Vietnam Black OP1

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Dried Fruit, Hay, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Smooth, Bell Pepper, Leather, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 9 oz / 261 ml

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From Single Origin Teas

An unusual black tea with a faint spiced aroma. Freshly dried black pepper and cinnamon tastes overlay this full-bodied black. A good tea for the winter, or for making Chai!

Vietnam is one of the lesser known tea producing countries. Ranked as the 6th highest producing country for tea, we enjoy the unique spicy terroir of this brew. Our Vietnam Black OP1 does not come from a single farmer, but a cooperative in northern Vietnam.

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2595 tasting notes

Distressingly close to the bottom of the packet. Don’t have many new adjectives for this one (sweet, bright, peppery and perky used previously); but it has been consistently and reliably good, appears to be in the can’t-ruin-it category. Well worth checking out if you need something pleasant to go with your elevenses.

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464 tasting notes

Thanks, Nicole_Martin again!

This tea reminds me a lot of Assams. It is fruity, malty and full-bodies, but still fairly light and sweet.

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4843 tasting notes


An exceptional black tea. I’ve tried a few Vietnamese black teas, this one might be my favorite thus far.

It tastes rich, warm and welcoming. A strong tea – it would hold up to the additions of milk and honey well if you like to add those to your tea. Me, I don’t usually, so I found this to be perfectly lovely on it’s own.

A sweet, honey-esque undertone with notes of earth and leather. Hints of a fruity sweetness too, like dried fruit – raisins. I also note a cinnamon-like taste here too.

Here’s my full-length review:

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333 tasting notes

This is another of my many samples from Nicole_Martin. I think this might be my first Vietnamese tea, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. The flavor is crisp and sweet with a hint of malt, kind of like a very light Assam. I’m not getting pepper, but that’s no loss as far as I’m concerned. I’ll be enjoying the rest of the generous sample Nicole shared; my one criticism is that I do wish Single Origin gave brewing instructions for their teas. Since they don’t, I went with 1 tsp./8 oz., boiling, for 3:30, just for reference.

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391 tasting notes

This was a tasty cup this morning. It’s strong and does seem like it would go with some chai spices and even milk. I don’t know if I steeped too long but it’s just shy of being astringent. It’s a little sweet somehow and a bit peppery at times. Thank you Single Origin Teas for the generous sized sample, I wouldn’t have found you otherwise :)

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527 tasting notes

Sipdown. Sample from Midwest teafest. Very nice black tea. Sweet and fruity. I’ll have to keep an eye out for other Vietnam blacks when I make an order eventually.

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2816 tasting notes

This sample came from Veronica and I’m definitely enjoying it this morning. It has a lovely aroma wafting up from the cup straight to my nose!

This is a fairly hefty tea that has a fair amount of malt. I’m also getting the dried fruit note others picked up on, it has a raisin element. And some cinnamon too. Interesting, unique flavor profile. It seems a bit peppery in the finish. When I first tried it I was reminded of red wine. This is not a wimpy tea like the yunnan fancy that I had earlier today. It packs a wallop! It’s good plain but I also liked it with soymilk.

I think the only other Vietnam tea I’ve had is from Tea Geschwender and I liked that too. Thanks again, Veronica. I would add this to my next SOT order.

Now off to go be productive, wish me luck :)

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Noelia Aanulds

Thank you I will try it as well


I don’t think I’ve ever tried an unflavored black that was as spicy as this one—SOT impresses me.


me too. they have lots of good selections!

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2827 tasting notes

This is the other tea that Veronica sent in our swap. I’ve only tasted a couple of Vietnamese black teas, so it’s not a category I have much experience with. The leaves themselves are very dark and quite small. They look somewhat broken, but I have a feeling they were small leaves to begin with. Dry scent is very mildly sweet.

The steeped tea smells very Assam-like to me – there’s strong malt along with mild molasses and dried fruit notes. It definitely tastes Assam-like to me as well, though there’s no astringency here. There’s a strong malt flavor along with some soft hay. I can also taste a little bit of dark molasses richness, which adds a nice base note and some dimension. There’s perhaps a touch of dried fruit and a very light honey-like aftertaste. Overall, it’s a very smooth and somewhat mellow tea with a classic malty character.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Hay, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Smooth

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

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371 tasting notes

From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box.

Brewed Western style. The dry leaf aroma smells of maple syrup and caramel, and the wet leaf aroma of chocolate. I intended to use only 8oz of water but overestimated by 100% (I had just woken up….). I thought that the taste would be watered down, and to put in another teaspoon of leaf. But this tea is flexible. The liquor – orange, medium-bodied, and clear – is still flavorful with malt and bitter dark chocolate. It also has a spicy aftertaste, a little like ginger snap cookies. Delicious morning cup!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Single Origin Teas

I like to think that the spice flavor comes from growing in such a unique country!

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3744 tasting notes

MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #17
I’d agree with everything Veronica said about this one! Malty, with mild spice notes, and very raisin like! The cup is a mid-level strength… so I wish it were more malty and raisiny. Just read her much better tasting note. :D Sorry for the lame tasting notes lately, I’m NOT doing this tea box justice!
Just so everyone is aware, though this tea is good, I’ve tried a few other teas from Single Origin that I liked even more. Keep the Kaporet Kenya in mind as well as the Ginseng Oolong: super-brain-poweriest of all the Ginseng Oolongs. Maybe if I were sipping some now, my tasting notes would be better.

Single Origin Teas

Raisin is a great description. Usually when I read anything raisin I think grape and then muscatel. But this kind of has that raisin sweetness without the grape? haha now it sounds like I need to drink some of the Ginseng Oolong!

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