Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: The Tao of Tea
For the purist, unscented green tea from the mountains of Thai Nguyen is considered the best choice for savoring the intricacies of Vietnamese tea. The soil and climate of this region are ideal for producing a flavorful, aromatic brew.
Vert du Vietnam green tea has been carefully crafted using a particular combination of pan-firing, rolling and oven roasting to maintain a rich, jade-green color and a distinctive, slender, beautifully twisted leaf.
A golden, buttery infusion with a pleasant, bitter-sweet aftertaste. Very fragrant with aromas of toasted grain, fennel and passionfruit.
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I could be wrong, but I cannot recall ever trying a tea from Vietnam. And I must say that I have really been missing out, because this tea is delightful.
It has an amazing contrast of flavors. I can taste a fruity sweetness as well as a toasted sweetness to this tea, which is contrasted by a savory bitterness that hits at mid-sip, as well as a sour note that arrives just shortly after the bitter taste. The fruity tones are in the foreground of the sip, while a sharp, licorice-like taste in the background.
And the contrasts are not restricted to the flavor alone, but also to the texture and aroma. The tea has a silky smooth mouthfeel that then becomes somewhat dry from the astringency. The aroma possesses sweet fruit and nut notes with a contrasting brisk undertone of vegetation.
The more I sip on this tea, the more I like it. This one is a hidden gem in The Tao of Tea’s collection!