KOREAN TEA MASTERCLASS
4 x 2 hour live webinars, taught by Korean Tea expert Sujin Lee.
This course contributes one credit toward the Level Three Tea Diploma but is open to all, regardless of previous experience or study with the UK Tea Academy. For more details about the Tea Diploma qualification, please see this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(+£30 international postage)
The course includes delivery of £100 worth of carefully selected fine Korean teas that you will brew along with the tutor.
Counts as one credit towards your Level 3 Tea Diploma.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This webinar course is ideal for students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Korean tea history, types of teas made in Korea, different tea terroirs, tea culture, and current tea trends in South Korea.
This course contributes one credit toward the Level Three Tea Diploma qualification but is open to all, regardless of previous experience or study with the UK Tea Academy. For more details about the Tea Diploma qualification, please see this page or email email@example.com
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
In this masterclass, we will trace the history of the South Korean tea industry from its beginnings in the 6th Century AD, through suppression of tea by Confucionism in the 14th century AD, the revival of Korean tea culture in the 19th century, and the growing interest in tea today.
The four main regions will be explored, with details of their history and cultivation today. And we will be discussing and tasting a selection of green teas and their seasons, ‘hwang-cha’ (a semi-oxidised tea), black teas, and Korean dark tea.
We will also explore the South Korean ‘tea ceremony’ with an explanation of the Korean approach to tea brewing, the utensils used, the brewing method itself, and the current movement that aims to encourage more people to revive the traditional ritualistic brewing ceremony and extend the growing love of tea throughout the country.
Over £100 worth of carefully selected teas are included in your course price and will be mailed to you before the course begins.
The course will be delivered in 4 webinars as follows:
- Webinar 1: History of Korean tea
- Webinar 2: Korean tea types and terroirs (Hadong)
- Webinar 3: Terroirs (Boseong, Jeju & other regions)
- Webinar 4: Korean tea rituals, Korean herbal teas & current trends
WHAT WILL I NEED?
1. Computer/phone to access the webinars on Zoom
2. Basic brewing equipment (Kettle and infuser to brew loose tea samples that will be sent to participants). We will confirm in writing the list of equipment needed, once booking has been made.
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Sujin Lee is a certified tea sommelier and founder of Tea Repertoire, an award-winning, independent tea company based in the U.K. and Switzerland. Growing up next to Hadong and Jiri Mountain, the oldest tea plantation in South Korea, she discovered her passion for tea during her childhood. Her favourite tea changes seasonally, but she’s a big fan of gentle, delicate and umami green teas from Korea and Japan. She also practices Seonchado, a traditional Korean tea ceremony related to Buddhist meditation tradition.
If you wish to continue studying for your Tea Diploma, you will need to take further courses at this level and you must have already completed both Level One and Level Two before the final qualification can be awarded.