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                                                  "The Tea Files"

My blog is all about tea (camellia sinensis). This segment of the tea files will focus on the Jirisan area of Hadong County, South Korea. Whether your a tea aficionado, tea connoisseur, tea enthusiast, or tea novice, I hope to provide you with selective information, stories, and my personal tea trekking adventures, and at times, pictures relating to tea and teaware.                                                                        

~Jirisan Gabriel~

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'Cittaslow' Nokcha

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

(Part I)

Let's explore Jirisan, Hwagae Valley together and discover where one can arguably find growing the best nokcha (green tea) in Korea. If I can describe Hwagae Myeon located in Gyeongnam Province, Hadong County, South Korea in one word it is: Rural.

Things haven't change much here in the past 20 years. Yet, when talking to the village people here there seems to have been a...

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Tea Euphoria

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 I saw this writing on a wall on the first floor of the Hadong Tea Cultural Museum in Hwagae Myeon, South Korea which caught my attention.

The following is an excerpt from Chabu ( Rhapsody to Tea) by Hanjae Yi Mok, a Joseon Dynasty scholar monk who lived (1471~1498). He described the beneficial effect...

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Jirisan 2013 Farewell

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone!

I apologize that I haven't had much time to blog since I left Hwagae Valley, South Korea for the USA in late November 2013. However, I am slowly getting back into it. 


My last fe...

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Jirisan Yuja Balhyocha

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, Sun and I paid a visit with Lee Deok Joo. It was a beautiful autumn day. The morning was cool, but then it warmed up to 20°C/ 68°F. As we were approaching his tea factory, he was actually leaving his tea site to go somewhere when we flagged him down. He stopped his car, turned around and went back to his tea center and opened the doors again for us. He was indeed very considerate. After we walked around his ~1 acre/0.4hectare picturesq...

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Jirisan Autumn

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

All over Jirisan, autumn is a splendid place to be for casual hikers, serious trekkers, and nature watchers. Trekking in Hwagae Valley in the early morning hours, one can experience fine mist softly caressing the face and skin. It is a time when the surrounding mountainsides and valleys come alive with vivid colors that soothe the senses. 

Here are a few mid- autumn pictures that I took while trekking ...

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Welcome to "The Tea Files"

A tea blog about my tea journey and trekking experiences into the unique world of organically grown and exquisite artisan nokcha (green tea), balhyocha (fermented/oxidized) leaf teas, yasaeng (wild) rock teas, and semi-wild leaf teas from Jirisan, Hwagae Valley, South Korea,  the birthplace of Korean nokcha.

~Jirisan Gabriel~

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~Jirisan Gabriel~

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