No. 164 - Taiwanese Osmanthus Oolong Tea
Osmanthus Oolong Tea is from Taiwan. The tea tree is Qingxin Oolong, which has thick leaves. This tea is mixed with osmanthus from Yunnan Province, which was picked in winter. Osmanthus is added into finished oolong tea. Thus the tea carries the aroma of oolong tea and the fragrance of osmanthus at the same time. And you can see the little osmanthsu petals spreading in the tea leaves. The best picking time of oolong tea is spring and autumn, for spring tea contains more nutritious substances while autumn tea has high aroma.
The history of Taiwan Oolong tea
In the year 1855, Linfengchi removed Oolong tea trees from the Wuyi Mountains in the Fujian province of China and traveled to Dong Ding, which is in Lugu, Taiwan. Once he arrived in Taiwan, he replanted the tea trees, beginning the history of the Dong Ding Oolong, one of Taiwan's most famous teas. During 1858, a British company at that time called Jardine Mantheson & Co. bought semi-finished Oolong tea from Taiwan, spreading it around the world.
Origin Place of Osmanthus Oolong Tea – Ali Mountain in Taiwan
Ali Mountain is a famous scenery in Taiwan. It lies at the east of Jiayi County in a distance of 75km to the downtown. The mountain is 2000 meters high, has a moderate climate. Summer here is cool at the average temperature of 10.6, while in winter the average temperature is 6.4. Plus the dense forest, Ali Mountain owns a reputation as the best summer resort in Taiwan.
Tea Tree Specie – Qingxin Oolong
Qingxin Oolong belongs to small leaf specie. The tree is short, has dense bunches and thick leaf. The leaf is soft and elastic in glossy and deep green color. Presently, this specie mainly grows in the villages in Jiayi County, Taiwan, like Ali Village, Wenshan Village, Haishan Village, as well as Mingjian Village and Lugu Village in Nantou County.
Health Benefits of Oolong Tea
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. Polyphenolic compounds in Oolong tea can prevent overall oxidise, and Purine alkaloids have the function of clear free radicals, so that it can have effect of preventing aging.
|Shelf Life||10 Years|
|Packed||United States of America|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount)||2.87 fl oz / 85 ml|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp)||212 F / 100 C|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount)||7 g|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Time)||25s, 30s, 35s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 90s|
|Western Method (Water Amount)||12 fl oz / 355 ml|
|Western Method (Water Temp)||212 F / 100 C|
|Western Method (Amount)||1 Tablespoon|
|Western Method (Time)||3-5 Mins (to taste)|