Tea and origin: Green tea from Dong Cheon, Hwagae Valley, Hadong, Korea
Link to Korea Dong Cheon Daejak Sparrow’s Tongue ‘Jakseol’
I tried my first high-quality Korean green tea about three months ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I was extremely chuffed to receive a sample pack of Sparrow’s Tongue from What-Cha and spend a lot of time working with this tea to find its sweet spot. It is a real pleasure to drink, so please read on to see what is so great about this tea.
Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of dark green, twisted leaves. It has a moderate grassy aroma
Infused tea: The tea cups out a light green liquor that has a toasty, corny aroma. The first infusion yields a liquor with corn-like flavour and grassy undertones. It has a medium body and a mild amount of astringency. The second infusion has a great combination of nutty and salty flavours. And the third infusion is dominated by grassy and salty notes
Infusion tips: I would suggest short infusions (30 seconds for first, then increase by 30 seconds for each subsequent infusion) with 70 to 75C water. Try infusing this tea three or four times. Have fun with the tea and play around with steeping time and water temperatures. I do think this tea is a bit fussy with water temperature, so I’d make sure the water temperature is below 80C
Comments: I loved working through the infusions with this tea, as each infusion offered a new experience. Ranging from corny to grassy to nutty to salty flavours, this tea sent this me into tea heaven. Green tea drinkers should definitely try this tea, or another one of What-Cha’s new Korean teas. You might find a new favourite!
Retail price: 10 grams for £1.51 / 50 gram for £5.50