, teas are divided into four categories which correspond to the harvest periods: ujeon, sejak, jungjak and daejak (daejak denotes all harvests that take place after the jungjak harvest and therefore includes simpler qualities). These are divided according to the lunar calendar, which is also the basis for China's harvest periods. Jungjak thus denotes the third pick in the spring.
Korean tea is relatively unknown in the West, and the most commonly exported are mass-produced teas of varying quality. These teas are usually steamed, which is largely due to the fact that steaming is easy to do on a large scale. Commercially made Korean teas can be hand-picked, but they are usually never made by hand. In addition, commercially adapted subspecies are used.
Origin: Hwagae, Hadong, South Korea. Harvest: Jungjak 2023.
- 70-75 c
- 2-3 grams
- 1.5-3 min