Hailing from either China or Taiwan, oolong tea is relatively uncommon in the West. Oolongs are semi–oxidized, mid–way between green and black teas. This gives them more body and complexity than a green tea, and more brightness and freshness than a black tea. The flavour of an oolong is mostly determined by oxidation level and roasting, but withering time and how the leaves are tossed, bruised, rolled, compressed and roasted all influence each tea's character.
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FORMOSA OOLONG TAIWAN OOLONG TEA
The best Oolongs come from Taiwan (Formosa) where producing Oolong tea involves highly specialized skills controlling withering, oxidation and firing which gives each variety a distinctive aroma, flavour, colour and finish. This long-fired oolong has bakey, slightly sweet, toasty notes.
BLUE SPRING OOLONG CHINESE OOLONG TEA
According to ancient legend, tea growers seeking relief from a great drought made offerings to the Iron Goddess of Mercy, by adding delicate Blue Mallow Flower petals to the tea to represent the crystal blue spring water. Notes of minerals, wheat bread and hints of dry white wine.
ORANGE BLOSSOM OOLONG CHINESE OOLONG TEA
Chinese Oolong tea is mellow, sweet, fresh and long-lasting. The flavour of orange blossoms is recreated with jasmine and dried orange pieces and a Ceylon black tea added for depth. A delicious tea which is also a stunning iced tea. Toasty roundness with exotic fruity jasmine notes.
TI KUAN YIN IRON GODDESS OOLONG CHINESE OOLONG TEA
There are several grades of Ti Kuan Yin. This particular tea is the premium grade with many of the characteristics of superior grade Ti Kuan Yin Oolongs. Sweet with a fragrant finish and no bitter notes.
NARCISSUS OOLONG CHINESE OOLONG TEA
Narcissus Oolong is considered one of Fujian Province’s finest exports. From the Wuyi region, this tea is lovingly crafted by artisans skilled in the ancient arts of Chinese tea. Notes of light floral with mild fullness reminiscent of Pondicherry red pepper, full bodied with an astringent finish.
SE CHUNG OOLONG CHINESE OOLONG TEA
The best China oolongs come from Fujian Province - in the Wuyi Mountains area. Fujian province is the historical ‘birthplace’ of China oolongs. Se Chung Oolong has a shorter fermentation time than other Oolongs from Fujian province resulting in a more subtle Oolong character.