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Hatvala Tea from Vietnam

Harvesting Hatvala Tea in VietnamTea has been known in Vietnam for many years but it is only relatively recent that tea has been grown and produced in any quantity. However, the growth in tea production has been impressive and the country now ranks 5th or 6th in the world for tea production.

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Our Whole Leaf Teas

Our range of Vietnam tea in cupsOur  excellent and broad range of hand selected teas includes delicate silver needles white tea made simply from leaf buds, a variety of green teas with flavours that extend from grassy through to bold vegetal and floral notes, full bodied, creamy green and red oolongs, a refreshing, malty black tea with a beautiful coppery liquor, a post fermented Puerh style dark tea and wonderfully fragrant infusions of tea blended only with real flower blossoms.

We source all of our teas directly and have built strong relationships with responsible and dedicated farmers and producers to ensure that the highest and most consistent products are delivered from the field to the cup.  We are confident that all of our teas are traded fairly throughout the supply chain.

Based in Vietnam, we travel frequently and widely across the country to discover new and interesting teas that meet our quality criteria. Check regularly for new arrivals and seasonal teas.

The majority of our teas are single origin (by which we mean that they come from one particular, and generally small,  producer) and like wines they may vary from year too year or season to season.  However, they will always be clean, natural and made with love and care.  We ensure that the provenance is always be genuinely as stated and that nothing has been substituted or compromised. 

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Methods of Tea Processing in Vietnam

altIt came as a surprise to the early European tea drinkers that all types of tea, whether it be green, black, white or oolong comes from the very same tea plant and that it is the method of processing that provides the distinctive colour and flavour of each tea. In fact, it may still surprise some people today.

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Ancient Wild Tea Trees

Mist Day over Wild Tea Trees in Yen Bai, VietnamMist shrouded peaks, deep river valleys, verdant pine forests with wild tea trees flourishing amidst the clean mountain air and cool running streams. Tea is indigenous to these mountainous northern provinces of Vietnam where trees continue to grow wild and organically at altitudes of up to 1600 metres. Left unattended they will grow to over 3 metres tall with trunks several metres in diameter. Some ancient trees are known to be centuries old – with some said to date back 800 years.

Minority Lady Havesting Wild Tea Leaves, VietnamEach day during the season, hill people from Vietnam's ethnic minority groups will trek into the forests from early, misty dawn to harvest tea leaves with only wild pigs, goats and chickens for company . Trees can be several kilometres from the nearest path and the pickers climb to the very top branches to reach the youngest and freshest leaves. By early afternoon the tea is carried back to the villages in bamboo baskets for processing either by their own families or by other producers in the community.

Tea is still largely processed using age old methods relying on the skill, knowledge and experience of artisan producers. Aspects of tea making including temperatures of wood fired ovens or judging when baking or drying is complete is determined solely by sight, smell and touch.Pan Drying Wild Tea Leaves, Vietnam

Altitude, climate, soil and location slow the rate at which tea leaves grow on the trees providing greater character, taste and purity to the cup. Pour, relax and drink and it is almost possible to imagine the sights, sounds and smells of the forest and mountainside in every sip.

 

 

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Wild and Estate Green Teas

Green Tea Selection

Green Tea is the preferred drink of the Vietnamese and makes up the majority of the home consumption of tea produced in Vietnam.  Typically, the Vietnamese prefer to brew their tea very strong and bitter and like to appreciate the sweetness in the after-taste experienced once the initial bitterness has subsided.  Do not let this put you off if this is not to your taste as the same tea can be used to produce an altogether sweeter and more subtle drink by varying the quantity of tea used, temperature of the water and steeping time.

Green tea is associated with many health benefits largely arising from the abundant supply of anti-oxidants that exist in the leaves and which are preserved as the leaves are not allowed to oxidise during green tea processing.

We currently offer a variety of Vietnamese green tea including wild grown mountain teas from Yen Bai, Lao Cai and Ha Giang Provinces plus an estate grown from the popular Thai Nguyen commune of Tan Cuong.

Each tea has its own distinct flavours which range from grassy green, vegetal through to floral. 

The current Hatvala Vietnam Green Tea range comprises: 

Fish Hook Estate Green Tea

Purple Rain Wild Green Tea

Tiger Monkey Wild Green TeaFive Penny Wild Green Tea

Bac Ha Green Tea

 

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