Hadong Mt. Jiri Ujeon (First Pluck) Green Tea (하동지리산우전녹차)
|Ujeon (First Pluck) Jaksul (sparrow's beak) Nokcha (green tea)
|Mt. Jiri, Hwagae District, Hadong County, South Gyeongsang Province, Korea
|Wilted, roasted, rolled and dried.
This Mt. Jiri Ujeon (Woojeon) green tea is a taste of early spring in your teacup. Hand plucking only the tender first flush buds of mid April, just before Gukwoo (the first spring rain), the farmers then pan fire the buds in the traditional manner to prevent any oxidation, thereby maintaining the delicate green color and subtle flavors and scents of the finest Ujeon tea.
Jaksul (sparrow's beak) refers to the shape of the iconic "bud and two leaves" found at the tip of spring growth on the camellia sinensus bush. The two spreading leaves resemble an open bird’s beak and the emerging bud looks like its tongue sticking out. Ujeon means "before the spring rain".