Teabento Big Raccoon
Country of Origin: South Korea
Leaf Appearance: small, dark and fairly uniform
Steep time: 40 seconds
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: glass gaiwan
Liquor: bright yellowish green
It was one of my tea resolutions for 2019 to explore Korean teas more so I am excited to share a daejak from Teabento. The time of year that they harvested determines the grade of Korean teas. Daejak, or sparrow’s large beak, is the fourth harvest of the year and consists of more mature leaves. A small garden on Jiri Mountain produced this tea. The tea trees are planted from seed and then left to grow on their own without much human interference.
As always, I absolutely adore the naming scheme and photography style that Teabento uses for their teas. Each of their offerings is assigned an animal namesake and the leaves are lined up inside of an adorable drawing. There are so many tea companies out there but I think this is something that really makes them stand out. I also have yet to taste a tea from them that I did not like.
The dry leaf looked a bit like a larger leafed version of Japanese tamaryokucha. They were twisty and wild in shape but mostly uniform in color. I noticed a sweet,
Big Raccoon brewed up a bright yellowish shade of green. Notes of sweet corn transitioned into a floral finish with hints of honeysuckle. It definitely had a
Do you have a favorite Korean Daejak? Let me know about it in the comments below!