|Amount:||1 hdp tsp|
|Brewing Time:||2 - 4 minutes|
|Suitable For Cold Brewing||Yes|
From one of the Vietnamese Coops I have been working with. This is from Tay Con Linh, Ha Giang. The buds are only harvested for about three weeks in the spring and then carefully processed with sun drying a quick roast to stop the oxidation process.
the first thing you will notice is the size, being much smaller than the Wild tea buds we sell, they are also not downy. They are though a wonderful mix of green and purple which is where the name comes from. My guess is that the old trees they are picked from is some kind of hybrid cultivar of green and purple tea.
The dry leaf has a great aroma.
First steep you get a light almost entirely clear liquor, which looks so much like water the taste comes as a surprise. It is one of those excellent teas which is extremely difficult to pick apart and name the notes. Hints of something floral, hints of something fruity, a little bit of biscuit. Incredibly smooth, and buttery.
Second steep the liquor gets a tint of green colour. Creamy smooth, alfalfa sprouts and the hints of fruit dance around the palate, almost defying description.
Third steep more creamy, edging towards the savoury side, still an experience (i did this one at 80 degrees)
I'll be taking some home to cold brew and see what happens.