Vietnam Ha Giang Black - Organic

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Brand:Simpson & Vail
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Ha Giang
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Vietnam Ha Giang Black

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 22, 2018

Commercial Description

The black, slightly tippy, leaves of this Vietnam black tea brew up to an amber cup with a mild astringency and a smooth, slightly earthy taste. A delightful afternoon cup!

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic85 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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A very pleasant tea that was easy to steep and easy to appreciate. Like a good Yunnan tea but a little smoother.

Thank you to Simpson & Vail for the sample!

Dry leaf smells really beautiful and kind of fascinating: malty but with strong vegetal notes. It looks and smells a lot like a Yunnan tea, which makes sense given its origins in North Vietnam near the border with Yunnan.

The brewed cup is rich and dark, with an aroma a little like cocoa or chocolate, malty and slightly spicy, resembling caraway. A little like a Yunnan red or Dian hong (black tea), and also a little like Keemun. As I drink more of the cup, fruity notes emerge. Fairly soft mouthfeel, rich, thick, but gentle. Flavor mild, and slightly sweet. A soothing and mellow tea.

Tastes good with a 3 minute initial steep, but I preferred brewing a little stronger, either 5 minutes or using more than a teaspoon of leaf per cup. Resteeps well. Seems only moderately caffeinated. Very warming, hearty. I think this would be a good tea for a winter afternoon. Very good price. I highly recommend this one, especially to people who like Yunnan teas and who enjoy softer, darker black teas with those chocolately notes.
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