Found! Fine Korean Green Tea with Extraordinary Service
Years ago I tasted some Korean green tea...it was a cup of tea that I was unable to duplicate, until now!
Over the years I searched and purchased many look-alikes, but nothing came close to my memories of that first cup of Korean green tea.
Recently, I found GoodGreenTea.net and my search is now over. I have ordered many of their teas, and all of them have been very fine. What I like most is that I have found some very gentle teas to sip every day! I also like that they offer sample packets.
Although I do not generally like my teas very roasty, I really like Good Green Tea's Ssangkye Roasting Sejak: http://www.goodgreentea.net/goodgreentea/xe/xe/?mid=pt_gt
Good Green Tea's Woojeon and Jungno are also good choices. The Woojeon Gamro is a steamed tea, so it is easy on the stomach, but it is also lightly roasted for added warmth on the palate.
The Jukro Green Tea - Sejak is also a very fine tea.
Their customer service is extremely helpful and friendly. Sam will guide you through your order and offer detailed information about your teas.
In the past many years I have contacted Franchia in New York several times in an attempt to purchase their Korean green tea. Each time I was told that they will sell me a minimum of 3 oz. for approximately $100. This was for their first-pick wild green tea. Without sampling their tea, I was not willing to commit to such a purchase. If they have changed their policy and if you know that a sample of their tea can be purchased, please let me know.
Last year I ordered from Shan Shui: Tukpoom Goryeo 2010 (green), Woojeon Goryeo 2010 (green), and Tukseon Cheongcha Goryeo (a very green oolong). Brian Wright, the importer, was very helpful and offered guidance in my order. I was extremely pleased with Shan Shui, although I found their teas to be a little bland for my tastes.
I might order from Shan Shui again, but I prefer everything about GoodGreenTea.net
I have ordered many of the Korean green tea offerings from GoodGreenTea.net. I particularly like the Ssangkye Roasting Sejak.
Although I have not ordered many of the wares, last year I did order the Essential Bamboo Set and the Bamboo Tea Strainer...both of which I like a lot!
I have ordered the Korean Jukro Green Sejak, the Ssangkye Jungno, the Ujeon Gamro Green, the Gamnong Green and a few others which I can not remember now. Hankook and Ssangkye are two big Korean tea names. Hankook teas are steamed and easier on the stomach...if that might be of concern to you. Ssangkye teas are pan-fried. This means that they impart a lovely and warm aroma and flavor, but they can be a little harsh on the stomach if you consume large quantities of these teas.
My best advice is to contact Sam at http://www.goodgreentea.net/goodgreen...
He is very kind and extremely knowledgeable about Korean teas. Let him know your preferences and he will guide you.