Infuse for 2 to 3 minutes with a water temperature between 80 and 90 degrees
Blue Spring Oolong Tea, also known as 'Compassionate Oolong Tea', is a very fine and rare Ti Kuan Yin special grade Tea. It comes from the renowned Tea-growing province of Fujian in China. Producers add blue mallow flowers to this Tea to represent the freshwater spring created by Guan Yin, the Iron Goddess.
According to a Mahayana Buddhist tale, Guan Yin disguised herself as a Goat herder and one day passed through a drought-stricken village. The villagers, despite their struggles, offered the goat herder what little water they had left. Their compassion (hence the name of this Oolong Tea) led Guan Yin to reveal her true identity. The Iron Goddess then created a beautiful blue spring as a gift to the Fujian villagers.
Our very own Blue Spring Oolong Tea honours this tender Buddhist story. We pack it fresh to order, like all of our Teas and Coffees, in our Kent-based factory. This ensures not only quality but also consistency.
What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong Tea, in many ways, sits in-between Green Tea and Black Tea in terms of processing. It's slightly fermented and semi-oxidised, making it the perfect middle-ground. Like all 'real' Teas, it comes from the Camellia sinensis plant.
Many know Oolong Tea as "Chinese Restaurant Tea". This is because of its popularity in restaurants across China, mostly for its ability to improve digestion. Oolong Teas also originate from China; in particular, the Fujian province. However, many other countries also produce it today, including Taiwan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malawi. Furthermore, some regions in India make Oolong Tea such as Darjeeling and Assam.
Nevertheless, the most famous Oolong Teas still come from Fujian. The region has a subtropical climate with mild winters and heavy rainfall. It boasts magnificent mountain ranges and vast forests - conditions perfect for creating many different types of Oolong Tea. This, of course, includes Blue Spring Oolong Tea.
Type of Tea: Oolong Tea.
Grade: Ti Kuan Yin Special
Ingredients: Chinese Oolong and Mallow Flowers.
Origin: The Fujian province, China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 75 and 80 C. Infuse for 1 to 2 minutes.
How to Serve: Best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: This brew has a deep, sweet aroma. Its exceptional flavour, meanwhile, has notes reminiscent of orchid.
Colour in Cup: Yellow-green liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Drinking Blue Spring Oolong Tea
Are you looking to de-stress? This Tea could be the answer! One recent study noted that chronic stress disrupts sleep and blood sugar levels. This then leads to increased hunger and combating eating.
Eventually, side effects like these escalate, leading to further disrupted sleep, even higher levels of stress and even more disrupted blood sugars. In time, this doesn't just cause unhealthy levels of body fat but also increases the risk of type-2 diabetes.
Stopping stress at the source is the potential answer. And what could possibly be more relaxing than a nice, hot cup of Blue Spring Oolong Tea?