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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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This selection was hand rolled into little balls of green leaves. The pre-brewed smell was fresh and aromatic. I was excited to add hot water and see what developed. I brewed this blend for two minutes at 212 degrees. I always choose the maximum recommended steeping time to get the strongest tea possible without (hopefully) bitterness. There was just a light and subtle tea smell wafting from the pot. The color of the liquid was golden amber. At first taste, the flavor was bright and sweet and very smooth. With each subsequent sip, a sweet, honey-like flavor remained on my tongue. Bitterness does not exist anywhere in this tea. This brew goes down so pleasantly and smoothly that I had to restrain myself from chugging it. All of the sweet and tea flavors are in perfect balance. I could drink this tea all day. This review was originally published on Steepster by Stoo in July, 2012. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from Stoo.
Thick bready scent once steeped but with beautiful sweet ginseng behind it. Flavour is light, sweet and floral with notes of ginseng, honey, fresh bread and some sort of herb that I can’t put my finger on. Fennel? It has the same refreshing quality as fennel/aniseed does (if you know what I mean). Perfumes the mouth beautifully in the after taste and leaves a very sweet and delicious taste.
Knowing that my mom is a fan of ginseng and fun new teas, I brought this sample packet home to share with my family. So we made a cup then got distracted by doggies. I think this cup steeped about 10 minutes. So it’s a bit strong, but not bitter or astringent at all! good stuff! My mom and dad were sipping it and going, “I don’t taste any ginseng.” I couldn’t really taste the ginseng either. Then the cup cooled and I tasted it. The ginseng is a slight cooling bitterness in the back of your throat. Very pleasant. The oolong itself is a very roasty grainy type. It’s not really my thing, to be honest. But I think the quality is really good despite my personal preferences. :) any tea that doesn’t get bitter and astringent when you get distracted is good in my book. This review was originally published on Steepster by Mercuryhime in June, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Mercuryhime.
I just order this tea after getting a sample (thank you teavivre!) I never had ginseng before so I did not know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by a sweet lingering flavor that melts into a flowery oolong. A new favorite!
I loved this tea! It had a roasty oolong taste, a cooling feeling and a lingering sweetness that lasted through seven steepings in a gaiwan. I heartily recommend this tea!
I had all three granddaughters helping out on this review and we went through three steepings using a french press (of all things..this was big enough to brew for 4 people). The first pour was the lightest colored. Light golden brown and toast scented. Schey said the taste was grassy and the other girls thought the flavor was good but tasting like earth and somewhat astringent. The second pour was medium honey brown and smelled like wheat bread to all of us. We sweetened the tea and enjoyed the sweet bread and honey flavor. Megan noticed that there was a little saltiness. The third pour was the most interesting. We labored to find the words for what the flavor was. “Sesame!” I said….“Exactly, yes”, was their reply. But I couldn’t just stop there and leave well enough alone. “Sesame Street!” I cried! (I meant to say Sesame Tahini!) We rolled, cracked up…cried…laughed till we hurt…what a goofus! So, ok ok ok…I thinketh this tea tasteth like Sesame Tahini and Honey! We all liked it. This review was originally published on Steepster by Bonnie in July, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Bonnie.
I have been looking for teas that are interesting and this is a find. This first came as a sample. After trying it i bought more. I brew multiple cups in my Gawain from water temp of 195-212 and enjoy this tea very much. the first cup is an amazing ginseng sweetness in the forefront. The rich color of tea breaks into the mouth to reveal a multilevel complexity on the palette and a wonderful exhale of sweetness. As the second and third pours are made and this sweetness becomes subtler and presents as a background note yet this sweet flavor does hit the palette on the exhale. As the sweetness wanes, the oolong begins to reveal itself. I have tried other ginseng oolongs, this one is the best so far.
First of all, I appologize for how long it’s been since I last made a post. My allergies (dust mites) decided that last weekend was a great time to act up, so I’ve been suffering the effects of a severe head cold, but without the benefit of my allergy meds (which were left at home…). Byt the time a acquired my meds, and the three days that it took for them to become effective, a week had passed. If I had had the meds on the first day, that would have been hte end of it, but since this only happnes twice a year, I tend to forget about it after 180 days… Anyway, now that I got that small rnat out of the way, on to the tea! I actually used my larger mug to brew the tea, and transfered it into my usual drinking mug. I let it sit for 15 seconds before the transfer, and actually managed to pour it all out without spilling anything. After letting it cool for a while, a took a sip and was immediatly reminded as to why this is one of my favorite teas. The sweet foretaste quickly transitinos into a delightful sweet ginseng, with the flavors almost perfectly balanced. The contrast is what really makes this first infusion special, since the bold flavors seems to dance arround your mouth before settling onto the roof of your mouth and the back of your throat. the aftertaste is kind of hard to describe unless you had Verdant Tea’s Orchid Oolong from about a year ago, since it’s almost the same, but not quite as good, but it’s still delightful to experience. This flavor lingers for several minutes, and reasserts itself every time you breathe in. Truly a unique experience. Second cup, same temperature, 10 second infusion. It is a lot less sweet in the fortaste now, but the sweetness returns a lot for the aftertaste. The middle of each sip turns a bit lackluster, where the flavor seems to wane a lot, but it reasserts itself a lot for the aftertaste, which makes everything okay. Hoinestly, this tea starts at the peak of its flavor, and slowly fades into mediocaty. While sad, I realize that not all teas are like puerh, where you can get interesting flavor development for hours. This review was originally published on Steepster by Joshua Smith on September, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Joshua Smith.
Free sample from Teavivre The dry leaf has the heady aroma of a high quality florist’s shop (like my wife’s shop! :-) ). The jasmine aroma is strong with an element of hay behind it. The leaves are, well, silvery and very pleasing to look at. They are soft to the touch. Brewing the tea in my small glass teapot I am rewarded with a jasmine aroma wafting off the leaves and a little forest of needles balanced delicately in the hot water. The liquor is almost clear, the jasmine smell is, how best to describe it, round. Yes, it has a roundedness (is that a word?) to it that transfers to the flavour. The tea is light. It makes my tongue tingle even after the tea has been swallowed. Yet still it has a strong, round flavour that is very pleasant. The jasmine is at the forefront of that flavour and I now feel like I am breathing out delicate jasmine aroma all around me. This is another great tea from Teavivre.
Free sample from Teavivre I thought I would try this one yesterday and have been trying to find the right words to describe it ever since. Reading through the tasting notes of others, I find little that really describes what I got from this tea. To be honest, I find describing this tea very difficult. Still, here goes. The tea arrives in the pot as little solid nuggets of green. The remind me of space rocks or some other similar sweets. The aroma is strong and sweet, not like the dry woody smell that I associate with ginseng. It has a toasty quality to it that is not unpleasant and a warm feel to it. Steeping the tea brings out the warmth and the toasty quality more. The first sip is odd. I had not been sure what to expect and the roasted, toasty quality of the flavour is unusual for me, different from other teas with that roasted flavour. I warm to the taste as I sip the tea more. Once I get past my lack of familiarity with the taste, I begin to notice the ginseng flavour, but sweeter and less woody than I would have expected. The roasting is present still, but I think I can detect aniseed underneath it all and a bit of camphor or eucalyptus. It is really very pleasant but the real strength of the tea hits me only a few minutes after I have finished the first cup. Suddenly my tongue is coated with a warmth and flavour that I can only describe as like a Fisherman’s Friend, a type of menthol lozenge. My tongue is toasty warm in a good way, with the camphor/eucalyptus and aniseed flavours dancing around on it. There is a hint of capsicum to it too that enhances all the other flavours. This aftertaste was awesome and it went on for ages, a good 45 minutes or more. It was really quite incredible. Thank you, Teavivre, for letting me try such a brilliant tea.
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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