Vietnamese Black OP

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Baked Bread, Wood, Earth, Malt, Raisins, Smooth
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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This tea comes from the far northern mountains of Vietnam. This is the ancestral home to tea. An area that encompasses Yunnan, Laos, Assam, and Vietnam. This tea comes from ancient trees and is done in the traditional ‘orthodox’ method. So the leaves are big, sweet and mellow. Please enjoy this traditional tea.

Dry Leaves: Large twisted leaves with nice golden tips. ‘OP’ refers to Orange Pekoe.
Liquor: Light brown.
Aroma: Light and pleasant aroma of muted malt.
Caffeine Level: Caffeinated
Body : Light.
Flavors: The slightly sweet roasted malt flavors coat the mouth with a silky feel.
Brewing Time: 4 to 5 minutes
Brewing Temperature: 212°

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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472 tasting notes

sample. i was curious how Vietnamese tea taste like. this one is nice mellow sweet and a little malty. if it would be blind testing i would say its blend of Assam and Dargeeling, but very muted. maybe if i let it steep longer it would be more flavorful but i didnt want to face bitter notes. i added condensed milk to the second cup and it was lovely dessert.

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Condensed milk?? you know how to party! i invariably think of tres leches cake when i hear ‘condensed milk’…what a yummy, sinful, scrumptious delight! as for the tea…an Assam/Darjeeling mix sounds quite nice :)


i always have a can. i rarely add anything to my tea but sometimes i do. I really like Vietnamese coffee so wanted to try the same with tea

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2216 tasting notes

Surprisingly tasty! This is a rich and, yes, malty tea. I like it.

This would probably be DELICIOUS with sweetened condensed milk, but I don’t have any left.

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726 tasting notes

So this one is woody, with a hint of bread to it. Might be really woody because I over-steeped it a bit, but It wasn’t a long over-steep so I think that that note kinda already existed there. :/
So yeah, not really a fan. Think I’ll just list this one as a freebie on my sale list. xD It’s not that it’s a bad tea, I guess I’m just not in the mood to play around with it tons to make sure that it can’t be a really good tea that I fall in love with. :S

Flavors: Baked Bread, Wood


You can make Hong Kong Milk Tea with this one… DavidsTea had a recipe a couple years ago. :)

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560 tasting notes

This is fine, but it’s definitely not the best OP I’ve tried — not even the best one from H&S. The flavor just seems kind of muted. As others have noted, there is something a bit Assam about it. In fact, it tastes a lot more like an Assam than an OP.

Really missing those Tealet OPs right about now.

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972 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster! I ordered some black tea samples from Harney & Sons a week or so ago when they were having free shipping. I love it when I can get away with some samples for just a few bucks and not have to pay for shipping! Anyway, one to the tea! I picked up a few lower-priced straight blacks that sounded interesting, this being one of them. I’m not too familiar with Vietnamese teas, but the leaf looks similar to an Assam to me. Dry scent is a combination of malt, hay, and dried fruits.

This does remind me of Assam. It’s a somewhat generic malty tea with some earthy tones as well. However, there’s no astringency, which is a nice change of pace. I can taste very light bread and raisin notes. Sort of like an Assam with a touch of Keemun? Not bad!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Malt, Raisins, Smooth

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love their free shipping when they have it. Samples galore! :)

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2247 tasting notes

Thanks so much for this one DigniTea! I expect Harney’s teas to usually be very astringent for some reason (maybe I was oversteeping them). But this tea is anything but astringent! I’m actually surprised at how sweet it is, even as it cools. I could swear I added sugar… maybe the caramel tea next to it was so strong that it affected it? I love the maltiness of this one. Always love my malty teas. It also has a dried grassy taste as it cools. The second steep was also very nice…almost an identical flavor. This will be a sipdown next time but I’m adding this to my shopping list so I can remember how much I love it.
Steep #1 // 4 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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122 tasting notes

This tea has a pleasant malty aroma. It has a malty taste that is rich and sweet. I was really liking this tea, but it lost me with the aftertaste. Kind of like a movie with a great beginning and a bad ending (similar to any M. Night Shyamalan movie made after “The Sixth Sense”).

Flavors: Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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