This Suoi Giang Five Penny green 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 1,300 metres and above. These trees grow on the high forested mountain slopes, completely naturally without any human interference; so under perfect organic conditions. June 2018 harvest.
Suoi Giang Five Penny 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.
The carefully-sorted large wiry leaves of this Suoi Giang Five Penny produce a bright liquor with a yellow colour and a light vegetal aroma. The smooth taste has a woody character, with lightly sweet floral notes. There are vegetal flavours that have a touch of smokiness and tartness. The finish is mouthwatering with a pleasant degree of dryness and a touch of astringency.
We suggest brewing parameters of 70°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste. This tea can be brewed multiple times.