Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tea Review: Vert du Vietnam (Tao of Tea)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 22

Vert du Vietnam
Tao of Tea
Type:  Green
Origin:  Vietnam, Thai Nguyen
Product Description:  Tea has been growing in northern Vietnam for over 2000 years. The hilly terrain and ideal tea-growing climate are home to some of the oldest varietals in existence. Teas made from these plants have a character all their own. They are as distinctive and elegant as Vietnamese culture itself.

Thai Nguyen 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.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of sweet oats, fragrant wood, and a hint of brown sugar.

The golden infusion has a lightly salty broth-like aroma with notes of dried grass.  The taste is woody and green with mild astringency and a long green finish.

This is a tea that I will enjoy tasting several more times while trying out different temperatures and steeping times to discover the changes in flavor and aroma.  Two steepings provided equally flavorful results.

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