Thursday, 28 November 2013

Lotus Tea, Saigon

I am using this opportunity to celebrate the publishing of my latest short story I am the North Pole. After writing and then editing a story, usually seven times, sometimes more. A kind, soothing cup of tea is required.

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Stop trying to control...let go of all desire for the common good, and the good becomes common as grass.
~ Lao Tzu

Lotus Tea (Tra Sen)

 Recently I have been drinking Bac Thai from the northern region of Vietnam. Bought in Hanoi this lemon yellow tea I quite like but there is a slightly bitter aftertaste which might put some tea drinkers with delicate palettes off. This is a black tea that interestingly comes out green or rather, yellow.

Lotus tea is a different colour and very gentle on the tastebuds. Before steeping it gives off a gentle aroma that is quite rich and deep. That will be the lotus leaf.

The tea is wrapped in the leaf prior to packing for market. I have been around a multitude of lotus leaves recently but didn't notice their fragrance.

Lotus tea (tra sen)

Lotus tea emanates from, amongst other sources the provinces of southern Viet Nam. It is a fresh fertile region constituted largely of highland areas between 800 and 1500 metres in altitude. The soil type and favourable climate make large-scale tea growing possible including some high quality Oolong teas.

Tea fields in the Highlands of southern Vietnam.

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During the colonial era French horticulturalists began developing the tea plant in these regions.  

Heating the pot by pouring very hot water into a china dish. The tea pot is post-war Polish and passed down from my grandmother.

Golden tea

The tea table I bought in Kunming Tea Market in north Kunming, Yunnan province, China

I use glasses to drink tea because I like to hold the tea up to the light to see the colour clearly. Tra Sen, as you can see, is an autumn gold colour and very subtle with a light peach flavour. Lotus tea is a digestive drink that increases wellbeing and creates a predilection for non-fatty foods. 

Happy tea drinking! 


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