JRS22 wrote:I just opened a bag of Sejak that I purchased from Tea Trekker last year. According to the label it's 2011 harvest 3rd plucking. So far my varied attempts at brewing have been very disappointing. I know that last year's tea won't be as good as fresh tea but given that it was packed and sealed in Korea I was hoping for enough fla or to tempt me to buy some 2012 harvest tea.
Any brewing tips for coaxing some flavor out of this tea?
Last year, was considered a very bad year for green tea in Korea by virtually all the farmers I spoke with. Very cold weather both damaged the yield and produced a not very flavorful crop, especially around Jiri mountain where most of the best teas are sourced.
Personally, I use about 5.5g in a 120-140ml teapot with water ranging from 65-70C for approximately 1 minute, similar to Adam's suggestion.
I don't think Korean green tea will be for everyone's taste as it is expensive and those looking for big flavor might be disappointed and frustrated. Balhyocha teas seem to yield up much bigger flavors with lots of profiles to choose from.
This year's harvest is reportedly very good, but, pricey. Hope this helps.