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No. 160 - Taiwanese Ginseng (Lan Gui Ren) Oolong Tea

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We 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.

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The history of Taiwanese Oolong tea

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.


Where is Our Ginseng Oolong Tea Produced?

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.

Map of Taiwan

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.


About The Tea Speices - Si Ji Chun

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)”.


Brief Health Info

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.

Additional Information

Ingredients Oolong Tea and ginseng
Product of: Taiwan
Region(s) Nantou County
Antioxidants Medium
Caffeine Low
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk No
Sugar No
Lemon No
Mint No
Organic No
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) 3.72 fl oz / 110 ml
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) 212 F / 100 C
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) 5 g
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) Rinse, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s
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)
Steeping Notes No