Harvested at an altitude of more than 1,000 metres, this Vietnamese premium tea is good enough to rival great Chinese black teas. The liquor has an intense fragrance of candied fruit and spices, and is flavoursome and long in the mouth.
Ha Giang is a province in the north-east of Vietnam, situated at the highest latitude, close to the Chinese border. Ha Giang province, is famous for being home to the ancient Shan tea plants. These trees form an important and rare botanical heritage, and are prized for the quality of the teas they produce. The growing methods used there are pesticide- and fertiliser-free. Most of the villagers who harvest the tea in the region belong to very diverse ethnic minorities.
François-Xavier Delmas' choice:
“For fans of black Yunnan or Sichuan teas: here on the Vietnamese border, this high-altitude tea made from ancient wild tea plants offers an interesting alternative.”
- Origin: Vietnam
- Tea colour: black tea
- Appearance: small, well-rolled leaves with plenty of buds
- Colours: dark brown and pale brown
- Scents: candied fruit, stewed fruit, a hint of honey
Brewed leaves (infusion):
- Scents: pronounce fruit to start (jam, cooked fruit, stewed fruit), a hint of vanilla and caramel, a hint of honey
- Colour: brown-red
- Texture: silky, with a delicate astringency at the back of the mouth
- Flavours: a delicate acidity and a subtle bitterness
- Aromas: pronounced fruit (jam, cooked fruit, stewed fruit), spices (vanilla pod), a hint of honey, a hint of leather
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a lovely, well-structured black tea with a good presence in the mouth and flavoursome cooked fruit aromas, with a good finish in the mouth