TEA REVIEWS: Three green teas available at TeaFromVietnam

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Website: TeaFromVietnam
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Company location: Thai Nguyen, Vietnam

TeaFromVietnam is a family-owned business in Thai Nguyen. The Vu family started growing tea in Thai Nguyen after World War I, and it is one of the first families to start tea production in the area. Selling tea on a world-wide scale started after the the eldest sibling in the Vu family wanted to gain more recognition for Vietnamese tea. He was an avid tea drinker and believed that Vietnamese tea – with proper cultivation and production – could rival teas from other well-known tea-growing areas around the world.

TeaFromVietnam sells a selection of green, black and oolong teas. It ships world-wide and offers free shipping on orders over $30USD. Today I am reviewing three green teas, and in the coming weeks I will review some oolongs and a black tea it sells.

Dragoncloud

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Harvested in March 2015 in La Bang, Thai Nguyen, Dragoncloud cups out a pale green liquor with a sweet and grassy aroma. The dry leaves have a floral and sweet aroma, whilst the wet leaves are sweet and grassy. Dragoncloud has lots of body and moderate astringency. The flavours in the liquor are grassy, sweet, nutty and salty (a nice kick of umami). It has a slightly dry finish and a lingering sweet and nutty aftertaste.

Drinkers of  Long Jing, Gyokuro and Korean green teas should give this a try, as it has many characteristics of these teas.

Water temperature: 80C / 175F
Water quantity: 180ml / 6.1oz (USA)
Tea quantity: 3g / .11oz
Infusion times: 30s, 45s, 1m
Infusions possible: 3 to 5
Teaware used: Glass teapot

Retail price: 50 grams for $6.90USD / 100 grams for $12.90USD / 200 grams for $23.90USD

 

Ta Xua Mountain Mist

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Ta Xua Mountain Mist was harvested in March 2015 on Ta Xua Mountain, Son La. The tea is harvested from hundred-year-old trees that grow over 1,000 metres. Ta Xua Mountain Mist cups out a light golden liquor that has a woody and smoky aroma. The dry leaf has a sweet aroma, and the wet leaf has fruity sweet (berry-like) and florally notes. It is a medium-bodied tea with a mild astringency and feels clean on the palate. The flavour of the liquor has woody, vegetal (hay), floral and honey notes. It has a slightly dry finish and a vegetal aftertaste that lingers on the palate.

Drinkers of Chun Mee, gunpowder green or raw puerh should try this tea.

Water temperature: 80C / 175F
Water quantity: 180ml / 6.1oz (USA)
Tea quantity: 3g / .11oz
Infusion times: 1m, 1m 30s, 2m, 2m 30s
Infusions possible: 3 to 4
Teaware used: Glass teapot

Retail price: 50 grams for $6.90USD

 

Fish Hook

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Harvested in March 2015 in Tan Cuong, Thai Nguyen, Fish Hook gets it name because the dry leaf looks like fish hooks. It is one of the most well-known Vietnamese teas. Fish Hook cups out a light green liquor with a vegetal aroma. The dry leaf has a sweet, grassy aroma, whilst the wet leaf has seaweed and salty notes. It is a medium-bodied tea, but it is on the lighter side of medium. The tea has mild astringency, is refreshing and has a slightly thick mouthfeel. It has vegetal, grassy and salty flavours. Fish Hooks has a dry finish and a lingering grassy aftertaste.

Drinkers of Japanese Sencha and Gyokuro should give this tea a try.

Water temperature: 80C / 175F
Water quantity: 180ml / 6.1oz (USA)
Tea quantity: 3g / .11oz
Infusion times: 30s, 1m, 1m 30s, 2m
Infusions possible: 3 to 4
Teaware used: Glass teapot

Retail price: 50 grams for $6.90USD / 100 grams for $12.90USD / 200 grams for $23.90USD

 

Conclusions

It was a pleasure to try these three green teas from Vietnam. They are all extremely fresh, aromatic, packed with flavour and high quality – and I’d say that they rival green teas from places such as China, Japan and Korea.

Of the teas, Dragoncloud and Fish Hook were my personal favourites. I love the grassy, sweet, nutty and salty/umami in these two teas. Dragoncloud is a bolder tea, and its nuttiness distinguishes it from Fish Hook. Ta Xua Mountain Mist is also a very good tea, and I think its vegetal and sweet notes would appeal to many Chinese green tea and raw puerh drinkers.

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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 teaxplorer@gmail.com 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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