Wild Boar Vietnamese black tea comes from a tea vendor Hatvala. Wild Boar is a little gem among black teas. Incredibly cheap, grown on high altitudes, this tea delights with color and character.
Name: Wild Boar Black Tea
Tea vendor: Hatvala (Vietnam)
Type: Vietnamese black tea
Wild Boar Vietnamese black tea – description
Black tea from the Vietnamese province of Yen Bai, harvester from wild trees that grow at an altitude of 1300 meters. Price is 1.75 USD per 50 grams, which is a whopping 12 HRK for an excellent quality and flavor. Dry leaves are quite small, with lots of broken parts with stems. They might give the impression that tea will not live up to the expectation, but the biggest surprise is about to follow. The smell of dried leaves is intense, deep chocolate, caramel and malt, placed in a hot teapot it gets very intense and incredibly fresh. I have not yet experienced anything like that with other black teas. Even though chocolate aromas can be found quite often, this kind of freshness is rare.
You can get at least three really good steepings out of it, even the fourth one will be very satisfying. I am still fascinated how little do we know about the world of tea and how many little wonders exist out there, and with the fact that a certain tea does not need to be expensive to be really good. Even the cheapest one should provide the satisfying experience.
200 ml of water, 100 degrees Celsius, 3.5 grams of tea and 2,2.5,3 minutes steepings. Three grams of tea is an unusually low quantity of tea leaves for such amount of water. I did feel like it wound be even nearly enough. However, I was quite surprised. This tea doesn’t offer an explosion of taste, but it is really amazing, with a well balanced freshness and dark chocolate aroma, with only a hint of astringency that never crosses the line of bitterness.
First steeping results with a little miracle. You can literally see how the intense dark red-cooper color is being poured into a cup. It forms a very visible golden circle in the cup. Liquor is thick and of really intense color, with deep dark chocolate aroma.
After the first steeping, leaves have a very mild citrus tone as well, extremely fresh and dark chocolate like. What is even more interesting is the taste, which leaves a feeling in your mouth your will experience a lot of bitterness. Taste is sharp, but all bitterness stays away. You can only the feel sweet aftertaste. Tea by itself is not really intense, it’s quite mild and I think it would go very well with various addings – from sugar to milk. The smell has a lot of freshness. Second steeping gives more intense taste, with some earthy tones, deep and again with the feeling this tea is going to be very bitter – but there is not even a trace of bitterness. It dries your mouth and gives you the feeling you want more and more and more. Even the third and fourth (really long one) steepings give great results with absolutely no bitterness at all and same level of freshness. Used-up tea leaves still retain beautiful and fresh smell. Did you notice how many times I used the word “fresh”? This is the best word to describe this tea.
I don’t think I ever had the chance to try a cheaper tea that was so good. Wild Boar Vietnamese black tea is an excellent choice for everyday drinking, I think it is a very good choice for those who prefer drinking their tea with sugar (although I am very against it), and it would go very well with a few drops of milk. Duo to its very fresh character, this tea would go very well with a slice of lemon as well, just as Hatvala recommends.
An excellent and very affordable tea with a lot of freshness, a lot of flavor and leaves that can be re-steeped several times. Visually maybe not the most attractive one, but this is compensated with well balanced character and freshness. Very good tea for daily drinking, especially for those who like their tea with lemon, milk or sugar.