Suoi Giang Mossy Frog black tea is plucked by local hill tribes around Suoi Giang, Yen Bai Province. It is harvested from wild assamica trees that grow in ancient forests at an altitude of 1,400 metres and above. These trees grow on the high forested mountain slopes, completely naturally without any human interference; so under perfect organic conditions. This tea was harvested and processed in August 2019 but it has been allowed to rest for 1 year to mellow the flavours.
Suoi Giang Mossy Frog is a true wild tea, plucked and processed entirely by the Hmong ethnic families. The Hmong ethnic group started immigrating to this area of Vietnam from the 18th century and came from Southern parts of modern day China, including from Yunnan. As they travelled south they brought with them tea processing techniques and knowledge from China. Much of the wild grown tea is sold to China to be processed into pu-erh, but some small amounts are processed locally in Vietnam using traditional orthodox production methods. This black tea is from the same provenance as our Suoi Giang Five Penny green tea.
The tea gets its name from a species of frog found in the ancient forests of northern Vietnam. Unfortunately, the frog’s habitat is under threat due to deforestation. This same loss of forest also threatens the ancient wild tea trees that are found throughout the region.
The carefully-sorted large wiry leaves of this Suoi Giang Mossy Frog produce a richly coloured liquor with a light mineral aroma. The smooth taste has a classic black tea profile. There are stony, mineral and malty notes. It features well-rounded tannins present throughout that point squarely at the assamica origins. This tea is a perfect choice for those who like their black teas stronger, similar in style to Assam.
We suggest brewing parameters of 90°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste. This tea can be brewed multiple times.