2019 Hadong Hwangcha

country of origin South Korea

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Yellow Tea from South Korea
Korean whole-leaf, partially oxidized tea. Hwang-cha means yellow tea in Korean. Sometimes it is also called Balhyocha (Paryocha) – fermented / oxidized tea.
The tea is from the Hadong area, South Korea, which is to the south of the famous Jirisan hills, close to Sumjin river. The tea from semi-wild tea plants is hand processed. Slightly rolled, fully oxidized and beautifully shaped leaves with a soft malty aroma. Orange-gold ina  cup with a well balanced creamy soft even thick viscosity full of dense tones of forest honey, resin, malt and baked chestnuts.

Preparation: Allow 1 teaspoon (4 g) of tea for 200 ml of boiled water, cooled down to 85°C, steep for 1 minute. You can prepare quite a few infusions in a similar way.

Teas from Hadong county, South Korea
Most of Korea’s green tea is cultivated on large, commercial tea gardens in Boseong county in South Jeolla Province since the 1950’s. However there are teas grown on slopes of Mt. Jiri  close to Ssanggye-sa temple in Hwagae Valley. This tea growing area is located in Hadong County in South Gyeongsang Province, and is the original, historic home of Korean green tea. The teas are hand picked and processed and are some of Korea´s finest.
In the 9th century tea bush cuttings were brought from China and planted on Mt. Jiri. These tea bushes have produced many offspring plants via seed planting. Today the tea bushes in this area are reffered to as being ‘semi-wild’. The bushes have not been bred with imported tea bush cultivars (as they have been elsewhere in Korea), so they have retained a flavor profile that is unique to the Mt. Jiri region. The teas have smaller leaves and are sweet and intense in flavour. Pesticides are not used in the Mt. Jiri area and only a minimum of fertilizer is used. (source Tea Trekker)
The most common ways to differenciate grades of quality is using the labels Ujeon (or Woojeon, made in April), Sejak (late April – May) and      Jungjak (May). These terms moreless correspond to „first flush, second flush and third flush“ used as labels for high quality Inidan teas. Ujeon is made of the smallest earliest shots, therefor is most expensive. Sejak is just a bit less aromatic and good, also cheaper. Made of shots grown later. Good Jungjak can be a little less intensely flavored than the other two and usually cheaper. If you meet Daejak, it is tea harvested after Sejak season, it means in June.
However, in Korea itself, drinking high quality green tea is not so frequent. There is definitelly connection between high price and low accessibility. Quality green tea you can only buy in tea rooms, at specialized shops or at producers.
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Form: Whole leaf
Area: South Korea - Hadong
Year: 2019
Country of origin: South Korea