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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Osmanthus Oolong

    Osmanthus Oolong

    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.

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  4. Rose Oolong

    Rose Oolong

    The beautiful fragrance of Rose has long been used to impart a special flavour to tea, with which it shares some characteristics. We’ve chosen a high mountain Oolong tea as the base for this distinguished blend. The flavour lingers for an age on the palate with a long, sweetness that intensifies with each mouthful and even more so as it cools. The colour of the liquor is a deep yellow. I particularly enjoy it in the early evening. The jade oolong used to make this tea is grown at 1800 metres. Learn More

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  5. Deer Valley Blue Gabalong Oolong

    Deer Valley Blue Gabalong Oolong

    This Gabalong oolong tea has almost twice as much GABA content than is required to be classified as Gaba tea. Although lacking the complexities of flavour found in Ali Shan, it has an incredibly rich flavour in the cup. Notes of caramel toffee are complemented by the ripe fruit flavours like cooked apples. There are also hints of chocolate and mountain flower notes that flicker in the cup as it cools. A healthy and delicious tea! Learn More

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  6. Oriental Beauty Oolong Silver Medal Winner

    Oriental Beauty Oolong Silver Medal Winner

    This has perhaps more honey like flavours than the other types we have, or at least a richer, honey quality. It has as you would expect, notes of ripe fruit and flowers. A little greener in fragrance too, maybe a little pine like. In common with the other types, made in the ‘Gong Fu’ style, the beautiful leaves will yield up to ten infusions. This was a 'Silver' Medal Competition winner in the annual competition held in Miaoli, assuring a very high price for the growers hard and skilled work. Learn More

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  7. Well-Being Metabolism Booster

    Well-Being Metabolism Booster

    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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  8. 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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  9. Water Sprite Phoenix Oolong

    Water Sprite Phoenix 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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