Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tea Review: 2017 Jeju Island First Flush Black Tea (Teas Unique)

2017 Jeju Island First Flush Black Tea
Teas Unique
Type: Black
Origin: South Korea, Jeju Island, Mt. Halla
Product Description: This first flush (first machine harvest of the year) whole leaf oxidized hongcha black tea was machine harvested after Ipha (the beginning of the summer season) then wilted, tossed, rolled, oxidized and dry roasted. Selecting only the bud and two leaves from the harvested material, this USDA certified organic tea is similar in quality to handpicked sejak (small beak) jaksul (sparrow’s beak) hongcha (black tea). This single estate tea comes from the fertile volcanic soil of the cool eastern slope of Mt. Halla on Jeju Island, located off Korea’s southern coast.

Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of oats and seasoned wood.

The orange amber infusion has an aroma of baked fruit and nuts with hints of honey and flowers.  The taste is smooth and savory with notes of baked plum and caramelized sugar and a lightly floral finish.

Though I stopped at three infusions, there was still enough flavor and aroma that, with a slightly longer steeping time, I would expect it to produce at least one or two more enjoyable infusions.  




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