VietnamWikipedia: Vietnam | Official Government Website: www.vietnam.gov.vn
Updated: Mar. 17, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.