Tea Type: Green Tea
Tea Region: Jiri Mountain, Hadong, South Korea
Awards: 1 star at Great Taste Awards 2019
Reference: Op. 214
Tips for Tea Connoisseurs
Wild Arbor Joongjak (also spelled as Jungjak) is a Korean Green Tea, made from tea leaves of wild tea bushes naturally grown on the slopes of Jiri Mountain, Hadong, South Korea.
In South Korea, there are three main tea producing regions - Boseong, Hadong and Jeju Island. The history of Hadong tea dates back to 9th century and it is well-known as King's tea in South Korea, as artisan, handmade spring green tea from Hadong has been always offered as a local delicacy to kings in the past.
Small scale family tea gardens around Hadong area still continue to produce top quality, traditional, artisanal green, black and fermented teas from wild tea bushes naturally grown in the region. While you may often encounter Korean green teas from Jeju Island, authentic, wild-bush, green tea from Hadong is extremely rare in the markets outside South Korea due to the limited production. Our Wild Arbor Joongjak green tea offers a great opportunity to green tea enthusiasts to try authentic South Korean green tea from Hadong.
Korean green tea is graded according to the date of harvest and the maturity of buds and leaves: Woojeon/Ujeon (First Pluck), Sejak (Second Pluck), Joongjak/Jungjak (Third Pluck) and Daejak (Fourth Pluck). Each grade comes up with their unique flavour and Joongjak green tea, made from one tender bud and two fully opened leaves of early May offers a more nuanced nuttiness and herbaceous note than Woojeon and Sejak green tea. Although Woojeon is the best grade of Korean green teas, many tea connoisseurs in South Korea highly appreciate Sejak and Joongjak, as the flavour of Woojeon is very subtle and delicate and the aftertaste is often quite short on the palate.
When brewed, Wild Arbor Joongjak offers a delicious liquor full of umami, toasted, nutty flavours with a subtle hint of marine and herbaceous notes, which evokes nutty Dragon Well Long Jing green tea on one hand and herbaceous, vegetal under-toned Sencha on the other hand. There is a slight hint of citrusy-herbaceous note in the finish, which leaves a refreshing sensation on the palate.
As with all the green teas, our Wild Arbor Joongjak is a rich source of vitamin C, catechin and amino acids. There are several studies indicating potential health benefits of green tea such as promoting skin health, weight loss, heart health and cancer prevention.
Certified MAFRA Organic, which is equivalent to EU organic standards.
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