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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 known for their creamy, almost buttery taste, crafted with supreme skill by artisan tea masters.
We've sourced this particular variety from the township of Zhu Shan (Bamboo Mountain) in Nantou County, Central Taiwan. Nantou is one of the best tea producing areas in Taiwan: each plantation produces its own distinctive style of tea, varying according to the terrain, elevation, and climate conditions.
Grown at high altitudes, our Jade Oolong has a sublimely light, floral quality, very different from roasted 'dark' oolongs. The carefully controlled process of partial oxidation allows the leaves to develop a substantial flavour and a slightly fruity fragrance, while preserving the soft, silky taste and texture.
The tightly rolled tea pearls can be brewed multiple times, unfurling a little more with each infusion. You'll find the huge leaves look spectacular in a glass teapot and it's an ideal tea to try with our Cold Brew bottles.
Silky smooth, with notes of fragrant peach blossom
With peaches to match the peachy aroma of Formosa Jade Oolong
Deliciously refreshing mid-morning
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.
Light and floral Oolong tea by Richard Thomas on 3rd July 2016
Another special tasting Oolong tea from Whittards. Lighter and more easy on the palate than the Milk Oolong but with a similar floral aroma. Again, you can get several cups from just a small amount of leaves - they uncurl and expand when the hot water is poured on.
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.
The pantone code for the colour Jade Green' is 16-0228, so we've added up 16 and 228 to make the number for this tea, 244.
For those intrigued by the ins and outs of tea technology, this famous Taiwanese oolong has been specially developed to contain higher levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, reputed to calm the mind and relax the body. We'd compare the taste to soft, ripe apricots: it's velvety smooth and sweetly soothing.More Details
We've sourced our high-grown Mountain Pearls from China's famous Fujian Province, the original home of oolong tea. Ever so slightly roasted and tightly rolled into delicate pearls, the gloriously green leaves have a fresh, dewy taste, complemented by the creamy quality of the very best mountain oolongs.More Details
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
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