Laos Laothang Orange Pekoe Green Tea Healthy High Quality Traditional


This is a further Laos addition to our already popular Laos black tea. It’s an absolutely delightful tea. The olive-green leaves, with some silvertips included, smell wonderfully. It makes a sunny yellow coloured tea that looks slightly hazy. Laos or officially Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a socialist state landlocked between Myanmar and China to the north, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southwest and Thailand to the west. The Somneuk Organic Project has been developed to support the ethnic minority of the Phunoi people. The tea gardens contain many ancient tea trees, and the project aims to expand and professionalise tea cultivation in the Phongsaly province. The Lao People’s Democratic government has according to the UN, in 2005, ensured poppy cultivation was reduced to marginal levels, by making it illegal to grow opium. This profitability will hopefully keep farmers away from opium cultivation, however in 2008 the UNODC survey had found that 20% of former opium growing communities had resumed poppy cultivation to generate income and for personal consumption. Laos was the largest opium producing country in the world but by 1998 had dropped to third largest. It is hoped that the farmers growing tea, coffee for export and rice and maize for local consumption will benefit all the farming communities. I really enjoyed this lovely tea, exactly everything you want in a green tea, no bitterness just great flavour and taste.

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