The leaves used to make this fair trade and organically grown black tea come from tea plants growing wild at an altitude of 1200 meters in the Lao Cai region of Northern Vietnam. The geographic location (this area borders Yunnan Province in China) and the terroir of the area give us an indication of what the flavour profile of this tea will be. Not unlike teas from Yunnan, the long, sturdy leaves brew to a nice strong earthy cup, with a comforting woody aroma, reminiscent of the smell of a secret tropical forest after heavy rain. The addition of Ylang Ylang flowers from a small organic garden in Dalat add a nice floral note to the finish. This is such a well-rounded blend of tea and flowers that it is hard to believe does not contain any added essential oils or artificial flavours.
This refreshing and comforting tea is perfect for an early morning “wake me up” tea or in the afternoon as a pick-me-up.