Good Doong Pan tea must afford the standard of color, shape, taste and bring a cherry sense for the user.
Doong Pan area of Doc Lap Commune, Quang Uyen District, Cao Bang has a cool climate and old alluvial soils, which are suitable for growing tea trees. Old people in the area told us that in the past, tea trees were only available in the forest. Since 1960, people in the hamlets of Doong Pan 1, Doong Pan 2 and Doong Pan 3 have been planting in the surrounding hills.
Stunning scenery on Doong Pan tea hill
Doong Pan tea is a specialty of Cao Bang province. Tea buds are dried and dark green, the surface of the tea leaves has natural white spots, the leaves are curly. Especially, the water of boiled tea will have the light yellow color and unique aroma.
Doong Pan tea is bestowed by the people as the number-one kind of tea not only because of their small number, but also because of their special taste – bitter but still fine. Tea has a pleasant aroma and special charming taste thanks to charcoal kitchen smoke.
Doong Pan tea is a specialty of this land
The good tea must have the yellow of honey, the leaf must be curved like a hook, the taste of tea must be strong and be able to bring you from this taste to another taste, finally, the aroma must bring the refreshing feeling to people who drink it.
The tea tree here is accustomed to local weather, so it grows well without the human hand. Each year, people harvest 2 crops. Spring season starts from March to June, winter season starts from September to the end of the year. If the tea has just been planted, after about 2 years, the owners can collect buds. Tea buds are processed into dried tea, and fresh tea leaves can be prepared for drinking water or baby bath water.
Making a good tea is an art
Although it is an additional job, but in Doong Pan, the tea tree has got into the memory of many generations. Each generation passes, old people continue to convey the experience in drying, brewing tea for their children to preserve and promote a particular trait.
At present, there are nearly 60 households cultivating and selling tea. The other families just plant to serve their daily drinking need, or give the guests as a gift.