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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. Ancestor Mt. Honey Oolong Gabalong Tea

    Ancestor Mt. Honey Oolong Gabalong Tea

    This high grown, hand picked tea is grown on the Ali Mountain in central Taiwan. The special processing that increases the health giving Gamma Amino Butyric Acid content also changes the flavour of this tea too. It is very soft and mellow with a honey like quality that, health benefits aside, make it worthwhile drinking. To qualify as being a 'gabaron' tea and to give the required recommended dosage it must have 150mg per 100g of GABA, this contains over twice that amount. Learn More

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  2. 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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  3. Honey Mountain Royal Gue Fei Taiwan Oolong Tea

    Honey Mountain Royal Gue Fei Taiwan Oolong Tea

    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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  4. Deer Valley Gabalong Oolong

    Deer Valley Gabalong Oolong

    This Gabalong oolong tea has almost twice as much GABA content than is required to be classified as Gaba tea. 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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  5. 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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  6. Ice Peak Classic Taiwan Oolong Tea

    Ice Peak Classic Taiwan Oolong Tea

    The infusion is sweet with a lingering taste malty taste and a fragrance reminiscent of orchard fruits and high mountain pines. Due to its slightly higher roasting the green flavours found in other Jade Oolong changes to a fruitier character. One of the interesting ways careful processing can bring out desired characteristics from the same raw leaves. Learn More

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  7. Royal Rose Taiwan Oolong Tea

    Royal Rose Taiwan Oolong Tea

    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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  8. Ice Peak Evergreen Taiwan Oolong Tea

    Ice Peak Evergreen Taiwan Oolong Tea

    This oolong is grown in the Deer Valley in Taiwan's Nantou County, close to the famous Dong Ding or Tung Ting Peak. This is from the premium spring flush and so yields a fresh, floral green or a 'Jade' style oolong. There is a butteriness in the aroma and cup due to its light oxidation, which also brings a Camellia and Lilac flavour out of the tea. Oolong tea like green tea is rich in healthy polyphenols which remove free radicals from the body. Chinese doctors also recommend it for helping to control obesity by activating the enzyme responsible for dissolving triglyceride (fatty deposits) and enhancing the function of fat metabolism. Of course more important than this is that it makes a delightful cup of tea! Learn More

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  9. King of Ginseng Oolong Tea

    King of Ginseng Oolong Tea

    This fine oolong leaf is rolled with ginseng to produce a very healthy tea. The delicious flavour of the tea is complemented by the sweet aftertaste of the ginseng which lingers pleasantly in the mouth for ages. It gets sweeter as it cools and through its many infusions. Learn More

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