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Taiwanese Tea

Taiwanese Teas | Imperial Teas

An interesting variety of high quality teas are grown on the island of Taiwan on Chinese bushes planted three hundred years ago. The most famous of which are the type known as 'Oolong'. These partially oxidised teas with gentle, smooth and rounded liquor and alleged health benefits offer varied characteristics to their Chinese counterparts. This is partly due to the island's famous 'Yellow' soil and many micro-climates but also to the impeccable care taken to process the leaves and the great variety of strains of tea bush used. They are split into two types, 'Amber' which produce a darker though very smooth infusion and 'Jade', which are greener and can be brewed many times over. Both are exquisite teas with characters ranging from subtle floral notes to hints of fruit flavours and aromas and are very relaxing. Although some of these teas fetch some of the highest prices in the world they are surprisingly economical as they can be rebrewed 7-8 times! Taiwan produces the best oolong tea in the world. It's unique growing environment is due to both its geographical position and its mountainous terrain. This year I have also been introduced, by Taiwan's premier grower, to some delightful and little known 'Black' and 'White' teas and can very much recommend giving them a try. I have also learned this year that Taiwan's tea culture, varieties and history are worthy of a book to themselves and have opened up a whole new voyage of discovery for myself. Anyway, our collection truly contains the best teas of each type found in Taiwan and until we recently imported them, only to be found in Taiwan.

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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. 'Sun Moon Lake' Gabalong Black

    Ali Shan Black Gabalong Tea

    In order to make this, we have had to use tea leaves from very high up the mountains, where the best quality is found. Higher quality, higher 'Gaba' content to start with. Normally, these leaves are made into the famous 'Jade Oolong' of Taiwan and in actual fact the farmer we have worked with does not understand why we want to do this! However, we British love our black tea, our customers have asked for it and so it has arrived! It has a lovely, malty character with hints of raisins and chocolate and is very smooth. Learn More

    Earn 26 loyalty points.

  3. Si Ji Ever Spring

    Si Ji Ever Spring

    Si Ji Chun is the cultivar selected to make this black tea, and only the best hand plucked summer tea leaves, which have a very high catechin content make the grade. The tea leaves, tight and dark black, produce a deep red, lingering liquor, which tastes smooth, sugar cane sweet and with a strong fragrance and flavour of cinnamon and nutmeg. As with all Taiwanese teas this manages to combine complex floral and fruit flavours with a rich, malty body to make every sip taste different to the last. This special tea is made in Zhu Shan in Nantou County, a famous tea growing area. Learn More

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  4. 'Honey' Hon Cha

    Honey Hon Cha

    Without a doubt, my favourite black tea. It is delicious without milk but more so with! This hand picked tea is also processed skilfully by hand to produce its elegant spiral shape. Just 500kgs are made a year due to the fact it is made from leaves that have been bitten by tiny insects. This only happens for a couple of weeks in the early summer. It is the damage done to the leaf and the secretions from the leaf to repair itself that give the tea its sweet, honeylike flavour. Most of this type of tea is made into the famous 'Oriental Beauty', also known as Dong Fang Mei Ren. Learn More

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  5. '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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  6. Bi Yu Blue Heart

    Bi Yu Blue Heart

    This new cultivar, number 19 as recognised by the Taiwan Tea Research and extension Station, is also known as “blue heart ". This small leaf tea cultivar is protected by a patent, owned Mr Kang, who created it and cannot be planted except by agreement, to preserve the quality associated with this high profile tea. They have unravelled the gene data of the variety to make discovery of fake Bi Yu easier to expose. Its strong aroma of ripe fruits and sweet, malty, smooth taste, and rich, sappy liquor with hints of nectarine have made it a much sought after treasure. It is grown a short distance from Taipei City in the "Three Gorges” area. Learn More

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  7. 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

    Earn 17 loyalty points.

  8. 'Ali Shan' Gabalong Green

    Ali Shan Green Gabalong Tea

    Our Gabalong is made with high quality tea to guarantee maximum GABA content, twice the requirement to be classified as such a tea. This batch has a mild, almost creamy character with a distinctive mango fragrance. Made from tea leaves picked and processed into green tea on Ali Shan, or 'Ancestor Mountain' as it is known. Learn More

    Earn 29 loyalty points.

  9. '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

    Earn 14 loyalty points.

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