A lovely, everyday green tea grown in Hwagae Valley from the summer leaves of old wild tea tree stock from Chirisan mountain. It is grown and processed by Dong Cheon for a co-operative of 88 farmers dedicated to traditional methods and natural farming who use no pesticides or artificial fertilisers.
Nokcha literally means ‘green tea’ in Korean; more specifically this is Dong Cheon’s ‘daejak’ grade, the last tea of the season made in late-May to June. Although this is a rustic tea both in taste and appearance it is often a firm favourite among customers when we make it in our green tea tasting, even against teas many times the price. It has an addictive, biscuit-like flavour and a bright vegetal sweetness reminiscent of sweetcorn. It is best brewed with water that has been allowed to cool to 75-80°C and a teaspoon of tea per cup.
Note: When these leaves are processed a month earlier they make our Sparrow’s Tongue and Korean Black.
88 Small Farmers, Dong Cheon, Hwagae Valley, Korea
SIZE OF FARMS
0.5 acres (average)
PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, semi-wild Hadong cultivars. Pan-fired. Sejak grade – Harvested last week of May 2018.
75°C, 3-4g per 150ml. 3 infusions.