Dae-Jak Korean Green Tea TR55

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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Dae-jak grade is a green tea harvested in late May, and while considered a “normal grade” by Korean standards, this fine tea attests to the overall quality of Korean teas. The liquor is very flavorful and has a full mouth feel, light vegetal quality and complex flavor notes hinting of corn silk. A fresh, clean taste and gentle sweetness linger on the palate. Grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Origin: Korea

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148 tasting notes

This is my first time trying a Korean green tea, but for flavor I’d give it a solid B. Beautiful dark green leaves unfold when this tea steeps. I confess I ignored Upton’s directions to steep this for 3 minutes(!) and only let it steep for 1 minute. I think the flavor is fairly pronounced at just a minute, so I can hardly imagine what 3 would be like!
This is a slightly grassy green with a hint of bitterness, which I tend to like. The flavor is really vegetal and I definitely taste seaweed and a hint of the corn mentioned in the description. Overall this is a smooth green with a slightly sweet aftertaste. I think I’d probably drink this again. :)

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This was great. I just recently tried a Korean Green Tea for the first time and it was excellent (though a much higher grade than this particular one). This tea though was really good too, had a nice hefty green tea flavour without any tannins or negative qualities. It also was hefty without being too bold! So that was great, I prefer more mild and chill green teas than the very punchy flavoured ones, and this was right there.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I have not explored green teas much, and I have been trying to taste more of them. This tea addresses both that deficiency and my lack of ever trying a Korean tea. I have to say that I enjoyed it. The tea does not really have the pronounced sweetness to it that I have enjoyed in some of the greens I have had so far, but it does have a very full and buttery mouth feel that I enjoy. Also, the tea has a very well-defined character of corn silk. That is Upton’s description. I was going to say vegetal or asparagus, but I think corn silk nails it more on the head. They have you infuse it at 180° for 3 minutes, but I would suggest closer to 160° for no more than 2 minutes for the first infusion, increasing time and temperature for each subsequent infusion. This tea strikes me as a good value, and I don’t really feel the effects of the caffeine on my stomach for as much as I drink. I will have this bag finished up quite quickly, and I will be ready to order the other Korean tea offered by Upton next.

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5 tasting notes

Perhaps the sample packs are old, but I don’t get much flavor or nuance from this green, either.

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