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Oolong Tea

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. For my money though, I believe the best Oolong teas come from Taiwan, and we offer an unrivalled range of these, also included here.
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  1. Black Dragon Oolong

    Black Dragon Oolong

    This heavily oxidised Oolong is close to a good black Chinese tea in character but has less strength. This mildness makes it an extremely popular afternoon tea. Learn More
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  2. Earl Grey Oolong

    Earl Grey Oolong

    Refreshing and gentle liquor for evening drinking. Oolong tea from Taiwan has a mild, light character.

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    From £7.50

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  3. Eight Immortals Dancong Oolong

    Eight Immortals Dancong Oolong

    This very high quality Phoenix Oolong is grown at 1050 metres and is grown on the first generation of tea bushes cloned from the famous 'Song Dynasty' trees. Its character and fragrance belongs to the Zhi Lan type, which translates as 'Purple Orchid'. Its profound aroma also resembles tropical fruits, nectarines and peach. It has a silky quality in the mouth and leaves a long lasting flavour in the mouth. It offers many infusions from the same leaves.

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  4. Tie Guan Yin Oolong

    Tie Guan Yin Oolong

    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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  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. Jasmine Iron Goddess Oolong

    Jasmine Iron Goddess Oolong

    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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  7. Red Robe Da Hong Pao Oolong

    Red Robe Da Hong Pao 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 subtle aftertaste of toasted bread./p> Learn More

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  8. 'Honey Mountain' Royal Oolong

    Honey Mountain Royal Oolong

    I had often imagined a tea being made that could combine my two favourite oolong teas into one. I also imagined it would be impossible. I'm sure you will imagine how thrilled I am that someone has done it! Our supplier in Taiwan made this tea in the summer as an experiment. Needless to say it is a resounding success! Whilst not an ‘Oriental Beauty’ tea it has much in common, sharing the need for insects to bite the leaves. Naturally, it too has the beautiful honey, fruit and floral character found in ‘Oriental Beauty’ but also some of the buttery, green and cooler flavours found in a top 'Jade' Oolong. It differs from other 'Oriental Beauty' teas for some important reasons. Firstly, it is grown in a different place and much higher up the mountain at 1500 metres. Learn More

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  9. King Phoenix Song Zhong Oolong

    King Phoenix Song Zhong Oolong

    Song Zhong Wang, which means 'King of Song Dynasty Kind' is the very best type of Phoenix Dancong Oolong. It has been famous for over 900 years and this batch was grown on wild tea trees over 600 years old. In examples of the very best tea, such as the one you are trying, this will be carried out by a tea master. A true master will bring out the ‘four spirits’ of beautiful appearance, glossy coloured leaf, rich aroma and sweet taste. This batch has a unique and powerful, floral fragrance with a fruity, refreshing and light flavour.

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