Vietnam Yen Bai OP Organic - Organic

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Style:Black Tea
Product page:Vietnam Yen Bai OP Organic

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 26, 2013

Commercial Description

Assam lovers stand amazed. Teas of surprising quality are emerging from Northern Vietnam. Wild tea trees growing in remote areas are plucked and expertly processed in tiny villages - the finished product glows coppery in the cup, throwing notes of cocoa and sweet spice against a stout background.

Brewing Instructions: (from TeaGschwendner)

One heaping teaspoon per 8oz cup of filtered, boiling water. Allow to brew 4 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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Purchased in the TeaGschwender shop in Regensburg, Germany.

Dry leaf is not very aromatic; it faintly suggests cocoa.

Brews up a very typical cup. I used TeaGschwendner's recommendation of 4 minutes, but used less leaf than they recommend, and this produced results that I liked. I was able to make a second steep too.

This is one of those teas that I think is a prototypical example of black tea, a good one, but nothing outstanding. Reminds me a lot of Ceylon tea, a little of Assam.

Aroma has some nuances of bitter chocolate, dried fruit, malt, and a hint of roastiness.

Flavor is lightly bitter, with a separate light bitterness in the aftertaste. Also, faintly sweet. Moderate astringency, less than I'd expect relative to the dark color and full body of this tea.

Very pleasant. Not the most aromatically complex, but the flavor is really balanced and makes for beautiful drinking. Oddly, I find the malty notes come out more as the tea cools, and I loved that.

I checked the price and was surprised to see the US price was astronomical ($11.36/100g) compared to the German price (4,40 €/100g, which is $5.58 at current exchange rates). The US price is over double the German price! At the price I paid, offers good value, but at the US price, I think it's a rip off, too expensive for a tea of this quality. Why are TeaGschwendner's prices so disparate?
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