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Scott Dorsey
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Default Vietnamese Tea

Someone asked a week or so ago about Vietnamese tea. I don't know very
much about it, but what I do know is that most of the tea drunk in Vietnam
proper is flavoured tea. Most popular are a jasmine tea "Saigon tea" that
is reminiscent of the Chinese yellow-box tea, and a distant second is
lotus tea "Hue tea" or "tra sen" which my wife describes as tasting
like rotting flowers.

I rather like both of these, and both of them are made from cheap commodity
tea with flowers added to it. I don't know about pesticide use (although
given the economic necessities I would doubt there was very much), and
I know really nothing about higher grade teas from Vietnam.

I will say that I recently tried the "Vietnam Orange Pekoe" from Uptons
and was very impressed. It had a strong flavour almost reminiscent of
clove, but clearly not eugenol/clove itself. Very aromatic. I know a
lot of folks turn their nose up at anything with an OP marking on the
box, but I urge you to try this. It's only a couple bucks and I think it
is a fine drinking tea at an excellent price.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."