dimanche 5 juin 2011

Avis d'un amateur éclairé en thé coréen "Larmes de bambou" (en anglais)

I ran across this tea almost by accident. Visiting one of numerous teahouses in Czech Republic’s second largest city Brno, I saw “fresh Nokcha” on their menu. 

As the package later revealed, this tea was on 1st of May – which is already an early Jung jak or third flush. This actual tea is from Hadong in Korea. I remember drinking one of their teas last year, but it was obviously of lower grade than this one - leaves weren't so alike and smell was more harsh, if my mind isn't lying to me once again. Still, it was a very pleasant tea. 
After opening the golden package, I found… another package, this time transparent. Finally, after opening this one, incredibly fresh, green, sweet and deep smell hits my nose and attacks my senses. This is one of those teas smell of which can already persuade you of its wonderful quality....

.... First infusion is prepared with quite tepid water, bringing out most satisfying result – creamy sweetness, milky and even with some gentle tones of pears and apples. There is also a very refined spiciness, however not rising above other characteristics of this tea. Everything seems to be well-balanced, just as I would expect of tea of this high quality. 
I gradually used hotter and hotter water for further infusions, all of which were similarly satisfying, soft and harmonizing. In the end, this tea gave me six tasty infusions and harmony in mind. Half an hour after finishing the session, pleasant aftertaste of this tea still lingers on my tongue and reminds me of the wonderful taste itself. 

I am not going to eat or drink anything else for a while; just because I don’t want it to vanish so fast. From dry leaves to aftertaste, this tea is beautiful.

L'article et les photos publiés avec l'aimable autorisation de M. Michal Tallo (en Slovaquie) 

  

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