Infuse for 2 to 3 minutes with a water temperature between 80 and 90 degrees
Combining the classical taste of Oolong Tea with the invigorating flavours of the Ginseng root is, without a doubt, a match made in heaven as this loose tea offers a wonderfully bold and high-quality infusion. Also known as ‘Lan Gui Ren’ or ‘Ren Shen’, Ginseng Oolong is likewise blended with liquorice root as part of the processing method, which further adds to the soft and slightly sweet flavours this beverage is well-known for.
Originating from the Hunan Province of China, Ginseng Oolong Tea is just one of many such blends to have become embedded within the nation’s vibrant culture.
History of Oolong
Meanwhile, Oolong Loose Tea as a whole, has been cultivated in China for at least 500 years, with a number of theories contesting its history. In fact, to this day, the origins of this renowned beverage remain steeped in mystery! One such theory believes Oolong Tea was first consumed during the 10th Century as a “tribute tea” during the Northern Song Dynasty.
While another theory argues its creation did not come about until the 16th Century, where it was first invented in the Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian Province during the Ming Dynasty. It is likely that the true origins of Oolong will never be uncovered, although we believe this only adds to the intrigue of this delightful and refreshing type of tea!
We do know, however, that during the 19th Century, the British ambassador to China dedicated some Oolong Tea to Queen Victoria, who found herself Immediately taken by the distinct taste and aroma, as well as its unique appearance. She would go on to give it the name “Oriental Beauty”, ensuring every cup of Oolong past and present has had the Royal seal of approval!
Type of Tea: Formed Loose Leaf Tea Leaves, Oolong Tea.
Origin: The Hainan Province, China
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 2 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: Adding lemon or honey is particularly popular with this beverage, although we also recommend serving it as it is.
Tasting Notes: Surprisingly subtle on your taste buds, Ginseng Oolong tea has smooth yet slightly earthy undertones with a refreshing mint-like aftertaste.
Colour in Cup: Golden liquor, light in tone.
Benefits of Ginseng Oolong Tea
Oolong Leaf Tea is the most common tea served in Chinese restaurants, often giving it the nickname ‘Chinese restaurant tea’, although this is far from the only reason this blend is so popular, with scientific studies uncovering its incredible health benefits on a yearly basis!
Containing vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, selenium, and potassium, as well as vitamin, A, B, C, E and K. Oolong tea is becoming an increasingly popular choice among those looking to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Oolong is also naturally rich in antioxidants, which can help reduce the risks of chronic health conditions such as inflammatory disorders and even heart disease!
Further to this, the polyphenol compound found in Oolong tea is very effective in controlling the metabolism of fat in the body, making it an invaluable tool for anyone trying to lose weight.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Diabetes, Hydration, Immune System, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime