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You may have heard talk of the health benefits of oolong: containing a number of antioxidant polyphenols, the tea is reputed to promote weight loss, reduce cholesterol and help control blood pressure. This rather extraordinary style of oolong has been specifically designed to be high in GABA (Gamma-amino butyric acid), an amino acid said to help calm the nerves and relax the body.
For those intrigued by the ins and outs of tea technology, the GABA technique involves exposing the fresh tea leaves to nitrogen rather than oxygen during the traditional process of oxidation. First developed in Japan in 1987, the technique was soon taken on board by Taiwanese tea masters who combined centuries of artisan craftsmanship with new scientific insights. The result is a distinctly smooth oolong with rich fruit undertones and a thick, creamy body; we'd compare the taste to soft, ripe apricots, with a suggestion of plum and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Deeply fruity, with notes of apricot, plum and cinnamon
A rich fruit loaf to match the fruit flavours in the tea
If you're feeling frazzled
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.
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Taiwan is home to some of the world’s finest oolongs, from sweet and buttery varieties grown at high altitudes to darkly roasted oolongs with a robust, nutty taste. The Taiwanese tea industry was first established when tea workers from Fujian in China crossed the Taiwanese straits in the mid 17th century, profiting from the soaring altitudes of Northern and Central Taiwan to create some of the world’s most spectacular tea gardens. Unlike the large plantations of China, India and Sri Lanka, these smaller tea gardens tend to be family run, creating tastes unique to the particular terrain.
We've chosen the number 87 for this tea to reflect the date the technique was first developed.
If you know your oolongs, you'll soon see there's something seriously special about this rare New Zealand variety. Cultivated in the wine district of Hamilton, this extraordinary oolong has been crafted according to ancient artisan techniques brought over from Taiwan. The taste is distinct for its highly roasted notes and rich, biscuity finish there's nothing quite like itMore Details
This highly prized Taiwanese tea is the pride of our collection. Named for the beautiful jade green colour of the leaf, high-grown jade oolongs are famed for their creamy, almost buttery taste, crafted with supreme skill by artisan tea masters. Rolled by hand into elegant pearls, the leaves can be brewed multiple times, unfurling a little more with each infusion.More Details
Tales tell of a miraculous tea bush, in Fujian Province, wrapped in red robes to protect it from the elements Otherwise known as Da Hong Pao', this world-famous tea has a sweet, substantial body with deep cocoa notes and a tinge of forest woodsmoke. You'll find the strong espresso' depth is balanced by a mineral freshness and a stone-fruit aroma.More Details
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