The origins of our Taiwanese Oolong Tea with Ginseng
Sweet, fresh and invigorating, our Ginseng oolong is made from the finest, lightly oxidised tea leaves, rolled into bold, khaki-coloured balls. Infused with ground ginseng root, this outstanding loose-leaf tea has a mild, fruity aroma combined with a distinctive earthiness – a classic combination that's especially enjoyable after a meal.
Taken together, the two antioxidant-rich ingredients in this yellow-green infusion offer a delightfully floral and earthy flavour which gives way to notes of roasted nut and tingling mint, with the pleasant lingering aftertaste of ginseng.
Enjoy this brew after food, as a healthy afternoon tea or whenever you feel like you need a pick-me-up.
What are the health benefits of this Ginseng tea?
Combining the antioxidant richness of oolong with immune-boosting ginseng, our Taiwanese Ginseng tea comes with several potential health benefits. For centuries, the Chinese have touted the health benefits of oolong tea: as an aid to weight loss, cardiovascular function and improved cognition. And recent studies have shown that drinking a couple of cups of oolong per day may indeed help break down fat while you're sleeping due to the tea's metabolism-boosting capabilities.
Meanwhile, the gnarled roots of slow-growing ginseng – usually only harvested for medicinal purposes when the plant is six years of age and up – contain active ingredients called ginsenosides. Research indicates these may have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunostimulant properties, and be particularly effective in promoting energy, reducing stress and menopausal symptoms and helping to prevent bouts of colds and flu. Like oolong, ginseng may also benefit brain function, helping to ward off diseases such as Alzheimer's, while also being effective in lowering the risk of certain cancers.
What is Taiwanese Oolong?
Also known as wulong ('black dragon'), oolong is a semi-oxidised tea, which is why it's often referred to as being halfway between a green and a black tea. Oolong teas originally hail from the province of Fujian, China, which lies just 315km from the island of Taiwan, across the Taiwan Strait. In the early 19th century, Camellia sinensis seedlings were brought from China to Taiwan, then called Formosa, and by the late 1860s, production and export of Taiwanse tea was underway. Foremost among these teas was what became popular in Britain and the US as Formosan oolong.
Today, Taiwan's oolongs are renowned the world over, accounting for some 90% of total national tea production. Large tracts of Taiwan's spectacular mountainous terrain are given over to tea gardens, with the country's many microclimates and different elevations perfectly suited to oolong's idiosyncratic personality; this, after all, is a tea of a thousand nuanced incarnations. On the whole, however, what differentiates Taiwan's oolongs from many of their Chinese counterparts is their overall lower levels of oxidation (usually in the range of 8-70%) – making for generally lighter, greener styles of tea.
Alternatives to Ginseng oolong tea
For an alternative to this luxury Taiwanese tea, why not try a caddy of our ginseng-infused Chinese Jade, grown and harvested in the mountains of Fujian, China's most famous oolong-producing region. If you're looking for an everyday option, you can't go past our Four Seasons Taiwanese tea – earthy-sweet, with a mild, nutty character, it's an easy way to get your oolong fix. When you're ready to try one of China's most sought-after teas, secure yourself an order of rich and complex Phoenix Honey Orchid. Or how about a white tea? Filled with antioxidants and floral flavours from its spring flush, our White Peony is another plush and fruity option from Fujian.
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