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FivePenny Tea. Wild Green Tea from Suoi Giang, Yen Bai Province. Hatvala 90g

FivePenny Tea. Wild Green Tea from Suoi Giang, Yen Bai Province. Hatvala 90g
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The frequent mists that conceal the hidden beauty of Suoi Giang also add unique flavours to its’ teas by slowing the rate at which the leaves develop and become ready for picking.

This excellent tea grows on wild tea trees on high mountain slopes at altitudes in excess of 1200 metres where the leaves are harvested by hill tribes who will frequently need to walk far along the mountain tracks which are home to pigs, goats and chickens and to climb high into the trees to get to the best young leaves and buds.

The tea is brought back to Suoi Giang for processing using only the bud and first two leaves.

Traditional techniques of shade withering, drum baking, rolling and drying are used to produce a natural, pure and fresh brew without the bitterness often associated with green teas.

FivePenny Tea takes it's name from an old Hanoi tradition where tea could be bought on the street for the equivalent of five pennies.

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.

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