Oct 6, 2009

Cheonji Dew Tea, reviewed

Cheonji Dew Tea

It’s been too long since I reviewed a tea, but since I’ve been traveling to Seoul, South Korea this week, I’ve had a chance to try a few new ones. This one is Cheonji Dew Tea, which I bought from a shop in Insadong, although I did see it at several other stores. The name of the tea itself, according to the woman at the shop, was Iseul Cha, or Dew Green Tea. The tea is a green tea that comes from one particular mountain area. The tea doesn’t look like leaves. It actually resembles small, soft branches or sheets of bark, each piece of which can be used for several pots.

The “ah-ha!” moment here comes when you first taste the tea. It is very, very sweet – almost like someone has stirred a lot of honey into your tea without changing the consistency of it at all. And all that sweetness is completely natural! It is absolutely delicious and the tea is also caffeine free.

The woman at the shop told me that it’s very popular with children, especially children who don’t normally care much for plain tea.


  • [...] oddly sweet and sour.  I did a google search on it and found that some else had blogged about it here. The cannister they show is even the same!  Feel free to have a cup if you stop by our house, [...]

  • I too fell in love with this tea that i bought in Insadong. i have none left and would like to get some more. is it possible to get it in the UK or on line? i have been looking for it for ages without success.

  • 100% Agree. This is a most delicate and intersting tea for its sweetness. It is the very best in the small Korean tea party pot and cup. If you put in one teaspoon, you and pour in only enough water for each round, you will find this tea increases the sweetness. It will be your glimpse of tea party heaven.

    Try like so for 2 people: 1) Boil water into the pouring bowl, or keep a thermos near by. 2) Put on 1/2 or 1 teaspoon of tea in the pot. 3) Enjoy the fragrace of the leaves as the water boils. 4) Pour in just enough water for 2 cups. Maybe 100m. 5) Wait just 30 sec. 6) fill the cups. 7) Enjoy the brewing fragrance with some conversation. 8) drink.

    Now repeat pouring in the boiliing water. But wait about 30 sec more each time. After 4 or five rounds you will be so relaxed and comforted that you will want to have this tea in your home forever.

    Let us make a pact: Any time any poster who loves this tea visits Korea, we should return with one cannister for all friends of dew tea!

  • Hello,

    I am looking for this tea and it seems impossible to find it on the internet !!
    Does somebody know where I can find it ? Online or even the name a korean shop will be good !

    Thank you :)

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