PROFILE: WOOD, EARTH, FOREST FLOOR
ORIGIN: CAO BO, HA GIANG, VIETNAM
Dark Forest is a post fermented (cooked) dark tea produced in Cao Bo, Ha Giang province. It is a rare Vietnamese equivalent to the famous pu-erh (pho nhi) produced across the border in Yunnan. Dark Forest has a very distinctive flavour that is smooth with a long lingering woody and earthy flavours of the forest floor. Very different from other tea types it can be an acquired taste and is noted for its benefit to digestion.
Dark Forest is harvested from wild tea trees by Dao minority people at altitudes of 1200 metres and above. The tea undergoes simple initial processing and is then further processed as a “cooked pu-erh” and allowed to slowly ferment over many years. Often pressed into cakes this is a loose leaf variety produced in 2007.
Cao Bo is situated in Vi Xuyen district, Ha Giang and forms part of the sacred Tay Con Linh mountain range that straddles Vi Xuyen and the neighbouring district of Hoang Su Phi. The Tay Con Linh area is well known for ancient tea trees, wildlife, hot springs and the rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi.
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