Single Origin Teas Vietnam Black OP1

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Country of Origin: Vietnam
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: bright reddish brown

Although Vietnam is the sixth highest producing country for tea, I had yet to try anything from this region until now. This particular tea is sourced from a farmers cooperative in Northern Vietnam. Although the leaves resembled a typical black tea that you might find in Assam or Kenya, the taste was a whole other story. It was earthy and complex with a bold astringency. Each sip was all at once nutty, chocolaty, spicy and almost mushroomy (is that a word?). I made a single cup but when it was finished found myself wishing that I had brewed a whole pot. Even though this tea leans on the strong side, I wouldn’t recommend adding milk or sugar to it. That being said, the product description suggests that this would make a good base for chai. I don’t disagree with that if you are preparing in the traditional stove top method. Single Origin Teas does a really great job of finding unique teas. You might remember that I very much enjoyed their Jun Chiyabari Second Flush Nepal. I’ve got one more tea from them waiting to be reviewed and I am really looking forward to it.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.