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Oolong Teas from Grace Tea Company


Oolong Teas


Welcome to our selection of Oolong Tea. Oolong tea is referred to as “semi-oxidized” tea and is principally manufactured in China and Taiwan (Formosa). It essentially lies “in-between” both green and black teas levels of oxidation. Darker, open-leafed oolongs are made by allowing the leaves to oxidize for a greater period of time, whereas the greener, balled oolongs are oxidized for a much shorter period of time. To produce oolongs teas, the freshly plucked leaves are allowed to wilt in direct sunlight and are then shaken in bamboo baskets to lightly bruise the leaf. The chemicals in the leaf react with the air, producing a reddish leaf color. After the desired level of oxidation is reached, the leaf is fired and further oxidation is halted. Most China oolong teas are allowed to ferment for a shorter period of time and are therefore lighter in taste and appearance than the more robust oolong’s produced in Formosan plantations. Oolong teas have a soft, fruity taste with undertones of peaches and apricots.

Brewing Tips: Oolong tea should be made with cold, filtered water that has been brought to a rolling boil (205° F). Using one rounded teaspoon of loose tea or one teabag for each cup required, pour the boiling water over the tea leaves. Oolong tea should be steeped for 3-4 minutes. Once the ideal brewing time has been reached, the leaves should be removed to prevent further steeping.


China Oolong Fine Ti Kuan Yin
8 oz. Tin – $28.50 •
3.5 oz. Zip Top Pouch – $14.00 •
2 oz. Tin$$9.20 •
1 oz. Cupping Taster$$3.25 •
 
8 oz. Refill – $26.50 •
Our China Oolong Fine Ti Kuan Yin is an excellent example of a traditional Chinese Oolong tea cultivated south of the Min River in China’s Fujian Province. Not as highly oxidized as our Formosa Oolong, the large curled leaves appear almost reddy-brown with a dark green tinge when they unfurl in the cup. This Ti Kuan Yin produces a golden, honey colored cup with a sweet, floral aroma and an orchid-like, delicate flavor when brewed.
Formosa Oolong Champagne of Teas
8 oz. Tin – $23.75 •
3.25 oz. Zip Top Pouch – $11.75 •
2 oz. Tin$$8.50 •
.75 oz. Cupping Taster$$2.25 •
 
8 oz. Refill – $21.75 •
Formosa Oolong Supreme is an extra special tea, hand-picked on small estates in the northern regions of Formosa only once a year, when flavor is at its peak. This is a tea that can be enjoyed in large quantities without jading the palate, and so it is a particular favorite with Oriental cuisine. Professional tea tasters regard it as the “champagne of teas” because of a delicate taste and remarkable fragrance that are often likened to ripe peaches.
Gaba Oolong
New offering!
4 oz. Tin – $22.50 •
.5 oz. Cupping Taster$$2.75 •
 
4 oz. Refill – $20.50 •
Our unique Gaba Oolong tea selection is produced from low-elevation grown Taiwanese tea plants. Know for a calming effect on the nervous system, this style of tea contains a high percentage of Gamma-Amino butyric Acid (GABA). A partially oxidized, nugget-style tea from Taiwan, it grows readily in the foothills of famed Mount Ali.

Tea plants are known to produce leaves especially high in glutamic acid. About two weeks prior to plucking, Gaba oolong leaves are partially shaded, which causes increased production of this substance. During the oxidation-phase of production, all oxygen is replaced with nitrogen gas, whose presence causes the glutamic acid to be converted to Gamma-Amino butyric Acid.

This tea has a wonderful, soothing flavor, said by some to be similar to that of ripe bananas. It produces a caramel-colored, fragrant brew when steeped.
Oriental Beauty Oolong
New offering!
4 oz. Tin – $23.50 •
.5 oz. Cupping Taster$$2.75 •
 
4 oz. Refill – $21.50 •
Processed entirely by hand, our Oriental Beauty offering is produced only during the summer months, in the Ping Ling area of Northern Taiwan. This area has a perpetual mild climate and rolling fog, making the growing environment truly unique.

The tea leaves are a robust mix of green, white, yellow, red, and brown—the colors of nature itself. Sixty percent oxidized; the flavor is one of a kind, both strong and mellow, with a fruity taste and subtle honeyed notes. Its naturally sweet taste is invigorating, like stepping into the wild. Oriental Beauty turns amber-red when infused.
Pouchong Oolong Sweet Jade Dew
5 oz. Tin – $22.95 •
2.5 oz. Zip Top Pouch – $12.20 •
.5 oz. Cupping Taster$$3.00 •
 
5 oz. Refill – $20.95 •
Produced in Taiwan’s northern mountains, this esteemed Pouchong style oolong is a unique offering that is hand-rolled for numerous cycles after withering to create a jade-green colored leaf. The steeped cup is wonderfully aromatic with intoxicating lilac notes. The liquor is sweet, silky-smooth and full of flavor that lingers with every sip.
Wu Yi Rock Oolong Da Hong Pao Select
4 oz. Tin – $18.00 •
2 oz. Zip Top Pouch$$9.65 •
.5 oz. Cupping Taster$$2.00 •
 
4 oz. Refill – $16.00 •
Perhaps the best known rock tea from the Wu Yi Mountains of the Chinese Fujian province, this tea is a rare find. Able to grow on the rocky mountain ledges, this Da Hong Pao Oolong is a highly oxidized Oolong whose large, twisted leaves have a unique black appearance. It brews an amber cup that almost startles with its dramatic aroma and smooth, clean finish.
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