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Sejak (Tea Master Kim Jong Yeol) from Dao Tea


  • Type Of leaves: Green Tea
  • Name Of Tea: Sejak (Tea Master Kim Jong Yeol)
  • Available From: Dao Tea

Sejak from Dao TeaWOW.  Color me impressed! Not only by this tea (which is an incredible tea), but also by this company.  Dao Tea is probably the most unique tea company I’ve seen.  Each of the teas they offer are HANDCRAFTED by a single person.

This particular green tea, called Sejak, was made in the Hwagae Village, in the province of Gyeongsangnam, South Korea.  The artisan who creates this delicious tea is Tea Master Kim Jong Yeol.

From the back of the tea package:

Kim Jong YeolTea Master Kim Jong Yeol (photo to right) exchanged urban chaos and a corporate job for a farmer’s life in a stunning mountain village.  He honours the ancient tea tradition by harvesting the leaves from ancient bushes, hand-making sublime tea, and sharing a cup with those who knock on his door.

I was immediately impressed with this tea when I opened the package. The dried leaves look curled, like eyelashes, and are a very dark jade green color, with an insanely ambrosial fragrance that has notes of nuts, flowers and a vegetal undertone that will seduce your senses.

The flavor is DELICIOUS! I could not believe how smooth and soft this blend was. With the way the dried leaves looked, I was prepared for it to taste more like what is termed “Eyebrow Tea” or Chun Mee, which has a bitter flavor. This is not at all like Chun Mee, there is NO bitterness at all, just a silky-smooth green tea flavor that has tones of hazelnut  behind a more jasmine-like overtone. It’s incredibly hard to describe the flavor of this tea because it has so many wonderful, delicious layers to the overall flavor. It leaves your palate sighing in pleasure and wanting more!

Dao Tea describes this tea as:

Dao Tea is an online artisan tea shop based in Richmond, BC, Canada. We offer a selection of sublime tea, handcrafted in the mountains of Asia by farmers and master artisans that we personally know.

The Experience
Anthony of Taize, in The Korean Way of Tea, said “The taste of the first cup of tea, made with water that is far below boiling point, on a palate freshly awakened, is so intense, so unexpectedly rich and varied, so indescribably fragrant, that, from that day on, the only question can be ‘when shall I be able to go back and drink that tea again?’”. Having tried this tea, we know what he meant.

Well Being
The meandering Seomjingang River and the breeze from the South Sea nurture the mountainous soils of Mount Jiri. For centuries, Korean monks have sought green tea from this pristine land to clear the mind, soothe the senses… and perhaps provide a window to enlightenment.

Tips for a multi-sensorial tea experience

Pre-warm a 250ml tea-pot and cups with hot water; empty the pot. Place 2g to 3g of tea in the pot. Gently pour on water, which is between 65°C and 70°C, and allow 90 seconds to brew. Serve the tea, using a strainer if needed, in the pre-heated cups, pouring up to the last drop. One more infusion can be made adding plum blossoms, yielding an amazing floral bouquet over fresh notes of green tea.

This is my favorite green tea of 2009, a beautiful bouquet which balances vegetal, toasty and floral notes that was actually handcrafted with care.  This is my first review of Dao Tea and their unique artisan teas, and from this one taste, I know I’m really excited to get to taste more teas from this company.  A perfect 5-star brew!

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5 Comments Join the Discussion

  1. Comment by November 24, 2009 @ 10:46 pm
    redkathy said:

    WOW I had no idea how may teas there are. I guess I’ve led a sheltered tea life. This sounds really good; hazelnut is a favorite flavor of mine. This is some great info for sure. My hubby drinks at least a half gallon a day himself. I like green tea, iced and sweet. I’ll be checking back for more tea info.

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  2. Comment by November 25, 2009 @ 10:15 am
    TeaSupplies said:

    I’ll have to look into Dao tea for sure. Again, no idea there were so many types! I like bog standard english breakfast tea, big fan of green tea, Ceylon and nettle too. Find camomile the best for pre bedtime, helps me sleep nicely :)

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  3. Comment by November 25, 2009 @ 1:49 pm
    Dao Tea said:

    Thanks!!! Mr. Kim Jong Yeol will be delighted to hear about this review. This year marked the first time he ever exported tea from his hometown in Hwagae and the birth of his first son. The fact that people in Canada and the USA love his tea is yet another reason to rejoice.

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    Greta Cornejo Reply:

    Dao Tea also has a Wild Chrysanthemum tea that is a complete delight to the senses, including visually because the flowers are big, white with hints of pink and very fragants. This tea is as relaxing as chamomile tea. I love to share it with my 3 kids (all of them 5 y.o and below) and decorating every tea cup with a single flower.

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  4. Comment by November 25, 2009 @ 9:44 pm
    carmen333 said:

    Besides enyoing all day long this magnificent tea and feeling so well, I also love the taste of vanilla ice cream topped with the delicate flavor of the tender leaves of this green tea.
    Thanks Dao Tea.
    Congratulations!!!!

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