oolong

Amrita Aged Baozhong

Amrita ("ambrosia") is a lightly-oxidized aged baozhong coming straight from the 90s. Unlike aged puehrs, oolongs are not aged intentionally, and this one is no exception. The most likely reason for Amrita to age is due to lower interest from the buyers as compared to high-mountain Taiwanese teas.

Formosa Top Pouchong Special

Pouchong (or Baozhong) is the lightest and most floral type of oolong teas with oxidisation between 8-12%, so they often referred to as "green tea" in Taiwan. Its name came from Fujian in China around 160 years ago, literally meaning "wrapped kind", or "wrapped variety". Wang Xi Cheng, local tea maker, used loaded processed tea leaves with two layers of squared papers and packed into rectangular shape of pack in weight of 75 grams. The pack was then stamped with names of tea and tea merchant, to be sold as "baozhong". Interestingly, this name is homonymic to a phrase, meaning "luck out" in Chinese ("包種" vs "包中"), so at present days, Pouchong tea also becomes a gift of good luck.

Thailand Amber Oolong

Even though the first thing one often thinks of when hearing about "Thai tea" is a drink of made of a mediocre tea, milk and sugar, the Northern provinces of Thailand offer an excellent quality of lightly oxidised oolongs comparable to those from Taiwan - so good that Taiwan actually ranks first to import them! It's not a surprise if we look at the history: after Thai Royal Development Project in the 1980s identified tea as a possible cash crop to substitute the opium poppy cultivation in the infamous Golden Triangle, the experts of the Tea Research Institute of Taiwan were brought in to determine, which of the cultivars would be best suitable for Thailand’s geological and climate conditions. This way, a number of Taiwanese oolong varieties made it to country, where they have been successfully cultivated and developed their own unique profile.

Traditional Iron Buddha

"Iron Buddha", also known as "Tie Guan Yin", "Iron Goddess Oolong", "Tea of the Iron Bodhisattva" or simply "TGY", is probably the world's most renowned oolong, known from the early 1700s. According to legend, Emperor Qian Long (1711–1799) was impressed with the tea’s “weight of iron and appearance of Guan Yin”, hence the name, Iron Guan Yin. While it is often translated as "Iron Goddess of Mercy", probably due to the feminine depiction of Guan Yin in Chinese folk art, Guan Yin or Gua Shi Yin is the Chinese word for Avalokitasvara Bodhisattva, who in enlightened form is genderless.

Oriental Beauty

Dongfang meiren (Chinese: 東方美人; literally: 'eastern beauty'), also known as "oriental beauty", "white-tip oolong" and "champagne oolong" is a heavily oxidised, non-roasted, tip-type oolong tea originating in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. It is an insect tea produced from leaves bitten by the tea jassid (Jacobiasca formosana), an insect that feeds on the tea plant. Terpenes such as linalool and geraniol are released in the bitten leaves, which creates a floral, fruity and honey-like taste.