Vietnamese Shan Snow tea is found only in the northern provinces of the country, mostly in the highlands.The tea trees grow at a height of 600+ meters above sea level. The high levelof moisture at this height provides oxygen saturation of tea trees, making the tea taste so flavorful.
Shan Snow is sometimes called ancient tea. Ancient green tea is handpicked from 100-year-old tea trees. Some of the trees have aged more than 300 years! This provides a unique opportunity to taste the same tea tasted by Vietnamese hundreds of years ago.
Notes of honey and flowers
A soft bitterness stands out after the first sip of Shan Snow, and then the taste starts to open. Notes of greenery and sweetness may be felt. That combination of bitterness and flowerful honey creates an outstanding balance of flavor.
For a classical method of brewing tea, use a porcelain teapot. Porcelain retains warmth better and lets a full flavour develop.
Don’t use boiling water if you’re brewing green tea. Fullness and astringency of taste may be destroyed by boiling water.
- Warm up the teapot before brewing the tea.
- Put 2 tablespoons (4 g) in the pot.
- Pour over water with a temperature of 85°C.
- Wait for 5 minutes before enjoying the tea.
The authentic method involves brewing several times. This way you can taste fresh notes of tea better and feel a fullness of taste.
For this method of brewing, you need a gaiwan, a lidded bowl without handles. A gaiwan is good for green teas with flavourful aroma because they allow you to infuse the tea several times and enjoy your drink even longer. You can also use a teapot.
- Warm up a teapot/gaiwanbefore brewing tea.
- Put 2 tablespoons of tea in thepot/gaiwan.
- First brewing: rinse teawith water (85+°C).
- Second and third brewings last about 20–40 seconds each.
- The fourth and fifth brewings should take 90 and 120 seconds.
Suoi Giang area, Yen Bai province. It is a region in Northern part of Vietnam. It is famous for its subtropical climate. The rainy season in Yen Bai is long: about half a year. It is a good condition for tea trees growing: wet soil doesn't let them dry over and tea grows filled with freshness.