This OP-grade black tea from Vietnam is dried and oxidized differently from Chinese black teas, but uses the same varietal of the plant (Camellia sinensis var. sinensis) as Chinese teas, as opposed to the larger leaf assamica variety used in most Indian tea. It has a full, spicy flavor that's surprisingly mild with little astringency. It doesn't require milk, and brews up well in a samovar.
- Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
- Use boiling (100°C/212°F) water
- Steep for 3 minutes, strain leaves, and enjoy!
- Like milk in your tea? Steep an extra minute!
- Too strong? Take off a minute, or use 5g of leaf instead!
- Too light? Kick it up another minute, or use 10g of leaf instead!
- Wanna do a tea latte?
- Use 10g (≈1½ tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz).
- Steep 2 minutes in ¼ liter (≈8 oz) boiling (100°C/212°C) water
- Add ¼ liter (≈8 oz) hot milk, steep another 3 minutes.
- Strain leaves, add sugar if you like (5g or 1 tsp usually does it), and enjoy!
Vietnamese black tea.