TEA REVIEW: TeaFromVietnam – Red Lily Black Tea

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Website: TeaFomVietnam
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Company location: Thai Nguyen, Vietnam

Red Lily is the black tea version of Golden Lily, one of four oolongs that started being developed in Taiwan in the 1950s. Golden Lily proved so popular as an oolong that green and black tea were later produced.

Read on to find out more about TeaFromVietnam’s Red Lily.

Red Lily
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Harvested at 1,000 metres in February 2015 in Lam Ha, Lam Dong, Vietnam, Red Lily is 100% oxidised and has a medium oven bake.

Red Lily dry leaf consists of tightly rolled leaves that have a caramel/honey-like sweetness. The tea cups out a light copper-coloured liquor that has a strong caramel and honey aroma, with some smoky undertones. The wet leaves have sweet and floral notes, whilst the liquor has an intense aroma that is both sweet and smoky. The tea has layers of sweet, malty and smoky flavours. It has almost no astringency, and the sweet and smoky notes linger to provide a long-lasting aftertaste.

I was very keen to try this tea, and I was not disappointed. While I love Taiwanese oolongs, I am picky about black teas from Taiwan. Some are too sweet for me, and I find the aftertaste of many are unpleasant. Red Lily is sweet, but the smoky notes give the liquor good balance. The aftertaste of Red Lily is also balanced between sweet and smoky notes, and it lingers pleasantly on the palate. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the intense aroma of Red Lily adds tremendously to the drinking experience. The sweet aroma can fill an entire room.

If you like Taiwanese black teas or some sweeter and maltier Chinese black teas, you must give this black Vietnamese tea a try!

Water temperature: 90 to 95C / 194 to 203F
Water quantity: 180ml / 6.1oz (USA)
Tea quantity: 3g / .11oz
Infusion times: 3m, 3m 30s, 4m
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

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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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