More than 1400 years ago green tea was brought to Korea from China. For many years it was cultivated only at royal courts and temples. A couple of centuries later tea drinking culture was widely promoted by the aristocracy and monks. While
at the same time in China and Japan, tea drinking was reserved only for higher classes.
The historical Korean word for tea, “설록 – Sulloc”, means the first flush tea leaf was harvested on the snowfield of a mountain. It perfectly describes the weather and nature conditions of ancient Korean plantations, where the tea was picked before the spring.
Though the Korean teas and tea drinking culture differ from Chinese or Japanese, we can notice influences of those two countries in this tea. The best proof is the unique Woojeon tea.
This Woojeon tea won the gold medal at this year’s Golden Leaf awards for the best green tea in Korea. This beautiful green tea comes from a small farm located in Boseong called Chungbo Garden and the tea farmers name in Charles Moon.
The rolled and curvy shape of Woojeon leaves may remind you of the green hills of Boseong, which is the largest tea producing area in Korea, and a place where this tea is being produced for more than 1600 years. The area is surrounded with ocean and the soil is also rich in minerals, calcium and magnesium.
At the same time, the production method connects Japanese and Chinese ways of tea production. The fresh leaves are picked from the tea bush before the monsoon season comes. Then they are first steamed and then roasted.
It has vegetal notes reminiscent of high-quality green teas from Japan like Tamaryokucha, but lighter and smoother.
Woojeon has buttery fresh vegetal notes with hints of hazelnuts, you can smell the fresh sea air in the tea. The marine aroma with hints of floral is impossible not to appreciate as it offers the tea lover a unique experience you cannot find anywhere else.