Boseong Daejak Hongcha (보성군 대작 홍차) is an organic black tea from the Choi family plantation located in the famous Boseong County of South Jeolla Province. The early summer Daejak (대작) grade is plucked in late May and early June and is generally considered to be the last flush. The name Daejak Hongcha refers both to the flush of this tea and the fact that it is a black tea. This tea has full organic certification, was picked in 2017 and is sourced by us directly from the Choi family.
The Choi family plantation produces some classic teas that all have their own unique characters but maintain a distinctive ‘Korean’ taste. The family has owned this plantation for 3 generations and the tea making knowledge passes down from one generation to the next. They take great care in growing and producing their organic teas that showcase wonderful traditional Korean tea flavours. The Choi family also run tea making workshops for local schools, passing down their tea knowledge and promoting local agricultural work. Most children of farmers around the area are keen on moving to big cities for study and work, so their work is essential in ensuring the future of Korean tea.
This Boseong Daejak Hongcha is a black tea that has medium-sized black twisted and curled leaves with a lightly stony and malty aroma. The liquor has a dark amber colour with a light scent of caramel and malt. The complex character has a medium body with no astringency or dryness. The profile is balanced, with stony and malty notes of tangy dried fruits. There is a clean spicy aftertaste on top notes that is rather invigorating. Overall this Daejak Hongcha is a rather satisfying tea that exhibits a level of complexity while still retaining a clean and easily appreciable classic black tea profile.
It is best brewed at 90c for 2-3 minutes and can be re-brewed multiple times.