Jiri Mountain Tea

"Sourcing Artisan Nokcha From Jirisan"

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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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Jirisan 'Snowscape'

Posted on December 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Jirisan, Hwagae Valley, welcomes the arrival of the winter season. This is the time of the year when tea bushes (camellia sinensis) hibernate until the arrival of next year's (2015) spring harvest.  The scene is quiet, peaceful, and cold. Snow blankets the picturesque Hwagae Valley landscape.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holid...

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Fragrant Camellia Sinensis

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

During autumn, one can see camellia sinensis (tea) shrubs flowering in semi-wild tea gardens on rocky hillsides or in the wild under bamboo groves when hiking in Jirisan. Usually, when I trek across Hwagae Valley I especially like to photograph not only the tea terrain but also the interesting birds, animals, colorful butterflies, while taking in the clean air.

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The King's Tea

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In this article of 'The Tea Files', I am going to provide a very brief and humble review about the origin of Korea's Jirisan, Hwagae Valley, nokcha which is also referred to as the 'King's Tea.'

Below is a picture that I took of a neat poster which appears to be one of King Heungduk of the Shilla Kingdom or possbly King Sejong, the inventor of Hangeul, the...

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Jirisan Jookro Jungjak

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Introducing this year's first freshly harvested, organically grown, Jungjak nokcha (green tea). It comes from a 3rd flush tea harvest which was handpicked and processed in early May 2014.


This tasty nokcha comes by way of well known Jirisan tea artisan and third generation tea farmer Cho Yun Seok of Jukro

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'Cittaslow Nokcha'

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

So, what makes Jirisan, Hwagae green tea (nokcha) so special? Tea bushes have been planted on the southern slopes of Jiri Mountain in rocky, mineral rich soil and nourished with the best that mother nature has to offer in an ideal growing environment.

(Part II)

Wild (yasaeng) and semi-wild tea bushes can be seen growing undisturbed on craggy mou...

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