Morning Crane Tea Korean Hwangcha [Episode 214]

This episode, James and Denny bring on an old favorite from a years back, Morning Crane Tea’s Hwangcha (Yellow Tea). With very small buds, this is a complex, delicate, floral tea!

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6 Responses to Morning Crane Tea Korean Hwangcha [Episode 214]

  1. Nick says:

    You guys might consider trying some yellow tea from Mengding Mountain sometime. It’s really delicious, but from what it sounds like the Korean version of yellow tea is much different, especially if it gives off some black tea characteristics. Its amazing how different the same style of tea can be from different regions. Terroir and the large number of varietals is so complex/diverse.

  2. Korean yellow teas and Chinese yellow teas are alike in name only – hwangcha meaning yellow. The oxidation level is far different. I prefer the term balhyocha for Korean oxidized teas. In particular this balhyocha is a “ban” balhyocha meaning it was oxidized or fermented between 15% and 85% essentially similar to oolongs but using different processes. Balhyochas deserve their own category. Because Morning Crane Tea is a tea service and educational site rather than a for profit tea company we have annual tea buys not an online tea shop. By chance TeaBuy Korea 2017 is happening now but will end very soon. if interested look for those terms. Because I am educational, I have a blog post explaining balhyocha terms.
    http://teaatmorningcranetea.blogspot.com/2015/03/balhyocha-revisited-embracing-korean.html

  3. nishnek says:

    “Halmoni” in Korean means grandma, so it sounds like the bag is labeled as “Grandmother Tea”, :).

    • Halmonicha does mean Grandmother tea. The producer Jeong Jae Yeon is a grandmother and this is the name she gives her tea. In her late 60’s, she works primarily alone with just a little assistance picking her tea leaves. She learned how to make tea from her grandmother and this particular process has been handed down for generations.
      When she was growing up, the family made it just for the family and some friends for medicinal purposes as was the original custom for many teas.
      A passing monk discovered it and told the teaware potter Park Jong Il who told me. So I started offering it. I think it has become one of the most talked about Korean balhyochas out there and I have seen comparisons in German with another balhyocha made by an illustrious teamaster.
      If you want to try some search for me or her or us together on the web. Thanks for your interest.

    • James says:

      Whoops! I misspoke there. Thanks for the correction.

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