• Reviews

    Teabento Jiri Horse – Balhyocha

    Country of Origin: South Korea Leaf Appearance: small, dark, and wiry Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: reddish amber Teabento names each of the teas they offer after animals and photographs the leaves inside of simple line drawings of their namesake. It’s admittedly a bit gimmicky but I love it anyway. Something you might not know about me is that I am a big animal person, especially when it comes to horses. That was definitely why I picked this one first out all of the samples that Teabento generously sent me. Jiri Horse Balhyocha is often referred to as a black tea but things are always so cut…


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    Hankook Tea Hwang Cha Gold

    Country of Origin: South Korea Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: balhyocha Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: small ceramic teapot Liquor: amber This tea walks a line of technicalities. It’s partially oxidized so it isn’t what you would usually consider to be a green tea. It’s also not black tea because it isn’t fully oxidized and it’s not oolong due to the processing technique. I’ve chosen to categorize it as balhyocha here. You can see a detailed explanation of this on World of Tea: South Korean Balhyocha and Hwangcha. The brewed tea was a nice amber color. There was no bitterness or astringency, resulting in a very smooth cup. I was…