PROFILE: SWEET, FLORAL
ORIGIN: SUOI GIANG, YEN BAI, VIETNAM
HARVEST: JUNE 2018
Five Penny is a highly refreshing wild green tea from Suoi Giang in Yen Bai province. The tea produces a smooth, sweet liquor with light floral notes that become sweeter and more grassy with each infusion. A gentle hint bitterness on the tongue serves to emphasis the sweet aftertaste that lingers long after the tea has been drunk.
Five Penny is a one bud and two leaves green tea that is made in small batches from leaves that have been hand sorted to ensure consistency of size. Following a short wither the selected leaves are fired, rolled and gradually dried under the direct, skilled supervision of the tea maker who use experience and their senses to determine when each step of the process is complete.
Suoi Giang (literally: heavenly river) is a small commune located in the misty mountains of Yen Bai province. It nestles in an area surrounded by the ancient shaded forests, at altitudes between 1300 and 1400 metres, where wild tea trees have been grown by ethnic minority families for many hundreds of years. H'Mong families continue to harvest the leaves today either for their own consumption as fresh tea or for processing as dried leaves. Apart from tea the district is also known for sticky rice and hot springs.
Light, slightly floral, and grassy. Not very heat tolerant; anything over about 170 can make it bitter. Great green for the price.