2022 Hadong Hwangcha

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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 the 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 in a 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.

After three years, finally fresh tea from Korean Hadong! Due to the covid measures, the inability to send tea by EMS, and the isolation of a farmer who had to overcome the difficulties of resuming production, we did not obtain these teas (Ujeon, Sejak, and Hwangcha) until this year. And it's worth it. These teas come from small productions, from semi-wild tea trees shaded by trees. 
Teas from Hadong county, South Korea
Most of Korea’s green tea is cultivated in large, commercial tea gardens in Boseong county in South Jeolla Province since the 1950s. However, there are teas grown on the 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 referred 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 flavor. Pesticides are not used in the Mt. Jiri area and only a minimum of fertilizer is used. (source Tea Trekker)
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Form: Whole leaf
Area: South Korea
Year: 2022
Country of origin: South Korea