Teas from Korea are just beginning to gain popularity in the United States. Widely unknown, Korean Green Tea is one of the best kept secrets. More akin to a Japanese green tea flavor profile than a Chinese green tea flavor profile; this Organic Sejak Green Tea has a brothy and boldly vegetal cup that pleasantly lingers in the mouth with smooth, mild astringency. The liquor color reminds of an early spring dandelion and the wet leaves smell of dried straw and cooked asparagus with a brighter and thinner cup than our Organic Woojeon Green Tea from Korea. Grown on the volcanic island of Jeju, this loose leaf organic green tea is infused with the salty sea breezes and fertile soil of this pristine area of the world.
Ingredients: organic Korean green tea
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: If you like Sencha Green, then try this tea! It has a similar flavor profile with a Korean twist and is a great alternative for someone looking to replace their Sencha with a new organic tea or want to mix it up!
Jeremy Says: With leaves slightly larger than the Woojeon leaves, this Sejak is a great example of young Korean teas leaves harvested in late April to May.
Posted by Johanna on 23rd Mar 2017
I mostly drink Japanese green teas. This (to me) has that kelpy, ocean flavor that I love, but is still a pleasant change from my normal habits. It's light and fresh. I brew this one at lower temperatures (say, 160 degrees) and resteep 2 - 3 times. It was a while ago that I had the Woojeon (the other Korean tea), but the Sejak has a lighter, brighter taste and feel compared with it. They're both excellent and I'll definitely buy again.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Dec 2016
This was my first time trying a Korean tea, and i bought the sampler. I brewed mine a bit stronger then the directions said but man it is becoming one of my favorites. I easily brewed 3 cups off the one serving i made and each cup brought out interesting and delicious notes of the tea. I usually prefer dragon well when I'm drinking green tea but this has a bit less astringency in my opinion and is much smoother. I plan on ordering lots more as my current stash of green teas get depleted.
Posted by Kara on 10th Dec 2015
This is my first time sampling a Korean green tea and the best way I can describe the Sejak variety is that it tastes somewhere between a Chinese green and a Japanese green. At the very end of the cup you can catch a wisp of a salty, oceanic flavor. Lovely!
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Apr 2015
I ordered a sample of Korea Sejak and was completely blown away how delicious and light in taste it was. Came back to order a full size because this is so far my favorite tea! And the color of the tea is the prettiest I have even seen.
Posted by Alison on 16th Apr 2015
I have enjoyed both Korean teas from Arbor Teas - the Sejak and the Woojeon. If price is a limiting factor for you, go with the Sejak and you will be happy, if you are looking for a nice, SenCha-like green tea. I prefer to the Woojeon, as it seems similar, but a bit stronger, and slightly more vegetal / astringent to me, but it is significantly more expensive.
However, I'm still giving it 5 leaves, because Sejak is a great tea.
I'd like to very respectfully disagree with the reviewer who likened this tea to bancha. To me, this tea tastes nothing like bancha, which has more of a roasted, heavier flavor, in my opinion.
Posted by S.R. Payne on 10th Jan 2015
I'm very pleased to write a glowing review of this wonderful tea. One of the greatest problems that I have with green teas seems to be finding one that has that 'all around' pleasure of it's consumption thing going for it. this one has it all. Some green teas have absolutely no flavor at all and are never purchased again. Some have an over powering vegetal or oceanic smell and taste about them and are never purchased again. This one I will be purchasing again. This is one that I very highly recommend to you. Before I had even finished pouring my steeping water over the tea leaves I could pick up a very pleasant, sweet vegetal fragrance. Not over powering, just very sweet. Upon first taste, I found the first green tea that is well worth staying with. It is not as strong in smell or taste as some Japanese teas which at times can be a bit much. This one leaves a very pleasing sweet after taste. As a matter of fact, I am having a cup of this wonderful offering from Korea as I write this review. The estate that grows this tea has a winning product on their hands. One of the best green teas I have thus far tasted. I hope that you agree....Steve.
Posted by wally jasper on 29th Aug 2014
Sejak Korean tea is a delicious Japanese-style green tea, full bodied, kind of vegetal and, as the previous reviewer noted, very reminiscent of sencha. I'm wary of buying food products from Japan since the Fukushima disaster, so was delighted to see this high quality Korean tea with a deeply satisfying Japanese taste profile. I'm so grateful to Arbor Teas for offering this and the Korean Woojean teas.
Posted by Andy on 25th Feb 2014
A very nice alternative to Japanese green teas. Tastes and looks very much like Sencha. Very nice. I will buy this one again.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))
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