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South Korea

Wikipedia: South_Korea | Official Government Website: www.korea.net 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2017 

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About South Korea | Tea-Producing Regions of South Korea | Styles of Tea Produced in South Korea | Best (Top-Rated) Korean Teas

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About South Korea

Clickable map of South Korea; regions producing tea are highlighted in green. © RateTea.
South Korea, officially called the Republic of Korea (대한민국­ in Korean), is a country on a penninsula in southeast Asia; it is bordered by North Korea to the north, and is situated between China and Japan.

South Korea has a humid climate, moderated by the ocean. The northern and inland parts of the country have a humid continental climate, harshest the farthest north and farthest inland. The southernmost parts of the country, particularly along the coasts, have a subtropical climate; these milder regions are suitable for growing tea. The precipitation pattern in South Korea follows the strongly seasonal pattern of the Asian monsoon, with very wet summers and drier winters.

Korea produces mostly green tea; the style of Korean teas is distinct, and Korean teas are neither well-known nor widely available in most western countries. Korean green teas are classified in different types and grades, including Daejak, a lower grade, Jungjak, a middle grade, and Sejak, a higher grade. Dong cheon, even more uncommon in the West, is a Korean black tea.

Korea also has a rich tradition of herbal teas. Barley tea is widely consumed in Korea, where it is called bori cha (보리차).

Tea-growing regions of Korea

Tea Fields in Boseong, Jeollanam-do, South Korea, © stiickler (Flickr), CC BY 2.0.
Tea is grown in at least four distinct areas within Korea. Jeju island, just south of the westernmost end of the Korean peninsula, and Hadong county, home to Mt. Jiri, are two of the best-known regions.
There are also two distinct regions of South Jeolla, Boseong county, along the coast, and Jangseong county, inland, which also grow tea.

Tea-Producing Regions of South Korea

Styles of Tea Produced in South Korea

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in South Korea.

Best Korean Teas

The notion of the "best" Korean teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in South Korea, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Ha Dong Bohea Green Tea

Brand:Republic of Tea
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Korean Sejak

Brand:DAVIDsTEA
Style:Sejak
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Korea Sejak Green Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Sejak
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Jeju Island

Brand:Teavana
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Korea Woojeon Green Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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