Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teavana's Jeju Island Green Tea

I am crazy for green tea. Just plain, no flowers, no spices. Any kind of green will do but shincha is my favorite. A cup of green tea is perfect in both warm and cold weather. I drink it every day, many times a day, year round, so I need a great tasting everyday green tea that is affordable and delicious. My search is never ending. This week I want to talk about my latest obsession: Teavana's Jeju Island Green Tea.

Teavana describes the tea as follows:

"Cultivated in the southernmost tip of Korea on Jeju Island, this pure and clean gem is as bright and lush as the island's beautiful countryside. The green tea leaves are gently twisted into a crescent shape, making this a special cup to enliven your senses as it stirs your soul." 

The leaves are tiny and twisty and a jungle green grey color. Once brewed, the tea leaves produce the most brilliant yellow green I have ever seen. There is a very slight "chestnut" aftertaste but it is only noticeable when I use more leaves than is recommended. The tea is vibrant and definitely transports me into lush grassy fields. It tastes refreshing cold and wonderful warm. Even when steeped for a long period of time, there is very little bitterness in the tea. At $10.98 for 2 oz, I would say the price is a bit "steep" (harhar) for an everyday tea but it is well worth it! It is the second Korean tea I have tried (the first being Korean Sejak from David's Tea) and of the two, Jeju Island Green is the clear winner for me. Have you tried Jeju Island Green or any other teas from Korea?

Happy sips!

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