Country of Origin: Sout Korea
Leaf Appearance: very small, dark green
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 167 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teapot
Liquor: greenish gold
Out of all of the teas that Tea Repertoire shared with me, I think I was most excited to try this one. Korean teas are something I’ve been wanting to explore more. Sejak is a type of green tea that is harvested from mid to late April. You might also see it called Jaksul, or sparrow’s tongue, because of the size and shape of the leaves. It consists mostly of young buds and barely opened leaves. This tea was wild-grown on the slopes of Mt. Jiri in Hadong.
The dry leaves of this tea were incredibly small in size. It was obvious that great care had been taken during processing. They were a beautiful deep shade of green and had a pleasant nutty aroma. I purchased my first Korean tea set just before receiving this sample so the timing was perfect. I followed Tea Repertoire’s recommended parameters for this review. Brewing 3g at 167 degrees for 2 minutes turned out perfectly. However, I experimented quite a bit afterward and found this tea to be fairly flexible. It quickly became a favorite for me in my office tea stash for that reason.
Sejak Tendresse brewed up a pale greenish gold. The taste was wonderfully delicate and sweet. The nutty aroma of the dry leaf came through in the cup as a toasty. It wasn’t firey or smokey at all though. Hints of sweet peas and an indistinct floral note in the background kept things feeling fresh and light. My second infusion was more herbaceous with a cooling quality that reminded me of rosemary. There was hardly any astringency.
Tea Repertoire compares this tea to Chinese greens like Dragonwell and Bi Lu Chun. I would definitely say that it meets that expectation and then some. This tea is a must-try if you are already a fan of those better-known teas. There are several other reviews from this company coming down the pipeline. I’ve been very impressed with their selection so far.
Have you ever tried Sejak Tendresse? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!