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2011 Hankook Teuksun Saejak Korean Green Tea

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

Today the azaleas in front of the house are just starting to bloom a healthy vibrant pink- this feels right. The recent bloom of flowers is starting to feel more natural. Also it feels more natural to choose this saejak to drink today.

In examining the dry leaf we are greeted with deep and fresh green forest notes. The deep notes are like the leaves of deciduous forests while the fresh notes are like freshly cut grass. There is a faint roasted barley smell in the distance.

The first infusion is prepared and a very light, sweet, watery, soft, hardly roasted, grainy taste is noticed. There are soft suggestions of fruit that never really develop- an almost ghostly blueberry taste is just in the distance. The soft mellow sweetness lingers into the aftertaste without too much fuss but delivers a soft creamy floral sweetness. The mouthfeel is soft and a bit chalky.

The second infusion presents a light, smooth, somewhat simple, creamy initial lime taste which meets a deep forest taste. These flavours brush against a blandish-dry-tree-bark taste before it transitions to wood in the mouth. The wood moves into a distinct sweetness before it finishes with distinct sweet fruit. The sweetness mixes with the light chalky mouthfeel and is accentuated. This transition of taste is slow, long, and is therefore easy to observe. A creamy somewhat sweet floral taste is left in the mouth. A melon taste develops on the breath minutes later.

The third infusion delivers an initial taste of creamy, somewhat sweet, start which is flanked by simple woody-grain notes. These notes fade slowly and get more woody as the cereal notes disappear then traverse slowly to a simple sweetness. Like in the second infusion these tastes are somewhat simple and transition slowly and clearly. Faint fruits try to develop but don't quite. The mouthfeel is light and a bit chalky. A soft sweetness clings to the somewhat sticky mouthfeel most noted on the sides of the mouth. This taste stays for a long time afterwards.

In the fourth, barely sweet-creamy notes are now shared with an increasingly dry-wood-forest taste which present first. They transition to a fresher-lime-sweet edge which shows itself before disappearing as the soft, faint, sweet aftertaste. A soft but distinct sugary-sweetness coats the thin chalky mouthfeel. There is a slight fruity berry edge here.

The fifth is even stronger on the dry-wood-bark initial taste. The transition to a sweet, but still distinctly woody, taste is simple and holds this line into the aftertaste. The woody notes gradually drop off and interesting faint floral notes arrive in the sweetness revealing themselves minutes later on the breath. The qi of this tea is quite mild with not much going on.

The sixth infusion is dry, woody, and bland- this tea has little but a slightly sugary sweetness. A very light spicy aftertaste is enjoyed which turns to floral and lingers even minutes later.

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