REVIEW: What-Cha – Vietnam ‘Fish Hook’ Green Tea


Tea and origin: Green tea from Tan Cuong, Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
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Link to ‘Fish Hook’

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.

Tasting notes

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


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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