• Reviews

    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…


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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…

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    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…

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    Hankook Tea Brown Rice Green Tea

    Country of Origin: Korea Leaf Appearance: deep green, lots of roasted rice Ingredients: green tea, roasted brown rice Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: mesh infuser and testubin Liquor: pale green I have been wanting to try this tea ever since I saw Bonnie write about it on Thirsty for Tea. I have a weakness for genmaicha but this isn’t just any brown rice tea. It’s South Korean! There is a higher ration of leaves to rice than you will usually see in a genmaicha and the rice is roasted rather than popped. I rarely make an entire pot of tea but this one called for it on an…