REVIEW: What-Cha – Vietnam ‘Wild Boar’ Black Tea


Tea and origin: Black tea from Nui Giang, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to ‘Wild Boar’

This tea is picked from wild trees that are between 200 and 800 years old. The tea has been named ‘Wild Boar’ because of the boars that roam the area.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of broken and large leaves. Some of the larger leaves have golden tips. The dry leaf has a light crisp aroma

Infused tea: When using five grams of tea per 250ml of water, the tea cups out a dark orange-brown liquor that has a malty aroma. The tea is medium-bodied, with a moderate amount of astringency, and a malty flavour. When using three grams of tea per 250ml of water, the tea cups out an orange liquor that has a sweet, chocolatey aroma. It is still medium-bodied, but the astringency is tamer, and the flavour is less malty and a little sweeter (a bit jammy or berry-like). The astringency of the liquor leaves a dry mouthfeel

Infusion tips: Try making this tea with three to five grams of tea per 250ml water at 90 to 95C. Infuse two to four minutes. Try getting two infusions out of this tea

Comments: Infused longer with more tea, this tea reminds me of strong long leaf Assam. It is malty and has a good hint of astringency. Infused shorter with less tea, this tea is like a Ceylon. The flavour is bright and refreshing, but still has some astringency. I personally like infusing this tea longer and putting a little milk in it. The milk pulls out some sweetness and rounds out the malty notes

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.24 / 50 gram for £4.50 / 100 grams for £8.28


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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