Today I’m reviewing ‘Fish Hook’, one of three Vietnamese green teas that What-Cha recently started stocking. The description of the tea instantly grabbed my attention, as I’m fond of grassy teas, so let’s get to tasting.
Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full, curly leaves that have a sweet, grassy aroma and corny undertones. When the dry leaf hits warm crockery, the corn notes really come out
Infused tea: The tea cups out a very light green liquor that has a corny aroma. Despite the light-coloured liquor, the tea is packed with flavour. It has grassy and corny flavours. I notice more corny flavours in the first infusion, but grassy flavours in the second and third. The astringency of the tea is moderate to high, although it doesn’t leave a dry mouthfeel
Infusion tips: With this tea, getting the water temperature right is crucial. Use 75C water. The tea already has a moderate amount of astringency when made properly, and if you burn it with extremely hot water the liquor will be very bitter. I used three grams of tea with 150ml of water and infused the tea for one minute (infusion one), one and half minutes (infusion two) and one minute forty-five seconds (third infusion)
Comments: This tea is extremely fussy with water temperature, but all the fuss is work it. I love its flavour and aroma – this is my kind of tea. The tea has some characteristics that I associate with Japanese and Korean green teas (especially the grassy and vegetal notes), and if you like those flavours in your tea, I would highly recommend you give ‘Fish Hook’ a try
Retail price: 10 grams for £1.38 / 50 gram for £5.00 / 100 grams for £9.25