• Korean Tea Tasting
  • Korean Tea Tasting
  • Korean Tea Tasting
  • Korean Tea Tasting
  • Korean Tea Tasting
  • Korean Tea Tasting

Korean Tea Tasting

Journey into the World of Korean Tea

Jessica Choi returns to TGL to dive deep into the world of Korean tea. We will explore and compare fine artisanal teas from two sustainable micro gardens; the first is located on the slopes of Jiri Mountain in Hadong County, while the second is situated on the foothills of Chilgap Mountain in Cheongyang County, South Korea. The Jiri Mountain region is where Korean tea cultivation first began in the 9th century, and is home to Korea’s wild native tea bushes. Known for its pristine environment, Cheongyang County is further north than the main tea producing regions and there is a greater diurnal temperature range, cultivating more vigorous tea bushes.

Welcome Drink

Wild Pine Needle Spritzer 

Early spring pine shoots picked in Jiri Mountain are fermented with unrefined organic sugar for two years in onggi (traditional Korean earthenware jars) to create this extract. Pine needle is a medicinal botanical that has been traditionally used to treat a variety of ailments such as respiratory problems, joint pain, and other inflammatory conditions. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and its refreshing herbaceous scent is uplifting. Notes of citrus, mint, and wood.   

Teas to Explore

2022 Dumul Deokkeum-cha / 2nd Flush Green Tea from Hadong County & Cheongyang County

Tea in its purest, most immediate form. Plucked and crafted entirely by hand from the second flush of the spring season. Harvested only once a year when leaves have their most intense flavor after winter dormancy. Knowing when and how to control the firing process is of utmost importance in finding the balance of the tea. Leaves from the Hadong garden were pan-fired five times in an iron caldron, whereas the leaves from the Cheongyang garden were pan-fired three times, before the final step of matnaegi—taste-giving process. Both are fresh and delicate; the Cheongyang tea has notes of fresh rice, watercress, and steamed milk, while the Hadong tea has notes of mineral, toasted bread, and honeysuckle.  

2022 Balhyo-cha / Oxidized - Fermented Tea from Hadong County & Cheongyang County

An oxidized fermented tea unique to Korea. Every tea artisan has their own special recipe for crafting balhyo-cha. An essential step is covering the leaves in cloth to allow reabsorption of their own aromatics to develop the desired flavor profile. The Hadong balhyo-cha is reminiscent of a semi-oxidized oolong and has notes of vanilla and wet soil, with a light and velvety texture. The Cheongyang balhyo-cha undergoes a prolonged triple oxidation-fermentation process resulting in an amazingly fragrant distinctive tea that is silky with a rich aroma redolent of plumeria, cacao, and muscat.

2017 Hubalhyosan-cha / Post-fermented Loose Leaf Tea from  Cheongyang County

A post-fermented tea in its rawest form. This hubalhyosan-cha follows a similar crafting method as the balhyo-cha, but does not undergo any sort of firing—allowing microbial activity to continue. Aged for five years, this special dark tea is full of interesting mellow undertones. Earthy and a hint of spicy with notes of chestnut and cinnamon.

Tea Accompaniments:

Semi-dried Hampyeong Figs

Oranda (traditional Korean snack) topped with Gamtae laver 

White Chocolate Caramelized Almonds Dusted with Deep-roasted Green Tea Powder

Malcha (Korean green tea powder) Sable Cookie

Dried Korean Sweet Potatoes

*The sable cookies and almonds contain dairy

**Made from sustainably sourced local and Korean ingredients

Tastings Available

Friday, September 30th at 1:00pm & 4:30pm
Saturday, October 1st at 1:00pm & 4:30pm
Friday, October 7th at 1:00pm & 4:30pm
(90 minutes, limited to 5ppl per session)

-Cancellation Policy-
Reservations cannot be cancelled or rescheduled within the 24hours of the scheduled tasting. Within the time window, changes and cancellations must be made through our store email or phone. We recommend arriving 10 minutes prior to the event so that the tasting can start promptly on time. Unfortunately, refunds will not be issued to those who don't show up or show up late. 

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