Southeast Asia's answer to rich, malty Assam tea! This organic and Fair Trade Certified Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea hails from the banks of the Red River in Vietnam's Yen Bai province. The uniform, twisted organic loose tea leaves exhibit substantial tippiness, and yield a brew that is pleasantly rich, malty and coppery, with hints of molasses.
Although the rainforests of south China (and their indigenous tea trees) have been all but destroyed by sprawl and industrialization, efforts are afoot to preserve the rainforests just south of the border in northern Vietnam. In order to make a compelling argument to the Vietnamese government for the preservation of these native landscapes, the organic Vietnamese tea harvesting tribes of the Yen Bai province are striving to produce superior-quality "ancient tree" teas that are highly sought after on the international marketplace. Although they're still developing their green tea manufacturing technique, this very wonderful organic black tea is now being produced to help preserve Vietnam's northern rainforests.
Ingredients: organic Vietnamese black tea
Leaf Type: Black
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Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 rounded teaspoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
Earlier in the year Arbor Teas sent me some wonderful samples, but I decided to hold on to the last one to share with you in October because it's fair trade month. Nearly 80% of the teas that are offered by Arbor Teas are Fair Trade Certified, so for the past couple of years Arbor Teas has been one of my major sources of fair trade tea. I'm a huge fan of their Organic Assam Tonganagoan Estate Black Tea which is at the top of the list of teas I want to restock ASAP (as soon as my house stops falling apart and leaving me house-poor.)
Today's tea, Organic Vietnam Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea, is one that I would consider a great every day tea. The robust, spicy flavor makes it one of my top picks for fall, but since it's lightly sweet, it also makes an excellent iced tea— one that requires no added sugar. I've been struggling with my love of sugar my entire life, so finding teas that are naturally sweet has been a huge priority to me. It means I can still enjoy sweet tea and not feel guilty about what all the added sugar is doing to my heath.
Now if only I could kick my love of chocolate... but I doubt that will happen in my lifetime.
My Rating: 89/100
Would I order this again? Absolutely. I loved the deep malty flavor and combination of sweetness and spice, it's exactly what I'm looking for this time of year.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by Arbor Teas . As always, all opinions are my own.