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New Zealand Oolong

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Something seriously special for those who know their oolongs…

Oolongs are among the most sought-after teas in the world and those who know their oolong will be intrigued by this outstanding New Zealand variety, the only tea of its kind.

Situated in the lush wine-growing district around the city of Hamilton, the tea garden was first established in 2000 by a family from Taiwan - the home of some of the world's most famous oolongs. Bringing over specialist organic Taiwanese tea bushes and artisan techniques passed down through generations, the family produced their first crop in 2009. It was quite an experiment but the result was a resounding success; their remarkable oolongs have gained quite a reputation.

We've chosen a high roasted or 'dark' oolong, created by repeatedly rolling and firing the leaf at carefully controlled temperatures, allowing for just enough oxidation to create that roasted, almost biscuity flavour while preserving the sweet floral notes and buttery texture.


The Great Taste Awards have been described as the Oscars of the food world—so you can imagine we were pretty chuffed when our New Zealand Oolong won a coveted two star award this year. The judges praised its “buttery and nutty notes” and “soft fruit, peachy flavours”.

  • Tea Type

    Oolong Tea

  • Origin

    New Zealand

  • Taste Profile

    Nutty, Rich

  • Tastes like

    Thick and rich with a nutty biscuit hit

  • Food pairing

    Pair this special oolong with a good vanilla ice-cream

  • When to drink

    Early evening, just before supper

Brew the perfect cup

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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* * * * * Truly Amazing Tea! by Cathy Green on 3rd April 2016

Coming from NZ, I had no idea tea was grown there...until now! Was really fortunate enough to try this in the shop on Haymarket, London. Tasted light and smokey, not to heavy or over powering, just right! If anyone is looking to try an Oolong tea, then this would be the ideal tea for a first timer to try. One of the best teas I have tasted...truly delicious!


New Zealand

New Zealand is famed for its exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, and the temperate climate and rich volcanic soil of the Waikato region has also proved perfect for tea growing. We’ve sourced our rather extraordinary New Zealand oolong from a tea garden situated in the lush, wine-growing district north of Hamilton, first established by a family of Taiwanese tea masters in 2000.

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