2020 Sparrow’s Tongue



An outstanding Korean hand-picked sejak tea grown in Hwagae valley made using the tender spring leaves of old semi-wild tea tree stock from Chirisan mountain. It is grown and processed by Dong Cheon for a co-operative of 88 farmers dedicated to traditional methods and natural farming who use no pesticides or artificial fertilisers.

This is Dong Cheon’s sejak grade of tea, the second highest grade of tea of the year in the Korean grading system based on the lunar calendar.  This year’s version is excellent, even by Dong Cheon’s high standards, combining some of the best qualities of both Chinese and Japanese green teas. The dry leaf aroma is fresh and vegetal, while the brewed tea is soft in texture with a long-lasting floral sweetness often found in Long Jing. When brewed at a low temperature the tea also has a meaty, umami flavour and viscous body similar to that of some shaded Japanese teas.

We strongly recommend brewing this at a low temperature, around 60°C, with a high ratio of leaf/water to bring out the umami and sweetness in the tea.

Note: When these leaves are processed as a black tea they make our Korean Black, and the later summer tea is our Nokcha.

88 Small Farmers, Dong Cheon, Hwagae Valley, Korea

0.5 acres (average)

Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, semi-wild Hadong cultivars. Pan-fired. Sejak grade – Harvested last week of April 2020.

60°C, 4-5g per 100ml. 4 infusions.

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