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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. Silvertip

    Silvertip Oolong Tea

    Flowery but deep infusion with a flavour reminiscent of peach skin, honey & chestnuts. A mild, enjoyable evening drink taken in the Chinese way with a few leaves scattered on the bottom of a bowl that can be repeatedly brewed. Learn More
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  2. King of Ginseng Cha Wan

    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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  3. '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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  4. 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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  5. Ice Peak Evergreen Oolong

    Ice Peak Evergreen Oolong

    An oolong 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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  6. 'Ancestor Mountain' Gabalong Honey Oolong

    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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  7. '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

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  8. '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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  9. 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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