Teuksun Jaksul Cha (Sejak Grade)

Teuksun Jaksul Cha

Sejak grade green tea from Hankook Tea.

Jaksul Cha means “Sparrow’s Tongue”, indicating high-quality green tea in Korea.

Hand-harvested right before and after Ibha*, it is difficult not to appreciate the complexity of this tea. Teuksun still has the delicate and sweet flavor remnants of the first flush harvest leaves, which are interwoven beautifully with more mature, robust tones. These spring leaves are skillfully steamed and slightly pan-fired into perfection.

*Ibha  is 7th of the 24 seasonal divisions, falling on the 5th or 6th of May, according to the lunar calendar.

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Gamnong Jaksul Cha (Sejak Grade)

Gamnong Jaksul Cha

Sejak grade green tea from Hankook Tea.

Gamnong, in Hanja, means “sweet harvest”, referring to the sweet flavor produced by the delicate leaves. These are the delicate leaves and buds at the tip of the tea plants, hand-harvested and processed with years of experience.

Jaksul Cha means “Sparrow’s Tongue”, indicating high-quality green tea in Korea.

Hand-harvested right before and after Gokwoo* season, Gamnong is the tea of choice by tea masters in Korea and abroad. Clear as morning dew, the first flush tea contains bright, crisp and pure flavor tones and the soft bouquet of a spring day right after a light shower. The depth and intensity of this tea is further enhanced by the lingering sweetness that remains.

 

 

*Gokwoo is the rainfall for seeding (the 6th of the 24 seasonal divisions according to the lunar calendar that fall on the 20th or 21st of April).

Gamnong Matcha (Powdered Green Tea)

Matcha (“malcha” in Korean) means powdered tea.
Though there are powdered forms of all types of tea (white, oolong, partially oxidized, black), matcha refers specifically to powdered green tea.

There is is no set rule, but the term “matcha” usually refers to high quality powdered green tea. Discerning quality comes down to two main factors – the grade of the tea leaf used and how well it foams when whisked.


Hankook Tea’s founder and CEO Yang Won Suh has received recognition by the Korean government as the 34th Grand Master of Traditional Korean Foods (or Myung-In) for his superior production of Matcha and Hwang Cha.

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Our Gamnong Matcha uses Sejak grade tea leaves (same grade as our Gamnong Jaksul Green Tea), grown at our Jangsung Tea Plantation. Part of this plantation is reserved specifically for our matcha.

The tea leaves shaded for a short period of time to produce a brighter color and slightly sweeter taste. The shading is only done for a short time in order to retain the “natural” green tea taste, as well as to retain higher levels of tannin and lower levels of caffeine.

Like a great latte, fine foam is an important part of matcha (see example in photo above: bowl on top, right shows whisked matcha topped with fine foam) In order to get great foam, technique and much practice is needed. But more importantly, the powder needs to be very fine. The best method found to date is by using a stone mill, which keeps all the nutrient intact while getting the leaves down to a soft, fine powder. Using a grinding machine is also common for powdered green tea (not matcha grade), but it cannot get the powder ground down as finely without destroying the nutrients or flavor of the tea leaf.

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Gamnong Matcha – 30g
Luxuriously smooth and slightly sweet in taste, the bright green liquor has a light grassy aroma.