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'Wu Long' or Oolong Tea

'Wu Long' or Oolong Tea

Oolong or 'Wu Long' translates as Black Dragon and refers to a method of production that produces a tea somewhere between oxidised black tea and non-oxidised green tea. This is why they are sometimes known as semi-oxidised and in China "Blue" teas. Dependent on how oxidised they are, we are given an incredible variety of spectacular flavours and fragrances to experience. The processing of these highest quality oolongs is carried out by a tea master whose experience and technique will have been learned over at least thirty years and is as important as the growing conditions to the quality of the final product. They are rich in antioxidants, are believed to lower cholesterol and aid digestion and relaxation. Although the prices of the most famous varieties may seem a little high it is worth pointing out that the same leaves will withstand between 8 to 10 infusions making each cup cost just a few pence. China's 'Famous' oolong producing areas are Wuyi Mt, Anxi Mt and Fenhuang or 'Phoenix' Mt. These three places produce three distinctly different styles of tea and very varying characteristics within their own area. Working your way through the sample size packets of these remarkable teas is a very rewarding and eye opening experience for the tea lover. This tea is, unfortunately, often sold on its alleged weight reducing properties, Victoria Beckham claiming it to be part of her regime in staying slim. I cannot comment on its efficacy, but drunk in its leaf form it remains about a fifth of the price of the tea bags, filled with the lowest grade tea, I've seen advertised on the internet. 

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  1. Tie Guan Yin China Oolong Tea

    Tie Guan Yin China Oolong Tea

    The original shape of the silky textured, delicate and glossy leaves emerges from the skilfully rolled pellets of this famous tea. These leaves are fringed and spotted with an iron red colour given by the partial exhibition. It is this that gives it the deliciously butterscotch fragrance and sweet, fruity flavour that typify the best Tie Guan Yin teas. This famous Oolong is grown on the highest peak in Anxi. It takes its name from the Iron Goddess of Mercy.

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  2. Water Sprite Mi Lan Phoenix Dancong Oolong

    Water Sprite Mi Lan Phoenix Dancong Oolong

    The tea releases a remarkable fruit and floral fragrance and soft fruit flavour which lingers in the mouth for hours and in the cup for days! This is perfectly balanced by the trademark refreshing astringency, like the flesh and zest of a tangerine. This is from the highest graded group of Phoenix or Fenghuang oolongs known as 'Dancong' (meaning single tree). This one grows in the Xiangyun area on a mountain at an altitude of 300 metres. The bushes are cloned from an original tea tree and the Mi Lan strain is thought the closest in style to the famous old Song Zhong Phoenix teas.

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  3. Da Hong Pao Big Red Robe Wuyi Oolong

    Da Hong Pao Big Red Robe Wuyi Oolong

    The most renowned of the four famous 'Rock' teas of the Wuyi Mountain and one of the most highly prized of China's 'Famous Ten'. These ancient trees grow in the mineral-rich, sandy soil and yield just one pound of tea each. Believed to be one of the healthiest teas The infusion is golden coloured, with a rich, fruity fragrance and mellow, sweet taste that has a hint of apricots and a subtle aftertaste of toasted bread with Seville orange marmalade./p> Learn More

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  4. Metabolism Booster Wellbeing Blend

    Metabolism Booster Wellbeing Blend

    A blend combining the three teas, which are currently being exposed to much ado in the press regarding their alleged benefits to weight loss. It is made up of a Chinese Oolong called Da Hong Pao Red Robe, Fog Island Sencha from Japan and Chinese Pu Erh. The tea flavour is dominated by the Red Robe Oolong, with it's distinctive toasty, almost mellow pipe tobacco note and ripe fruit aftertaste. The delicate notes of the Sencha, whilst somewhat subdued by the other teas, adds a fresh edge to the cup, with the more earthy tones of the Pu Erh adding weight and body.

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  5. 'Captain Tea's' Well-Being Blend

    Captain Tea's Well-Being Blend

    In addition to Fog Island Japanese Sencha and Chinese Pu Erh teas, which are currently being exposed to much ado in the press regarding their alleged benefits to weight loss, I have added my favourite, and I believe healthiest of teas, Gabalong 'Blue' Oolong. With the final addition of our Tea of Life White Tea for good measure, if there is anything in the health aspect of tea, we should have it covered here! The tea flavour is a mellow mix, with the distinctive note of caramel and vanilla of the Gabalong tea in the foreground. The delicate notes of the Sencha, whilst somewhat subdued by the other teas, adds a fresh edge to the cup, with the more earthy tones of the Pu Erh adding weight and body. Learn More

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  6. Osmanthus Oolong

    Osmanthus Scented China Oolong Tea

    This classic blend, in the tradition of other famous flavoured teas from China, is scented with the sweet-smelling flowers of a native plant, the Osmanthus. It is found growing on the cliffs of Guilin. The base of this tea is a fine Tie Guan Yin Oolong which has a fresh, green and buttery quality that complements the honey, peach-like character of Osmanthus. Learn More

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  7. Jasmine Iron Goddess Oolong

    Jasmine Iron Goddess Oolong Tea

    A high quality Tie Guan Yin Jade Oolong from Fujian scented with night blooming Jasmine Blossom. A heady mix of sweet, rich fragrance and flavour. Oolong or 'Wu Long' teas are partly oxidised teas, which yield smooth, creamy liquors. Learn More

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