Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hankook Tea Gamnong Green Tea

Country of Origin: South Korea
Leaf Appearance: small, dark green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 160 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale gold

There's a few categories of tea that I've been meaning to explore further and South Korean green teas are one of them. +HANKOOK TEA actually directly manages the operation of their own tea estate. That level of control is always appreciated by tea drinkers. I may also be in love with their adorable chubby bird mascot. He should definitely make more appearances!

This tea was delicate and sweet with a somewhat creamy mouth-feel. Vegetal notes ended in a slightly floral finish. There was some salinity but no where near what you would find in a Japanese green tea. It makes me wonder if this tea was steamed at all in its processing. The brewing directions gave a wide range, 150-170 degrees and 2-3 minutes. After some playing around it was obvious that cooler, shorter brews yielded a sweeter brew. If you prefer more astringency then feel free to go towards the higher end of the spectrum. On some days, I think I would prefer their Teuksun because it wasn't as sensitive and it has a bit more body to grab on to but on a hot summer day, this more subtle offering was a real treat.

Gamnong Green Tea sample provided by Hankook Tea.