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    Sense Asia All of Vietnam in One Box

    It’s usually my policy to never write about something here without trying it myself first. In this case I’m making an exception because this is a truly extraordinary collection of teas. Sense Asia has put together 32 different teas, all from Vietnam. I was immediately struck by their unique approach. Included with the collection is a book containing profiles of Vietnamese people from all walks of life. From poor farmers to wealthy business people, you really get a sense for the country and its citizens. The packing was incredibly beautiful and well thought out. Each tea had its own little cube that lists steeping information and features the face of Vietnamese people that…


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    Single Origin Teas Vietnam Black OP1

    Photo: Single Origin Teas 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…