Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Tea Review: Black Tea/Hwang Cha (Wooree Tea)

Black Tea/Hwang Cha
Wooree Tea
Type: Black
Origin: South Korea, Hadong
Product Description:
Wooree Tea's Black Tea comes from the Hadong region of south west South Korea. Hadong is recognised as the best tea growing region of South Korea. Our tea is grown semi-wild in a bamboo forest to maintian the optimal daylight and humidity for the leaves.
Black Tea/Hwang Cha teas are more like oolongs in their wide percentage of oxidation. But since they are oxidized using different processes, they are not the same tea. 
Korean tea makers have adopted and tweaked the Chinese "Yellow Tea" to complement their own processing methods and to make a unique brand of Korean fermented yellow/black tea. There is there is no clear understanding of it outside of Korea. It's not yellow tea or black tea according to ‘standard’ tea processing charts. 
A gentle dusky, smokey flavour, a very unique taste, we know you will enjoy it.
Temperature: 195-208°F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1.5-2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of ground nuts and brown bread with a hint of cocoa and smoke.

The liquor is orange amber with notes of roasted nuts, brown bread, cocoa, sweet fruit, and a hint of green vine.  The taste has notes of nut shells, cocoa, and something that reminds me a bit of dark brown bread.

Following the seller's recommendation, I treated this like an oolong and steeped it at 195°F which brought out complexity in both flavor and aroma.  I also steeped the tea at 208° for 1.5 minutes which had slightly less complex results, though the dark, rich, roasty and cocoa-tinged results were still rather delightful. 

This tea was purchased by me.

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