REVIEW: What-Cha – Vietnam Wild ‘Tiger Monkey’ Green Tea


Tea and origin: Green tea from Lung Phin, Ha Giang Province, Vietnam
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Link to ‘Tiger Monkey’

Today I’m reviewing a wild growing green tea from Vietnam. The tea is dried by using a wood fired cast iron pan, not a drum oven. The appearance and aroma of the dry leaf instantly sparked my interest because it looks and smells so different from the ‘Fish Hook’ Vietnamese tea I reviewed last week. Read on to see why it is a unique green tea.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of slightly twisted medium-sized leaves. It has a sweet, hay-like aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a fairly dark golden liquor. Both the wet leaves and the liquor have a sweet (apricot-like) and earthy (hay-like) aroma. The body of the tea is sweet, and it has a hay-like finish. It is a medium-bodied tea with a mild hint of astringency

Infusion tips: I used four grams of tea with 150ml water at 80C. For the first infusion, I steeped the tea two minutes, two and half minutes for the second and two minutes and forty-five second for the third. You will get three to four infusions

Comments: From the aroma of the dry leaf, I thought this tea was going to taste like a Chun Mee. I was completely wrong. This is a very interesting green tea that reminds me of a raw puerh. Its sweet, hay-like flavours and dry finish are classic raw puerh characteristics. I love the complexity in this tea, and I think the flavour is at its best in the second and third infusions.

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.38 / 50 gram for £5.00 / 100 grams for £9.30


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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