Vietnam (Yen Bai) Wild 'Five Penny' Green Tea

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Green Tea
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Nutty, Smoke, Sweet, Green
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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “Since trying a smoky Lapsang Souchong, and even a Golden Monkey which had some smoke to it and finding them quite off-putting, seeing smoke in a tea’s description worries me a tad bit. More and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Vietnam Wild Five Penny Green Tea Origin: Suoi Giang, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam Elevation: 1200m+ Dry Leaves: Again the leaves remind me of Korean teas, although this time they also look a little...” Read full tasting note
  • “Feeling sick of winter today. This one said spring to me. Good choice. The dry leaf is battleship gray. The tips are white. It smells sweet, kind of fruity, and grassy. Steeped western mug style...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is another pleasant green tea. Very drinkable and I think it would be easy for someone who doesn’t drink a lot of tea to enjoy it. I didn’t taste the fruit notes that What-Cha noted – I taste...” Read full tasting note
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Vegetal taste with fruit and smoke hints

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Since trying a smoky Lapsang Souchong, and even a Golden Monkey which had some smoke to it and finding them quite off-putting, seeing smoke in a tea’s description worries me a tad bit. More and more, I’m finding that there’s a type or level of smoke that I can tolerate, and one which I cannot. There’s the horror that is BBQ-Tea and the more subdued kind of smoke flavor, which usually meshes pretty well with the rest of what a tea has going on. I’m glad to report this tea is one of the latter.

I actually didn’t pick up any smoke in the first couple steeps, just a sweet vegetal flavor. A couple steeps in, the smoke started to manifest as a light and wispy aftertaste. As it went on, it became one of the two main flavors I was getting – smokiness with a nutty sweetness. I tried, but I wasn’t feeling any fruitiness as the description claims there is. The smoke along with the nutty flavor made for a savory-sweet tea to drink. Throughout the session, the tea left my mouth decently dry, though there was little to no bitterness in the flavor. On my first session, I treated this tea a little too harshly and did get some pretty off-putting bitterness. This is a pretty good tea, if a little simple. Just glad it wasn’t meaty BBQ tea – blech.

I believe this is the last one I had kicking around from the Discover Vietnam collection on What-cha. I definitely encourage people to try some of the Vietnamese teas on What-cha. Along with the Red Buffalo oolong of some internet fame, the Wild Boar black and Fish Hook green tea were of particular note to me. Not really sure which of those are currently in stock, as I think they all ran out at the end of last year, but get ’em if you can. Worth a try at the very least!

Flavors: Nutty, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Vietnam Wild Five Penny Green Tea
Origin: Suoi Giang, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam
Elevation: 1200m+

Dry Leaves: Again the leaves remind me of Korean teas, although this time they also look a little like curved long Jings. Other than that, they are a lovely shade of grayish-green. There is a slight burning wood smell. I am surprised in the uniformity in the tea leaves since this is a wild grown tea.

Temperature: 176oF
Brewing Time: Two Minutes
Aroma: Smoky, Apricot and Muscatel
Flavor: Smoky and Fruity
Tasting Notes: I brewed this again according to the suggested time, immediately afterwards I started over with new leaves and cut the time in half. The original was too smoky for me and the second was much more pleasant. Although even after cutting the time in half the smoky taste still lingered for quite a long time.

At $8 for 50g (at the time of writing this) it is certainly a good deal, as for whether I’d buy it again, maybe. I don’t have a lot of smoky and fruity teas, I am more of a grassy tea guy, but this might be the easiest of the three teas in the post to drink. Not quite a daily drinker, but it is quite nice if you like a little smoke in your greens. I am comfortable saying this is my favorite of the three, because the fruit tastes was a nice contrast to the smoke and the other two felt very similar to me, although this still feels quite similar to the others, perhaps not as much.

[Read the rest at: http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2015/01/what-cha-discover-vietnam-part-2.html)

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Feeling sick of winter today. This one said spring to me. Good choice. The dry leaf is battleship gray. The tips are white. It smells sweet, kind of fruity, and grassy. Steeped western mug style the liquor is light golden green. The sip is bold for such a delicate looking cup. It is not a pucker bold, or harsh bitter. It is that solid good green bite. When the intensity drops it brings out a sweetness, and corn. The aftertaste is corn mixed with vegetal.

I cannot catch a glimpse of smoke but then I almost never do in green tea. I probably have tasted it many times without knowing. Someday.

I really like all the Vietnam teas I have tried.

What-Cha – I’m curious, what does ‘Five Penny’ mean?

What-Cha

The name originates from an old Vietnamese tradition where tea was sold in the street for many years for five pennies!

It’s great to hear that you are enjoying all of the Vietnamese teas so far.

gmathis

I like corny green teas. (I also like corny jokes.)

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This is another pleasant green tea. Very drinkable and I think it would be easy for someone who doesn’t drink a lot of tea to enjoy it. I didn’t taste the fruit notes that What-Cha noted – I taste much more smoky notes. It kind of tastes like Fall.

Flavors: Green, Smoke

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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