This premium green tea set comes with two mugs. Each of these fine mugs with accompanying lids contains a ceramic tea strainer to help users enjoy tea brewed directly from tea leafs. Ujeon is a Korean word meaning the best green tea. This particular green tea is made of tealeaves from Hwagae wild tea garden in Jirisan Mountain. Literally meaning "before the rain," Ujeon green tea is made by the very first tealeaves of the year, gathered before Gogu (the day around April 20 when the spring rain often falls). Only a small amount of tealeaves is available and the very first batch is very rare and very expensive. It allows for four to five infusions when brewing the tea.
How Korean Green Tea Different From
While internationally Chinese and Japanese teas are more widely known, Korean green tea is very different from them. And unlike black teas, which are fermented and oxidized before they are dried and shaped, Korean green tea is heated on an iron pot within a few hours of being picked, then rolled by hands and naturally dried in the shade. This allows for the tealeaves to infuse clear light liquids, which have a delicate and subtle flavor.
How to Brew a Cup of Korean Green Tea
There are a few prerequisites to a good cup of green tea, and everything from the quality of water and tea, and the temperature of the water, to when the tea is added to the pot, or how long the tea is steeped, can influence the final result.
The water used for green tea should be much cooler, never more than 80 degrees Centigrade (176 degrees Fahrenheit). For high quality green tea, it is important to steep the tea in water that is about 50-60 degrees Centigrade (122-140 degrees Fahrenheit). This is to suppress catechin and activate the amino acids that are the key to green tea's refreshing taste.