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No. 96

Ginseng Oolong - Loose Leaf

Taiwanese Oolong Tea

Packing the antioxidant powers of oolong and ginseng, this luxurious loose-leaf oolong from Taiwan is sweet, a little earthy and deliciously invigorating.

From: Nantou County, Taiwan

LOOSE LEAF
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8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

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2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

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From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

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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.

Learn more about Taiwanese Oolongs


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.

Upgrade your brewing game with our range of gaiwans and glassware – perfect for preparing your Ginseng oolong in style. Alternatively, our stunning Rare and Limited Gong Fu tea ceremony set makes a great gift for tea connoisseurs.

Ingredients


Taiwanese oolong tea infused with ginseng root

Tasting notes


This tea offers a distinct ginseng aroma and lemon-yellow infusion. An earthy cup with fennel notes and creamy sweet mouthfeel.

Region


Nantou is a county right at the heart of Taiwan, in its most mountainous region. There are 41 peaks listed in the county, with the island’s highest, Mount Yu, sitting at 3,952m above sea level, and 83% of the county is covered by hills or mountains. In between the peaks, there are numerous ponds and lake, including one of the island’s most cherished scenic area, Sun Moon Lake.

Learn more about the Nantou County, Taiwan

The climate range from humid subtropical (CFA) in the lower areas to temperate oceanic (CFB) on the peaks. In the valleys and lower hills, the temperatures typically range from 12°C to 22°C in the winter, and from 25°C to 33°C in the summer. Summer days are wet, oppressive and overcast, whilst the winter days are mild and mostly clear, with a calm breeze throughout the year.

The higher peaks experience much stronger winds, high humidity with steady precipitation throughout the year, and lower temperatures, with snow between December and April. Fog is common, with peaks dramatically emerging from behind clouds and mist. Due to the variety of climates and elevation, the region offers vary diverse habitats, rich in plant and animal species ranging from tropical to alpine.

How to brew

2 - 3g

2 - 3g

95°C

95°C

200ml

200ml

4 - 5mins

4 - 5mins

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