Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hankook Tea Teuksun Green Tea

Country of Origin: South Korea
Leaf Appearance: small, deep green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: kyusu
Liquor: pale green

Korean teas are fairly new to me but I've been enjoying them very much lately thanks to +HANKOOK TEA. This one hails from the Honam Tea Estate in South Korea. I thought it was interesting because it is a blend of 1st and 2nd flush teas (before and after the first day of summer in the lunar calendar). The taste was vegetal and sweet with just a hint of salinity. The marine element wasn't anywhere near what you'd experience in a Japanese green but that makes sense as these leaves do not appear to have been steamed. There was a sort of squash-like note that reminded me of Hou Kui. This tea was strong enough to stand on its own but mellow enough to pair with food as well. It's been months since I had sushi and I found myself craving a really nice salmon roll. My second and third brews did not loose any of their strength. At just under $20 for 100g, this is a fairly cost effective option.

Teuksun Green Tea sample provided by Hankook Tea.