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Spiced African Oolong
$12.5 / 50g
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Tasting Notes: Smooth floral and spice flavours.

Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves, cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom pod, nutmeg, liquorice root, orange peel, star anise.

Origin: Kenya, Indonesia, India, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Spain, USA, Vietnam

Caffeine Content: Medium

Water Temperature: 206º F / 97º C

Steep Time: 3-6 minutes

Suggested Serving: 1 tsp / 8oz

Let this tea transport you on a sensory journey with it’s rich heady spices and wonderful oolong splendour.

A rare find from Kenya, this oolong tea is meticulously crafted in small batches.  Hand plucked, withered, tossed, panned, rolled and then dried, these complex processing steps result in an exquisite cup of tea.

Our Kenyan teas are the only ones that are plucked, processed and shipped from small scale farmers!  Pesticide free.  Artisanal tea leaves – you will be amazed at the giant tea leaves steeping deliciousness in your cup.  Combine these leaves with our wonderful spices and you will be whisked far away to exotic lands!

Jin Xuan Milk Oolong
$18 / 50g
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Tasting Notes: Smooth, milky, buttery finish

Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves

Origin: Taiwan

Region: Alishan

Water Temperature: 190 F / 88 C

Steep Time: 3-5 minutes

Suggested Serving: 1 tsp / 8oz

There is quite a bit of misunderstanding about what milk oolongs are, and sadly there are many low-quality examples of this fine tea dogging about, too. Milk oolong is really a buyer-beware situation, and as premium tea retailers we usually avoid walking right into the eye of the storm when it comes to tea controversy and confusion.

But real milk oolongs are so good that we wanted to shed some light on what milk oolong is and what it isn’t and introduce the real-deal to our customers.

Simply put, milk oolongs are lovely, sweet, lightly-roasted semiball-rolled style oolongs produced in different regions of Taiwan from a particular tea bush cultivar – Jin Xuan (Tai Cha #12 ). This cultivar is sometimes referred to as Golden Lily.

All of Taiwan’s great oolongs begin with specific tea bush cultivars that, in conjunction with the unique terroir of each location, influence the flavour of the tea. Although Jin Xuan is a relatively new cultivar (developed in the 1980’s) it is now one of Taiwan’s four main tea cultivars (dozens of cultivars and varietals are grown throughout Taiwan) and the cultivar behind the marketing of milk oolong tea.

It is the flavour of the fresh leaves from these tea bushes that is transformed into the soft, creamy, ‘milky’ flavour which makes this tea so desirable. Try our milk oolong and you will see that it has very little astringency and an abundance of natural sweetness. This tea has been given a very light roasting, which enhances the milk fragrance – nai xiang – of the tea.

Real milk oolong tea is very appealing and delicious, and very popular in Taiwan and abroad. However, it is important to understand that absolutely no milk is involved in the production of real Taiwan ‘milk’ tea.

Anyway, our customers can rest assured that our milk oolong is the real milk oolong, and should not be confused with Chinese imitations of milk oolongs or low-quality teas that have been artificially flavoured with a so-called ‘milk’ flavour. Real milk oolong is a natural Taiwan original, and has never seen the white-soul of the inside of a bottle of milk.

Its production requires special attention to time, temperature, altitude and soil conditions. This special growing region, and process is what gives this tea its natural creaminess, milk flavour and silky texture. Our Milk Jin Xuan Taiwanese oolong produces a pale yellow infusion, with the milky sweet fragrance and smooth, slightly sweet taste that lingers on and on, this is one tea you cannot forget.

Price: Starting at $18 / 50g

Peach and Mango Oolong
$11.5 / 50g
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Tasting Notes: Rich autumnal flavour of ripened peaches with lingering hints of oak and a long honey finish.

Ingredients: Oolong tea, Mango + Peach pieces, Plum+Sunflower+Calendula petals

Origin: China, Thailand, France

Caffeine Content: Low

Water Temperature: 190 F / 88 C

Steep Time:  3-5 minutes

Suggested Serving: 1 tsp / 8oz

Delightful and refreshing, this wonderfully distinctive tea exhibits a rich Autumnal flavour of ripened peaches and mangos with lingering hints of oak and a long honey finish.

Lightly peach with blushing delicious astringency enhancing a Ti Kuan Yin Oolong.

Price: Starting at $11.5 / 50g

Big Red Robe
$15 / 50g
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Tasting Notes: Initial mineral taste, followed by sweet, floral notes then finishes wonderfully with a slightly astringent, mouth watering aftertaste.

Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves

Origin: China

Region: Wuyi Mountains

Water Temperature: 190 F / 88 C

Steep Time: 3-5 minutes

Suggested Serving: 1 tsp / 8oz

Easily the most famous wulong tea in China.  We know by the name, “Da Hong Pao,” that it is the product of three hundred years of innovation, studious agriculture, and fantastical lore.  Modern Da Hong Pao is a tea maker’s blend of leaves from bushes local to Wuyi Mountain, where wulong tea was first invented in the 16th century.

The name “Da Hong Pao” (or “Big Red Robe” in English) is alleged to have come from a few different stories; some stories that say its tea bushes were so revered that they were cloaked in red robes by imperial officials, while others simply claim the name was a poetic description for the color of local tea bushes when dusk light is cast through their newly grown leaves.  Whatever the case, for at least the last century, the characters “Da Hong Pao” have been carved in a rock beside a cliff perched garden on Wuyi Mountain.  The few bushes in this tiny garden are the ancestral material for the modern Big Red Robe.

Price: Starting at $15 / 50g

Brandy Oolong Ruby-18
$30 / 50g
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Tasting Notes: It is complex and long in the mouth.  Its flavour profile includes sugar, caramel, cocoa and cinnamon.

Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves

Origin: Taiwan

Region: Nantou

Water Temperature: 190 F / 88 C

Steep Time: 3-5 minutes

Suggested Serving: 1 tsp / 8oz

Brandy Oolong is made from a special cultivar of the tea plant unique to Taiwan (TTES 18), this offering is a highly oxidized (85-90%) oolong tea that has only recently been introduced to western tea enthusiasts. Also known as “Ruby-18″, this style of oolong was initially created by crossing the Assamica tea varietal with the native tea plant to produce a tea that has become the favourite for tea enthusiasts of every age. When brewed, it has a rich caramel colour similar to a fine aged brandy.

Brandy Oolong’s rich and amber brew hints of spice, cinnamon and caramel malt notes.

It is wonderfully smooth and complex, without any bitterness and has an excellent sweet finish! Our Brandy Oolong, Ruby-18 has quickly become one of our favourites and will become one of yours as well!

Price: Starting at $30 / 50g

Safari Oolong
$13.5 / 50g
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Tasting Notes: Smooth floral and fruit flavours.

Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves

Origin: Kenya

Region: Nandi Hills

Water Temperature: 190 F / 88 C

Steep Time: 3-5 minutes

Suggested Serving: 1 tsp / 8oz

A rare find from Kenya, this oolong tea is meticulously crafted in small batches.  Hand plucked, withered, tossed, panned, rolled and then dried, these complex processing steps result in an exquisite cup of tea.

Our Kenyan teas are the only ones that are plucked, processed and shipped from small scale farmers!  Pesticide free.  Artisanal tea leaves – you will be amazed at the giant tea leaves steeping deliciousness in your cup.  Once unfurled, you can see the actual whole leaf that the farmer carefully hand – plucked from their Nandi Hills tea garden.

Price: Starting at $13.5 / 50g

Oolong
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Spiced African Oolong
Tasting Notes: Smooth floral and spice flavours. Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves, cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom pod, nutmeg, liquorice root, orange peel, star anise. Origin: ... Read More
$12.5 / 50g
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Jin Xuan Milk Oolong
Tasting Notes: Smooth, milky, buttery finish Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves Origin: Taiwan Region: Alishan ... Read More
$18 / 50g
Peach and Mango Oolong Image
Peach and Mango Oolong
Tasting Notes: Rich autumnal flavour of ripened peaches with lingering hints of oak and a long honey finish. Ingredients: Oolong tea, Mango + Peach pieces, Plum+Sunflower+Calendula petals ... Read More
$11.5 / 50g
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Big Red Robe
Tasting Notes: Initial mineral taste, followed by sweet, floral notes then finishes wonderfully with a slightly astringent, mouth watering aftertaste. Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves ... Read More
$15 / 50g
Brandy Oolong Ruby-18 Image
Brandy Oolong Ruby-18
Tasting Notes: It is complex and long in the mouth.  Its flavour profile includes sugar, caramel, cocoa and cinnamon. Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves Origin: Taiwan ... Read More
$30 / 50g
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Safari Oolong
Tasting Notes: Smooth floral and fruit flavours. Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves Origin: Kenya Region: Nandi Hills W... Read More
$13.5 / 50g