PROFILE: RICH, FULL BODIED, SLIGHTLY SMOKEY
ORIGIN: YEN BAI, HA GIANG, SON LA
BLENDED: APRIL 2020
Everywhere seems to have its own breakfast tea and so we created our own Saigon Breakfast Tea as the perfect wake up blend no matter where in the world you happen to be. Rich, full bodied and creamy with a little smoke this is a delightful tea to drink on its own or the addition of milk or lemon if you prefer.
Saigon Breakfast is a skilfully crafted blend of wild black teas from different high mountain provinces of northern Vietnam but with further character and subtlety from the addition of a highly oxidised red oolong tea. The blend offers complex and complementary flavours that are sure to excite and energise.
Dry tea leaves have a scent of fruit and baked apples with some smoky notes. The taste is full-bodied, sweet with a slight sourness. Very rich aftertaste with bakery notes. No harshness at all, rather "silky" flavour.
I've been cold-brewing this overnight with 2.5-3 grams of tea per cup of water. It makes a pleasing, brisk iced tea with a delicate smokiness. Like the other Hatvala teas I've tried so far, the price is shockingly inexpensive for the quality of the tea, and the flavors are lovely to both tea enthusiasts and casual drinkers. This is absolutely going on the reorder list.
The dry tea smells deep and earthy with chocolate and hints of smokiness. The brewed tea is rich and malty with hints of the chocolate a smoky oxidized leaf note that makes me think pipe tobacco (I'm a smoker so I'm not sure why that comes to mind). It has a nice brisk astringency that makes you want to go back for another sip. I was able to get three infusions from the tea though that last one was thinning out and becoming more astringent though still delightful. It just was not as magical as the first two infusions. I will almost certainly be including some more of this wonderful tea in my next order.