This tea comes from wild growing trees in Ha Giang province that are between 200 and 800 years old. Ha Giang province shares a border with Yunnan province, China. ‘Dark Forest’ is made by using similar techniques to a cooked puerh, with the exception that the leaves are left to ferment over years, not fully dried.
‘Dark Forest’ is just one of eight Vietnamese teas that What-Cha just stocked. You can buy each tea individually or you can try a taster pack. What-Cha has sourced this tea through Geoff Hopkins of Hatvala. Geoff is an expert on Vietnamese teas and is constantly travelling around the around the country looking to source the best teas.
Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of broken leaves that have a cedar wood aroma
Infused tea: Like the dry leaf, the aroma and flavour of the liquor is dominated by woody notes. The body of the tea has wet wood and cedar wood notes, and some spicy undertones. As you work your way through the infusions, the tea maintains the same flavour profile and the colour of the liquor stays light brown with a red tinge. It is a full-bodied tea, although it has very little astringency. The aftertaste of the liqour is a long-lasting woody flavour
Infusion tips: Before drinking the first infusion, give the tea a quick wash. I prefer to prepare dark teas/puerh teas gong fu style. I used three grams of tea with 150ml at 100C water and infused the tea for 30 seconds, 45 seconds, one minutes and one and half minutes. You will get numerous infusions out of this tea using gong fu style. You can prepare it western style by using a teapot and infusing the leaves for two to three minutes. Try getting two infusions using western style preparation
Comments: I think this is a very good everyday dark tea. It offers loads of flavour, and you can infuse it numerous times. This tea does not offer the complexity and sweetness that you might find in some cooked puerh teas (especially more aged ones), but cooked puerh fans might want to give this tea a try to see how it stacks up to their favourite everyday shou
Retail price: 10 grams for £1.65 / 50 gram for £6.00 / 100 grams for £11.04