Since Jeju Island Green is a TeaVana tea, I thought it only fitting that I brew it in my TeaVana Perfect T-maker. Ordinarily I would brew an astringent fine Green in thin glass, but hey, they were “designed” to go together, right?
Jeju Island is very interesting in that it’s not as sencha-like as I had expected. In aroma, Jeju Island feels more like a pan-fried Chinese Green than a sencha. Lower-particulate count gives Jeju Island less grit than a lot of Japanese Green teas I’ve brewed, but not necessarily an insignificant amount. Taste-wise, Jeju Island is actually quite flavorful. A hint of stalky green or orchid lingers a bit on the tongue. The liquor color is also quite nice, and Whiter than a lot of senchas I think. Also, the loose leaf itself is more of a broken leaf or a souchong, which isn’t necessarily problematic for a strong Green.
The most shocking thing about Jeju Island though is its introductory price. Eleven dollars for the 2 oz minimum is actually pretty surprising for TeaVana. I’m guessing their customers don’t generally gravitate to Korean teas.
- Aroma – 90
- Taste – 89
- Texture – 91
- Spunk – 87
- Price – 94
- Availability – 96
- Appearance – 92
Mean score – 91% Quite the winner I should say among TeaVana teas I’ve reviewed previously.