Joongjak Organic Green is produced on Jeju Island, which is the southernmost part of South Korea. The garden is located at an elevation of about 500 feet and the plants benefit from a rich, volcanic soil and a subtropical climate. Joonjak is from the third harvest of the year, harvested in mid- to late-June the leaves are then pan-fired using traditional Korean processing methods.
The curved, twisted leaves unfurl to yield a smooth and refreshing, light-bodied infusion with savory, vegetal and slightly fruity notes.
Korea’s tea history spans over 2,000 years and it was one of tea’s earliest countries of origin. Tea culture began to wane in the 1300’s, only to resurge in the 1960’s. Tea is only grown in the southern part of the mainland, in the Boseong and Hadong regions, and on Jeju Island. South Korea primarily produces green tea, known as nok cha, but very small amounts of black, wulong, and dark teas are also crafted. The most expensive teas are completely hand-crafted. Limited quantities of tea are exported.