Breathe in deep and imagine you've just walked into the Turkish Bazaar in Istanbul. Smoky smells from a hookah, dried fruits and delicate spices. Shades of amber and burnished gold gets deeper the longer the leaves steep. Almonds and earth, sweet nuttiness in the mouth leading to charred, pinching tannins, like glowing embers from a fire that refuses to go out. Refreshing and comforting. (Daniel Honan @thewineidealist)
Leaf: rolled, clipped with tips
Liquor: red, autumnal
Aromatics: rich, woodsy, subtle fruits and sweet spice
Palate: rich full mouth feel, malted, liquorice, cloves.
The Wild Tree Black tea comes from wild growing broad leaf tea trees and picked by hill tribe people on the high mountain slopes in Suoi Giang in Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. It grows at 1400 metres above sea level.
Suoi Giang is a mountainous area in Yen Bai province, in the north west of Vietnam. It is part of the ‘golden triangle’ that tea historians and anthropologists consider to be the birthplace of tea – an area which starts from Yunnan in China, and stretches across the borders of Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Suoi Giang is covered with ancient tea forest and contains over 85,000 trees that are centuries old. For more information about the area, read our info post The Ancient Wild Teas of Vietnam.
Not only is this a wonderful black tea, but it is interesting in that has flavour characteristics that straddle both Indian (malty) and Chinese (fruity) black teas. For this reason it can be enjoyed equally by itself or with milk.
Origin: Suoi Giang,Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Produced organically from wild tea trees.
Quantity: 4g/200ml water (1tsp per cup)
Steeping time: 2 - 3 minutes
Water temperature: 100C
All the Vietnamese teas in our range comply with the EU standards for chemical residues, which are the strictest in the World.