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Updated: Mar. 17, 2014 

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About Vietnam | Styles of Tea Produced in Vietnam | Best (Top-Rated) Vietnamese Teas

About Vietnam

A worker with a hat standing in a field of tea plants planted in rowsA tea plantation in Moc Chau District, Son La Province, Vietnam. Photo by ePi.Longo, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
Vietnam is the world's 7th largest producer of tea, after Indonesia, producing a quantity roughly comparable to the amount made by Japan. Vietnam is bordered by China's Yunnan province to the northwest, and Guangxi province to the northeast, both important tea producing regions.

The climate in Vietnam ranges from subtropical in the north, with wet summers and dry winters, like most of Southeast Asia, to a fully tropical climate in the south, but still with the same seasonal precipitation pattern.

Ancient tea trees, with gnarly branchesAncient tea trees in Suối Giàng, Vietnam; public domain photo by Viethavvh.
Vietnam produces a number of high-quality teas that are well-known within Asia but virtually unknown in the rest of the world. Vietnam produces black, green, white, and oolong teas, but is better known for green teas.

The black tea from Vietnam has a reputation as being lower-quality, and is mostly produced in large monocultures and exported, but this generalization is not universally true, as there are artisan black teas from this region as well. Most of the tea that is consumed in Vietnam is green tea.[1]

The region of Suối Giàng in Yen Bai province in northern Vietnam is home to an ancient tea forest like in much of the nearby Yunnan province of China, with over 85,000 trees, many of which are hundreds of years old. The trees are fertilized with local manure, and the teas are produced by traditional methods, and taste similar to raw (sheng) Pu-erh teas.[2]

Vietnam is the region of origin of some styles of tea, such as lotus tea, scented with lotus blossoms, and some varieties of white tea. It also produces styles of tea that originated in other regions, such as sencha.

References:

1. Tea in Vietnam, Euromonitor International Ltd, June 26, 2012.

2. Barbara Dufrene, Vietnam's Ancient Tea Forest, World Tea News, February 22, 2012.

Styles of Tea Produced in Vietnam

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Vietnam.

Best Vietnamese Teas

The notion of the "best" Vietnamese teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Vietnam, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Vietnam Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
77
3 Ratings
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Vietnam Black Tea

Brand:Simpson & Vail
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
74
3 Ratings
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Vietnamese Black OP

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of Lotus

Lotus

Brand:The Persimmon Tree
Style:Flavored Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Lotus Ancien

Brand:The Tao of Tea
Style:Flavored Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

Top-Rated Vietnamese Teas

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Vietnam Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
77
3 Ratings
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Vietnam Black Tea

Brand:Simpson & Vail
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
74
3 Ratings

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