This Sejak 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 and the family has its own stock of semi-wild shrubs (locally this type of tea is referred to as yaseang-cha: wild tea). 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. Sejak thus denotes the second picking 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 fully or partially 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.
At the same time, in Korea there are teas that are produced on a small scale by small family farms. These small family farms are located in Hadong, the area where tea was first grown in Korea. The teas are harvested from semi-wild bushes and both picking and manufacturing are done by hand, which is why these craft teas require very high prices and only a very small proportion are sold outside Korea. As an example, we are the first from Europe to visit this award-winning farm.
This Sejak has a soft and clean taste with a subtle sweetness and a well-balanced and clear greenery.
- 70-75 c
- 2-3 grams
- 1.5-3 min
Origin: Hwagae, Hadong, South Korea. Other names: Seejak. Harvest 2021.