Backlogging – this was my most favorite thing I ordered from TeaGschwender – it has been gone for ages. Very smooth, sweet-ish, chocolate-y, rich and delicious. I should like to have some more of this someday.
“Backlogging – this was my most favorite thing I ordered from TeaGschwender – it has been gone for ages. Very smooth, sweet-ish, chocolate-y, rich and delicious. I should like to have...” Read full tasting note
“Drinking this as an iced tea today. It is such a smooth and flavorful, but not overpowering, tea that it’s great alone or blended with herbal teas when I want a summertime vibe. Everyone...” Read full tasting note
“I should note that this is a fairly old sample, so it may not be entirely representative of the fresh Yen Bai. I ended up steeping this one for longer than I usually would to try to make up for any...” Read full tasting note
“This may have been the first straight tea I ever tasted. In an order I placed filled with Yellow Peach, Raspberry Chocolate and such I thought “Vietnamese tea? Sounds different and...” Read full tasting note
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.
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I should note that this is a fairly old sample, so it may not be entirely representative of the fresh Yen Bai. I ended up steeping this one for longer than I usually would to try to make up for any lost flavor.
It has a smell that reminds me of a mixture of a black tea and a pu-erh, and a taste that reminds me of a Wu Yi oolong, because of the nice gentle sweetness to it. It is a fairly sophisticated black tea – I’ll need to come back to this one in the future when I’ve further developed my taste for black teas.
This may have been the first straight tea I ever tasted. In an order I placed filled with Yellow Peach, Raspberry Chocolate and such I thought “Vietnamese tea? Sounds different and exotic-I’m in!” I loved it and it got my started ever so gradually towards my preference of straight tea. After this I started trying Assams. Haven’t had this in a very long time. I miss it.
Vietnam has been a country near and dear to my heart ever since I visited it in my junior year. Beautiful scenery, kind people, and good food; that legacy for me, lives on in this tea. Vietnam is located directly south of china, and east of India by a much larger margin than one would believe by the taste of this tea.If one were in a blind taste test, one might easily mistake the Yen Bai, for an Assam, because of its cocoa taste with a strong muscatel and generally warmer flavor. However the Yen Bai yields a more balanced cup, and is far less dark than many Assams. The actual mouth-feel of the Assam is incredibly full, and remarkably smooth, as is the finish of the tea. My preparation was quite simple for the tea, as it usually is for a black tea; I loaded up a tea filter with 2 teaspoons of the tea, set my kettle on boil, and steeped the tea in a 16 oz. teapot for the recommended 4 minutes. I took out my filter, and poured a half-cup of tea, to do an initial taste. While one could take milk and sugar in this tea, and I’m sure it could easily stand up to both, I believe, as I do in most cases, it is unnecessary, the tea is perfectly smooth enough on it’s own to drink uncut.
This is a great tea, and compared with some of the high price tags around, quite good for the money you pay.
This is a very good choice for a strong black tea. For me, the two things that stand out most about this one are its beautiful coppery-red color and its smoothness. It is not the least bit bitter or astringent, even when slightly overbrewed. I love drinking this in the morning to help wake me up.
This Vietnamese tea reminds me very little of an Assam in the aroma. Although it has that “biscuity” steam that billows from the cup, it is very light on the nose. Starting off, you get a strong and stout smokiness off the palate. You get a slight grape lingering that is overshadowed by the sharp bite you get off the back end. Full bodied, this tea lingers in the mouth while providing a clean finish. In this way, it is very similar to an Assam. I would recommend this as an occasional deviation from normal breakfast teas. Also, it can work well in the afternoon as a solid pick-me-up.
As a huge lover of Assam second flush teas, this was a real mind bender. Who would think that in a small province in far northern Vietnam (almost in Yunnan) there would be black tea production of such quality?! Wow… I am still a bit shocked by this tea. Beautiful rich reddish brown to burnt orange in color… the nose offers up tobacco and cooked acorn squash notes which clearly translate into the rich flavor echoed by notes of sweet malt and pure 100% cacao. The finish is lingering with a brilliant astringency that can easily be compared to teas of Mokalbari.
On my next tasting I plan to make a cup of Assam Mokalbari along side so I can really compare them head to head. What an exceptional find and a fantastic value!