: Suoi Giang, Yen Bai Province, Northern VietnamCultivar
: Yen Bai Ancient TreesElevation:
: Spring 2021
This early spring, high mountain micro-lot is from ancient tea trees harvested by the Hmong Ethnic people located in Suoi Giang, Yen Bai in Northern Vietnam. Shan Tuyết translates as “Snow Mountain” and references the clouds and cold foggy mists where these old trees grow. Snow Shan teas are not inherently named for their processing method and plucking standard but are better defined by the ancient tea trees, high elevation and how they grow. The tea leaves are coated in snow white silvery down, and the trees themselves are large and gnarled, covered in misty dew, lichen, moss and wild orchids. The trees have a unique look and patina with their frosted, snow white flora.
The ancient trees of Yen Bai Province are highly revered in Vietnam and China for the complexity of the tannin structure and the overall taste of tea these trees produce. The downy bud-and-a-leaf are processed using a technique similar to Ban Hong Chao
, creating a curled tea leaf with a frosted appearance. Don’t let the delicate nature of the tea fool you—the tea has a vibrant, energizing feel.