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What a novelty!! Vietnamese green tea! atleast that’s what my friend thinks it is. The leaves are infused with Lotus blossom scent
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_lotus_tea
I must say, the floral aspect is not very strong… but I like it that way. The green-ness overwhelms the floral somewhat.
Dry, the leaves are medium grey with some light grey interspersed and smell somewhat like pu-erh. Wet, they turn olive green with a kale scent.
Steeped… To me, the floral bit comes across as smoky at the beginning of the sip, and when the cup is hot. As it cools, the vegetal taste comes through more. Kindof a brussel sprout taste with that hint of bitter.
Second infusion is significantly more bitter, again like brussel sprouts and creamed spinach… and definitely less floral. The natural sweetness is there to, hiding around the edges and underneath.
I’m not generally a fan of greens, but there is no nausea here so once I get past that it could be an awesome alternative! It’s quite enjoyable, just not my favourite.
Anyhow, I have a sandwich ziploc full of this. Would anyone like a sample?

Kashyap

always down for Vietnamese teas…I’m actually shipping a bunch to a friend who I suspect has never had tea from that region.

Indigobloom

Done!! and no coconut this time :)

Kittenna

Infusion parameters?! I grabbed this one out to try tonight. Are we looking at 82C/1min infusions or thereabouts?

Indigobloom

Actually it came with NO instructions. So… “not boiling” is about as good as I can do!
Personally, I prefer shorter steeps.
Also, I’ve been advised to wash the leaves but I end up forgetting most of the time.

Kittenna

Woah! I missed your comment about smokiness entirely! And cool that you also got sweetness in the second infusion :D Perhaps Vietnamese Lotus Green tea is smoky?

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Kashyap

always down for Vietnamese teas…I’m actually shipping a bunch to a friend who I suspect has never had tea from that region.

Indigobloom

Done!! and no coconut this time :)

Kittenna

Infusion parameters?! I grabbed this one out to try tonight. Are we looking at 82C/1min infusions or thereabouts?

Indigobloom

Actually it came with NO instructions. So… “not boiling” is about as good as I can do!
Personally, I prefer shorter steeps.
Also, I’ve been advised to wash the leaves but I end up forgetting most of the time.

Kittenna

Woah! I missed your comment about smokiness entirely! And cool that you also got sweetness in the second infusion :D Perhaps Vietnamese Lotus Green tea is smoky?

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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