Continuing on with my exploration of Korean teas, I tried this green tea called Mt. Jiri Joongjak from Teas Unique. Joongjak means Third Pluck and it’s a hand plucked tea. After trying some other Korean green teas, I expected this tea to be more on the umami side, but it’s aroma was lighter and sweeter, nutty, still with vegetal leafy aroma and a touch of sharpness more similar to some Japanese green teas I’ve tried.
The leaves are a small to medium size. This tea was wilted, roasted, rolled, and then dried. For my tasting of this tea I prepared it in a teapot using two heaping teaspoons of leaf with 16oz of water at approximately 75 degrees Celsius. Lately I’ve been sticking to lower infusion times with green teas, and did so with this tea as well, opting for a one minute steep.
The liquor was a pretty, bright and fairly clear yellow-green. The flavour was surprisingly sweet and nutty, and reminded me of Qi Lan with sweet hay and toasty notes along with the vegetal and legume flavours. This tea is excellent as is and doesn’t need any sweetener added. The leaves can of course be reinfused, and I would personally stop after two re-steepings. This might be my favourite of the Korean teas I’ve tried so far!
You can find this tea on Teas Unique’s website here and try it for yourself! Once again, Teas Unique has generously offered a 25% discount on the purchase of this tea for readers of this blog, so be sure to use code KRYSTAL25 to save on this tea! You can find it on Teas Unique’s website here. Code expires November 10th, 2018.
(Sample provided for review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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Tea Review: 2017 Jeju Island First Flush Black Tea from Teas Unique
Tea Review: 2017 Boseong Joongjak (Third Pluck) Green Tea from Teas Unique