This set contains 4 - 1oz premium grade oolong teas from Taiwan
Organic GABA tea is an enjoyable and pleasant-tasting rich and full-flavored, Oolong tea. The high content of natural GABA in this tea makes it an exceptionally healthy beverage. It can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Harvest Date: Spring Harvest – Late April
Growing Region: Nantou County, Central Taiwan
Elevation: 400-600 m (1,312 – 1,968 ft)
Tea Bush/Varietal: Si Ji Chuan (4 Seasons)
Also known as Gabaron tea.
Farming Methods: Natural organic farming techniques and handpicked.
Production: Ball rolled Oolong. Fresh tea leaves picked > placed inside a pressurized barrel and vacuumed until emptied of oxygen. > Infused with nitrogen & kept in barrel for 6 -10 hours > Tea leaves removed from the barrel and lightly roasted to stop halt fermentation > Rolled > Dried-Compressed > Rolled > Compressed > Re-dried > GABA Tea.
Other notes: The processing of GABA tea involves partially shading the tea leaves for about 2 weeks prior to plucking, as this assists in developing an increased presence of glutamic acid. The leaves are then exposed to nitrogen, which causes the glutamic acid to be converted to Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid. The content of GABA per 100g dry weight must not be less than 150mg in order to meet the Japanese requirements & to qualify as fine quality GABA tea.
Ali Shan is one of the most popular High Mountain Oolong teas. Grown on the slopes of the famous tea growing region of Ali Shan (Ali mountain) in Central Taiwan, it is Taiwan’s top exported High Mountain Oolong tea.
Farming Methods: Natural farming techniques and hand-picked
Elevation: 1,200-1,500 m (3,937-4,920 ft)
Production: 15-20% Oxidised.
Alishan is a major tea cultivation region located in the central highlands of Taiwan. The Alishan area is famous for its mist-shrouded peaks and its superb high mountain teas.
Alishan Oolong tea has a unique character owing to the cooler environment and rolling cloud cover that allows the tea leaves to grow at a slower rate. Slower growing tea leaves generally provide more fuller flavor and aromas.
Teas cultivated in the natural shading of the high mountain mists generally have a higher content of L-theanine Amino Acid, which aside from the health benefits, it also provides a smooth body and a deliciously sweet flavor. High mountain teas are typically more aromatic and less astringent than teas produced at lower elevations.
Tung Ting (Dong Ding)
Pure oolong tea grown in the mountains of central Taiwan.
Delicious honey notes reveal themselves more and more with each infusion; enjoy this hand-rolled tea in the morning as a gentle start to the day. Similar to Tie Guan Yin, this oolong is grown at high elevation resulting in high amounts of catechins (antioxidants).
To pull out the lighter notes of this tea, prepare at 170° for 3 minutes. To pull out the subtle minerality of this tea, prepare as recommended below. The rolled style of leaves allows for multiple great infusions.
This tea is best steeped at 180° at 1 tsp/cup for 3-4 minutes. Yields up to three infusions of optimal quality.
Our traditional style Dong Ding teas are more oxidized than most other Oolong teas (around 25%- 30%) and are usually given a medium to heavy roast. Our high-quality hand-picked Dong Ding teas are carefully processed from the initial oxidization to the final roasting by our experienced Dong Ding tea makers.
Farming Methods: Organic farming, Handpicked, EU Compliant
Production: Ball Rolled Oolong. 20-25% oxidized. Light to Medium roast
Harvest Date: Late April – Early May
Growing Region: Nantou County, Taiwan
Elevation: 600 m (1,968 ft)
Tea Bush/Varietal: Ching Xin
Tung Ting tea was originally from Dong Ding mountain area in central Taiwan, but in recent years Tung Ting tea has become more known because of the process by which it is made & not by the location. The tea competition for Tung Ting award-winning tea is very popular now in Taiwan, with over 5,000 entries in the recent tea harvest awards, with most of the teas submitted coming from other tea growing regions areas, but processed according to the Tung Ting processing standards, which is basically a heavier roasted Oolong than regular Taiwanese High Mountain teas.
It is said Tung Ting Oolong was brought back from Wuyi mountain, Fujian province (China) by the famous scholar Jui Ren from Lugu County, Taiwan in 1885. He brought back 36 tea plants of the Ching Xin Oolong varietal. He gave 12 tea plants to Mr. Lin Shan Xian who successfully grew these plants in the Dong Ding mountain area in Lugu County.
Milk Oolong - High Grade
A high quality, hand-picked Jin Xuan tea leaf with a slight blend delicately added by our master tea blender to subtly enhance the natural milk flavor of the Jin Xuan tea varietal. Brings out an awesome creamy, nutty taste & aroma that first-time Oolong drinkers readily embrace. A frequent tea of choice for all Oolong tea drinkers. So buttery and creamy you may wonder if it is truly a pure tea.
Jin Xuan Oolong was discovered in 1981 by “Father of the Taiwan tea” –Dr. Zhen Zhe Wu who was the former president of TRES (Tea Research and Extension Station). It took 21 years of researching & developing to perfect this tea strain. It was a big part of “re-creating the tea market” in the 1980s and Jin Xuan tea became very popular during this time. Since then Jin Xuan Oolong tea has become one of the main tea strains in Taiwan. The tea farming regions in Nantou county are the most famous areas for growing lower elevation Jin Xuan tea. The best, higher elevation Jin Xuan, however, is in the Alishan mountain region. It is a thick tea leaf with a unique and natural, light milky fragrance and a buttery, creamy taste. This tea is semi-oxidized & lightly roasted.
Also known as: Golden Lily, Jin Xuan Oolong; Silk Oolong; Buttered Oolong
Natural farming techniques.