Tây Côn Lĩnh, Hà Giàng, Vietnam

Sun-dried red tea made from spring tea leaves harvested from 500+ years old tree high in the Tây Côn Lĩnh mountains, Hà Giàng province, Vietnam. High-quality raw materials and careful traditional processing make this tea a great example of 'ancient red tea' from Vietnam. MORE

200 g cake

Cacao, nutty
Woody, chocolate

ALTITUDE: 1200+ m
HARVEST: Spring, 2023


Vietnam is known as one of the oldest tea regions in the world, with a vast area of ancient tea trees spreading from northeast to northwest. Hà Giang province is located in the northeast part of Vietnam on the border with Yunnan province, China. This region is famous for its wild ancient trees grown here for hundreds and even thousands of years. The unique climate, high altitude, rich soil, and high level of humidity create an excellent environment for tea trees to grow, which gives this tea a particularly special character and taste. This is a homeland of different minorities like Vietnamese, H'Mông, Tay, Kinh, Nung, Dao, and others, who traditionally use tea leaves as a medicine and take care of the tea trees.

Made from high-quality spring raw material harvested from 500+ years old tea trees. Harvested by the H'Mong minority high in a mountain at an altitude of about 1200 meters and processed by an experienced tea master, this tea represents traditional red tea with a special aroma, taste, and energy.

120/80 was our very first project with AN TRÀ and the Vietnamese Tea Association back in 2018 when we traveled to Hà Giang province to discover 'ancient tea'. The idea is very simple - 120/80 is the ideal blood pressure for the human body, with a much lower risk of heart disease. This tea, made from organic material, should bring a unique organoleptic experience as well as beneficial properties for tea drinker’s health. By naming this way, we would like to pay special attention to the beneficial properties of a tea leaf. We decided to press it into 200g cakes for easier and longer storage because this kind of tea only gets better with time!

SHAN TEA also known as SNOW SHAN (snow-upon-a-high-mountain) arises from the thick snow-white coat of fur that embraces each silky green tea bud. This telling feature enables the tea leaves to thrive at a height of 2000 meters above sea level, hampered by bitingly cold and frosty climate all year round. Ranging along North West Mountainous area: from Hà Giang, Yên Bái, Lào Cai to Lai Châu, Điện Biên, Sơn La ... Each of those lands is filled with Snow Shan Tea traces. Depending on the different soil conditions, climate, harvesting habits, and crafty processing methods in each province, Snow Shan Tea Taste would vary accordingly.

Dry tea leaves have a gentle and light cacao fragrance. Right after warming aroma develops into clear chocolate, woody notes. The taste is smooth and sweet, with chocolate, woody, nutty notes, and a long-lasting sweet aftertaste.

This tea can be brewed in Gongfu style or simply infused in hot water for minutes to get a deep and bold taste. This tea is perfectly brewed in Yixing clay and appreciated in a porcelain cup to enjoy the aroma and colour of the infusion. This tea can perfectly accompany chocolate-based desserts as well as more sophisticated bread-cheese-veggie combinations.

Check out our "120/80" Red Snow Shan Tea production video review!
"120/80" Red Snow Shan Tea production by AN SHIM TEA
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