Having polled a variety of people on the ground on Jiri Mountain, the following is the general consenses on this year's harvest...
This Winter was cool so the harvest is on track with the traditional picking dates and the rainfall has been, in some places, just a bit less than average. With this said these are within the "average/normal" climatic factors for Jiri Mountain this time of year. The tea farmers and producers are very optimistic and early signs indicate that this year's harvest will be great! Certainly it should be better than the 2010 and 2011 seasons which were complicated by a colder Winter and late Spring frost which damaged some tea plants and slightly decreased the quality of a few teas from a few select farms/ producers.
This year's Ujeon looks promising- look forward to trying a few. Nature has done its part, now its up to the producers. Stay tuned.