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Teavivre bought this tea from Lugu township, Taiwan. As a mixture of 95 percent of traditional Oolong tea and 5 percent of American ginseng, this tea is called Ginseng Oolong. American ginseng is a kind of panax, which can promote blood circulation and improve immunity. Ginseng Oolong tea has not only the aroma of oolong, but also a particular flavor of American ginseng. This tea is much suitable for people interested in the health effects of teas.
Our Taiwan Ginseng (Lan Gui Ren) Oolong Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
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Oolong tea helps promoting metabolism. While mixed with american ginseng, it could be good to stomach. Tea lovers who concern about stomach health can therefore have more choices for tea. In the manufacture of ginseng oolong, the American ginseng is mixed during the process of roast. After 4 – 6 hours of roasting in the temperature of 200 – 220 ℃, ginseng’s fragrance could be fully expressed as well as finely combined with the aroma of oolong tea leaves. The final production is more redolent. The aroma could last long in your mouth after swallow. You could even taste sweetness if you drink plain water. Discriminated from normal oolong tea, Ginseng oolong looks smoother in its appearance, and has powders on the surface. Those are American ginseng powder. Besides, in order to brew the tea leaves entirely, the higher grade the ginseng oolong is, the more infusion times or the hotter water it is needed.
The substance in the tea helps to prevent the decaying of teeth and halting the plaque build-up and also reduce the growth of glucosyltransferase. Being lightly fermented, these teas are high amino acids, vitamins, polyphenols and antioxidants. These combine into a tea that reduces cholesterol and helps reduce hardening of the arteries, and so can help reduce risks of heart attacks. The antioxidants it contains can also help guard against some forms of cancer, and also help fight the affects of aging and bacterial infections. American Ginseng can nourish the body, and also health improving. Ginseng Oolong tea can refresh your spirit, help you maintain beauty, prevent coronary heart disease.
The original place of this tea is Dongding mountain in Lugu Township, Nantou county, Taiwan, at which the average temperature is 22 ℃, precipitation is around 2200 mm. The mountain is about 800 metres high with abundant rainfall, misty environment, rich organic matter in soil, which are best condition for planting tea trees.
Nantou has about 8000 hectares Tea garden, which is 46% of the total acreages in Taiwan. Nantou is the main tea-planting area in Taiwan, as well as the main origin of High Mountain Oolong. It located in the middle of Taiwan province, with warm climate and normal landscape of basin, platform, hills and mountains. The tea area distributes in the elevation between 200 meters to 2500 meters on the mountain. In the area the mean annual temperature ranges from 15℃ to 24℃, which is very suitable for the growing of tea trees. Tea gardens are mainly in Mingjian Township, Lugu Township, Zhushan Town, Ren’ai Township, Xinyi Township, Yuchi Township.
Si Ji Chun is the most widely cultivated Oolong tea tree in Nantou. This species sprouts early, can be picked in four seasons of the whole year (more than 6 pick times per year). It is consequently called “Si Ji Chun (Four Season Oolong)”.
In the early 1800's a Fujian tea merchant took some seeds to Taiwan to see how well the plants would grow there. It proved to be very successful and so in the following years tea production in Taiwan became very widespread. However for the first half of the century most of the tea was sent back to Fujian to be processed there. This changed in 1868 when a British man named John Dodd decided this was hugely inefficient, and so hired some Fujian tea masters to setup tea processing in Taipai. This worked out very well, and in the following year Dodd shipped 127 tonnes of what was then called Formosa tea to the United States, where it was a great success. From that time on, Oolong tea has been the most widely exported type of tea from Taiwan.
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I first tried this tea when I was sick with a bad cold - it was one of the hottest weeks of the year, but somehow I had managed to get a nasty bug complete with sore throat and stuffy nose. I hoped the ginseng tea would give me an immunity boost, or at least a comforting placebo effect of wellness! My first impression of the tea was that it was a reasonable oolong - a fresh vegetal note balanced with light roastiness, with a bit of a cooling sweetness. It felt good drinking it while I was sick. Now that my sense of smell and taste are back to normal, I can sense much more of the ginseng! I find the first steep to be extremely ginsengy! It has a strong, lingering sweet aftertaste that overwhelms the oolong base. I find I have to be in the mood for a blast of ginseng. It holds up very well for multiple steepings, though each step has less of the medicinal ginseng flavor, leaving behind the agreeable oolong in the base. It does not wow me in terms of complexity, but it is such a dependable tea. I have tried steeping it in a variety of styles, times, and temperatures, and it never tastes bad!
I am very happy with this ginseng oolong. It has a high quality taste and ginseng flavor is subtle but delicious. I brew it at 212F for 5-8 minutes. I have found I can brew it 4-5 times. The little nuggets unfurl into big leaves taking a lot of volume, so leave a lot of room for infusing! I highly recommend this oolong and will be purchasing it again.
This tea features both a high-quality ginseng, and a high-quality base tea leaf. You cannot make this tea turn bitter or taste bad. I steep for 10 minutes at 198*F. There is a lingering sweetness with a very smooth finish. This tea also has a very generous amount of ginseng baked into the leaves - it is on the strong side of its flavor profile. But if you are buying a ginseng oolong, chances are you want the ginseng, so TeaVivre got this one right. This tea is great value as well. It is priced very well. I have had more expensive ginseng oolong which are not as satisfying as this one.
Sooooooo Happy Ice Tea Day! Is it a coincidence that ice tea month is 6 months from hot tea month in January? No celebration is a must. However I’m celebrating with hot tea rather than the iced version I’m having it hot. https://youtu.be/Xf2MNCu5oqM Yes a little Power Station for your enjoyment. I have a great affection for Ginseng Oolong. I love the sweetness the back end of the sip…funny looks and inquisitions from coworkers. It’s harder to get Oolong flavor because of the ginseng but it’s a pretty good base. If it was a poor quality you would taste it. I’m liking this one quite a bit. I don’t know if I’ll get “boost” from the ginseng but, I’m liking it regardless. Maybe next steep will be on the rocks. This review was originally published on Steepster by The DJBooth in May, 2015. TeaVivre adds this review here after getting permission from Scheherazade Tabby.
Got this in a sample. It smells and tastes like Nori (Sushi seaweed). Good thing I like sushi.
I bought this recently and was not disappointed. Very high quality with a sweet tingling aftertaste on your palate. Highly recommended.
Apparently ginseng is NOT for me. It tastes a little sweet and a little like oolong but mostly it tastes like licorice and medicine. So, WARNING, if you do not like the taste of licorice beware of ginseng!
This is the last of my free oolong samples for review from TeaVivre. I know I’ve had a couple of ginseng oolongs before, but I can’t remember whether I liked them or not, and I figured anything they can do, TeaVivre can do better. :P The pellets resemble tiny moss-covered rocks, and I find them super cute. They’re coated with a dark olive green powder with a somewhat rough texture. Dry scent is deliciously sweet with a definite herbal, almost minty aroma. The steeped tea has that same sweet smell, but to a lesser extent. I can also smell a strong grassy aroma along with a vegetal scent similar to raw salad greens. Hm, the taste actually isn’t sweet like I expected it to be. There’s a strong grassy presence as well as raw greens. I think the ginseng is adding a sparkling mineral taste to the tea, and I also get a slight creeping sweetness on the back of my tongue and throat after each sip. Very interesting and unique, and I do like it!
After the sales lady at Ten Ren recommended a ginseng oolong tea, I thought I would try Teavivre's version. This tea has the taste of a high-quality oolong with the characteristic ginseng sweetness. It compares favorably to Ten Ren's--a nice change of pace from my usual oolongs. Thanks for the free sample!
I received this tea as a free sample as part of one of my orders. In the past I have had Ginseng tea before, but that was a green rather than an oolong like this one. The unique fruity smell of the dry leaves and the physical ‘coated’ appearance of both this and the prior one I tried seem identical. In terms of taste though, this Teavivre tea has darker yellow liquor along with a warmer, stronger bite from the underlying Oolong tea due to its higher oxidation. It is definitely preferable. On the second steeping, some of the sweet taste from the Ginseng subsided a bit, but not the tropical notes that the herb also provides. The liquor was also a darker orange now and the mouthfeel seemed thicker. The third steeping was altogether lighter in both Ginseng and tea flavor. This was a pleasant combination of leaf and root; I am really glad that Teavivre keeps 'classic' pairings like this and their Jasmine scented tea on hand.
Reply: Hi Hamid, Thank you very much for your question. The shelf life of this tea is 24 months. You can sealed this tea and then put it into the refrigerator to store it. Hope this is helpful for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Reply: This is a tea which contains 95 percent of traditional Oolong tea and 5 percent of American ginseng. So it can play a little role but not as many benefits as the ginseng root. The tea health benefit plays a very important role. You can have a look of our article of tea health benefit http://www.teavivre.com/info/general-health-benefits/ Thank you.
Reply: There is no sugar used to it. In the manufacture of ginseng oolong, the American ginseng is mixed during the process of roast. Ginseng oolong looks smoother in its appearance, and has powders on the surface. Those are American ginseng powder.
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