Fine Vietnamese Teas

Why Vietnamese teas? Why Vietnamese Oolong teas? The answer is simple: In all the tasting and testing we have done for teas from many of the top producing countries, like China and Taiwan, we have found that large-scale production demands from the commercial market and other factors seem to have interfered with the art of tea production in a similar way to how trade interference and commercial demands affected the coffees in regions like South America. In other words, “they don’t make it like they used to!”

The small-tucked-away tea industry of Vietnam seems to just go one better every time on all the teas we have found there – Green, Blooming Silver Needle, and now Oolong. If you love tea, you really want to try and compare Vietnamese tea with your favorites.

What can we say? It’s Just Better!

Green Tea

Minimally-processed Vietnamese green tea is gently rolled and steamed, without fermentation. This preserves the tea’s aroma and healthful antioxidants, and provides a very pure-tasting tea. Vietnamese tea-drinkers often enjoy their tea scented with flowers, usually jasmine.

Phuc Long Teas

Like jasmine green tea, lotus tea is regular green tea that has been scented with lotus blossoms. You can tell this is a natural scent because a few lotus petals remain in the mix as proof (they enhance the aroma, too!). As is traditional for lotus tea, this is a “sticks and leaves” tea, meaning it contains both the top leaves and the tip of their stem, to complement the lotus flavor.

If you’ve never tried lotus tea, you’ve been missing out! It’s always a smash hit when we taste-test it at markets and parties. The lotus aroma is difficult to describe, but it has hints of chamomile and a subtle richness. It’s also a bit naturally sweet. Particularly refreshing when iced!

This tea can be brewed two or three times (in fact, it tastes even better on the second brew), making it a good value for such a fine tea.

Phuc Long Lotus Green Tea

Like jasmine green tea, lotus tea is regular green tea that has been scented with lotus blossoms. You can tell this is a natural scent because a few lotus petals remain in the mix as proof (they enhance the aroma, too!). As is traditional for lotus tea, this is a “sticks and leaves” tea, meaning it contains both the top leaves and the tip of their stem, to complement the lotus flavor.

If you’ve never tried lotus tea, you’ve been missing out! It’s always a smash hit when we taste-test it at markets and parties. The lotus aroma is difficult to describe, but it has hints of chamomile and a subtle richness. It’s also a bit naturally sweet. Particularly refreshing when iced!

This tea can be brewed two or three times (in fact, it tastes even better on the second brew), making it a good value for such a fine tea.

Phuc Long Classic Green Tea

Pure, fresh green tea. Nothing added. Clean, bright flavor and delicate aroma. Lightly astringent on the first brew, smooth on the second brew.

This tea can be brewed two or three times (in fact, it tastes even better on the second brew), making it a good value for such a fine tea.

Phuc Long Jasmine Green Tea

Pure green tea, scented with jasmine petals. The jasmine aroma is distinct but not overpowering. This is a very balanced tea, and very fresh-tasting. A few natural jasmine petals remain in the tea, enhancing the aroma and demonstrating its authenticity.

This tea can be brewed two or three times (in fact, it tastes even better on the second brew), making it a good value for such a fine tea.

Oolong Tea

The Vietnamese take on Oolong is a very lightly-oxidized tea, fresher-tasting and closer to green tea than Chinese oolong, yet smooth and rich.

Tam Chau Origami Flower Oolong

This top-quality Oolong tea, similar to Formosa’s Oolong 18, begins as tightly-folded tea buds, each containing two or three leaves. When brewed, they unfold, origami-like, into charming tea flowers floating in a lovely jade-green cup.

This lightly-fermented Oolong has a fresher, more delicate taste than most Oolongs, and will appeal both to lovers of Oolong and those who usually prefer classic green tea. Its flavor and aroma develop in your mouth to give three distinct experiences: the initial sip, then the mouth-filling flavor, and finally the lovely and persistent aftertaste. This tea is so loved by our customers that we actually ship to dozens of customers in Russia through a shipper/consolidator!

Tam Chau Oolong Tea Bags

Our first oolong tea that comes in teabags! This oolong tea is robust and smooth, moderately aged for an amber-colored cup. This is as close as possible to the flavor of a premium loose-leaf tea, with the convenience and portability of a teabag. It’s attractively packaged in its foil-imprinted box, making it an excellent gift.

Blooming Tea (Dragonflowers)

The ancient traditional craft of hand-sewing white (Silver Needle) tea leaves into decorative shapes originated in China but spread to Vietnam along with many other cultural artifacts. These tight spheres of premium white tea expand in hot water to reveal a beautiful and delicate flower, with a colorful blossom in the center. In Vietnam, these works of art are called Dragonflower Teas. They have other terms of reference worldwide, such as Tea Posies, Display Teas, and Tea Flowers. Silver Needle tea is a special cultivar, classified as a white tea, but with a stronger flavor than most white tea, and no bitterness.

Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Lily

This exciting new blooming tea is unique: instead of the more typical floral aroma, this tea has a distinctive pineapple scent, and a fruity taste reminiscent of apricots! The fruit elements come from the pretty coral lily in the center of the well-formed bundle of silver needle tea leaves. Each can brew 3 pots of tea, or about 16-20 cups of tea. Particularly fabulous served over ice.

The Jasmine Phoenix Dragonflower contains a sunny orange Lily blossom with a cluster of real white Jasmine flowers extending upwards. The Silver Needle tea is delicate with a full flavor but no bitterness, and a gentle Jasmine scent from the flower. Each Jasmine Phoenix Dragonflower can brew 3 pots of tea, or about 16-20 cups of tea. Three Dragonflowers in a re-usable display jar are available.

Fully bloomed Dragonflower

The pretty Water Lily is particularly charming, since it floats to the surface of your teapot before settling to the bottom, and then extends its delicate leaves to give the impression of a serene lilypad with a brightly-colored water lily in the center. Lightly scented with jasmine.

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