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.
You can find this tea here.
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!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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