Sunday, February 26, 2012

2011 Hankook "Jungsun" Jungjak Korean Green Tea

Is it Spring or still Winter? The movement of the seasons seems confused, this Winter, this day. Late afternoon snow falls on chilly cherry blossoms outside- a warm green tea seems just right.

This tea, a jungjak grade, comes gifted from Sam of Good Green Tea. The tea is Hankook Tea's standard jungjak (for more on Hankook Tea see here). Let's heat up the ol'hotplate and enjoy this tea as the sun sets between snow heavy clouds.

The longish dark green dry leaves emit a cereal-grassy odour and leave a trail of heavy floral sweetness behind it. These leaves are placed in the warmed teapot and the first infusion is prepared.
It offers very smooth deeper forest notes which turn to a creamy sweetness in the mouth. It has a creamy grassy-wood undertone to it, simple and smooth throughout. The mouthfeel is light and stimulates mainly the front of the mouth.

The second infusion presents prominent creamy-grass-wood notes along with a creamy-sweet taste that is hard to separate from the initial taste. There is a consistence about this smooth creamy taste that stabilizes the profile of this tea. The mouthfeel is now felt prominently on the front half of the tongue. The aftertaste is first of grassy-lime sweetness that traverses to a heavier, tangy, floral sweetness. This aftertaste is long and is felt between the teeth minutes later.

The third infusion has stronger, blander, wood notes which arrive first in the mouth. The grassy forest notes are suppressed by simple wood tastes. The aftertaste comes under these distinct and simple wood notes and reveals that tangy-lime floral quality. An underlying creaminess ties everything together. The qi is mild/weak on the body and mind.

The fourth infusion is basically the same as the last with perhaps a thicker, chalkier mouthfeel.

The fifth is dryer and woodier still a very simple woody forest taste. The creamy sweetness is no where to be found. A chalky-smooth tangy aftertaste lingers. Faint qi can be found pooling in the back of the skull. The sixth infusion is dry and unpalatable.



Mina Park said...

Hi Matt.
I've been a fan of your blog for some time now. I am not able to visit as often as I'd like. But I always find your blogs a pleasure to read (you are such a wonderful writer).

I actually work for Hankook Tea and I was wondering if we would be able to chat. If you could email me when you get a chance, that would be lovely:

Looking forward to your email. :)

Matt said...

Mina Park,

Just sent you a reply.



GoodGreenTea said...

I just discovered your other "part-time profession".

You must be a florist. :)

a smile the cherry blossoms bring.


Matt said...


Spring is here- the cherry blossoms tell us so.


Centranthus said...

I've oftentimes found the cherry blossom to be an intriguing thing - both a symbol of a fresh start and love, and yet also a graceful militarism of the Japanese Samurai.

This spring we're looking forward to the arrival of the saejak and jungjak grades of the greens (finances hardly permit ujeon at the moment, sadly). Are you planning on reviewing 2012 greens?


Matt said...


Of course we'll be looking at some 2012.

Love those cherry blossoms.