I need help to translate a Ten Ren Tea!

I was given a brand new box of Ten Ren tea from a dear friend a couple of weeks ago and unfortunately for me the tea’s name is in what I assume to be Mandarin. Perhaps there is a bright spark here on the forums that can help me translate?

Here is the sticker from the front of the box.

And here is one from the back lid of the box.

Other than Oolong I can’t tell what it is and I would appreciate any help :) Thank you.

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I can’t help with the translation but I thought I would let you know the links aren’t working. I get the message “Sorry, that page was not found.”

Thank you for letting me know. I checked them when I posted and they worked for me….I shall try using a different site to link them. :)

Works fine now. Lovely packaging.

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Have you tried going to one of the US Ten Ren sites? They show photos of many of their teas.

Is there a canister inside? Ten Ren every year packages its Spring and Winter Teas in newly designed packages and cannisters. Is it loose tea? We might have a better chance of identifying the type of tea (or at least narrowing it down) if you posted a photo of the loose leaves, better than a photo of the box. Does it have any flowers in it, as the package suggests?

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The characters on the first picture doesn’t say anything about the tea. The second picture has “oolong” on it but no more specific information.

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DC said

乌龙茶- means oolong tea
天御金赏- is a idiom that means something like ‘heaven sent’- generic marketing term
天仁茗茶- tian ren tea

Can’t tell, unless you post a pic of an insert or something

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Thank you to everyone for your replies. It looks like this might be just a standard Oolong. I have had a gaiwan steep of this and can rule out milk, Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess) and anything aged as it’s a gentle yellow in colour once brewed with floral tastes. I have searched Ten Ren’s website but cannot find my tea on there or any other boxes similar to the one I have. :(

I can include a picture of the tea itself and the inside packaging. Outside it’s a gold patterned box with the first picture on the front and the second picture on the back lid. Inside is a gold vacuum sealed pack that says Ten Ren’s Tea. There is what appears to be a contents/ingredients table but again it’s not in English.

Contents Table

Inside vacuum sealed foil pack

The tea itself

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Your last picture confirms that it’s definitely a Taiwanese Oolong. Nice color too. If it’s got a floral taste (and judging from the motif of the box, in might be Spring Tea.

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Uniquity said

It looks similar to the Tung Ting I just tried from Teavivre..though it also looks like some Tie Guan Yin I’ve had. I’m miserable at green oolongs, but I LOVE watching Steepster decode things!

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I’m thinking that it’s Tie Guan Yin packaged for japanese audiences.
天御 = japanese sun goddess
金賞 = master grade is the best translation I can think of, or “superior”. I saw a superior grade chinese oolong on ten rens site (only 2-4th grade for Taiwanese). Though, just because it’s not on their site doesn’t mean anything. It’s definitely a loose-leaf only tea according to ten ten because that packaging is nowhere to be found on the japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, or American sites. It’s probably Japan only or a duty-free type only found in certain stores for tourists.

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