I’m taking back tea parties, y’all. After a couple years of tea parties being in the news for not-that-fun reasons, I’m ready to be excited about them again! I want tea parties to mean drinking tasty leaf-infused waters and relaxing with your friends. Maybe holding your pinkie out then tucking it back in because you feel stupid. Is that too much to ask?
I won’t keep you in suspense any longer: this week’s tea is called Thai Nguyen, a Teaism product my boss brought to us from a recent trip to D.C.
It’s a light green tea, and despite what the name may suggest, it’s a Vietnamese tea. According to my expert*, this is THE quintessential Vietnamese tea, suitable for helping you “savor the intricacies of Vietnamese tea” (I am not kidding, he really said those words to me). For my part, I found it to be a very pure expression of green tea. Great, now I’m talking like a jerk. It’s very aromatic, and can be a little bit much if you’re a sencha drinker.
With the caveat that I am not a doctor (I will offer this caveat each week, probably), I’ll tell you that green tea helps aid digestion and has anti-aging properties. It’s also mildly caffeinated, so it won’t make you get the shakes like coffee or tea or looking at a Red Bull sometimes does.
Thai Nguyen is $7.75 for 2 ounces and is available here, if you are so inclined.
* name withheld to prevent embarrassing him.