REVIEW: What-Cha – Korea Dong Cheon Daejak 2013 Sparrow’s Tongue ‘Jakseol’ Green Tea


Tea and origin: Green tea from Dong Cheon, Hwagae Valley, Hadong, Korea
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Link to Korea Dong Cheon Daejak Sparrow’s Tongue ‘Jakseol’

I tried my first high-quality Korean green tea about three months ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I was extremely chuffed to receive a sample pack of Sparrow’s Tongue from What-Cha and spend a lot of time working with this tea to find its sweet spot. It is a real pleasure to drink, so please read on to see what is so great about this tea.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of dark green, twisted leaves. It has a moderate grassy aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a light green liquor that has a toasty, corny aroma.  The first infusion yields a liquor with corn-like flavour and grassy undertones. It has a medium body and a mild amount of astringency. The second infusion has a great combination of nutty and salty flavours. And the third infusion is dominated by grassy and salty notes

Infusion tips: I would suggest short infusions (30 seconds for first, then increase by 30 seconds for each subsequent infusion) with 70 to 75C water. Try infusing this tea three or four times. Have fun with the tea and play around with steeping time and water temperatures. I do think this tea is a bit fussy with water temperature, so I’d make sure the water temperature is below 80C

Comments: I loved working through the infusions with this tea, as each infusion offered a new experience. Ranging from corny to grassy to nutty to salty flavours, this tea sent this me into tea heaven. Green tea drinkers should definitely try this tea, or another one of What-Cha’s new Korean teas. You might find a new favourite!

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.51 / 50 gram for £5.50

About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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2 Responses to REVIEW: What-Cha – Korea Dong Cheon Daejak 2013 Sparrow’s Tongue ‘Jakseol’ Green Tea

  1. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    Wow you certainly have put a lot of time and effort into your reviex of all these teas I had no idea of the varieties and regions. Thanks for the education

    • teaxplorer says:

      Thank you for the kind comment.

      The world of tea is so vast, and I feel like I’m constantly learning, which makes it such an exciting topic.

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