Taiwan Ginseng (Lan Gui Ren) Oolong Tea

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec 14 g 15 oz / 441 ml

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  • “Hubby and I drank a whole lot of steeps of this tonight. A single teaspoon in my little glass pot and over a liter of water, and it just kept giving with each resteep. We are drinking this...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Revisiting this one after quite some time. For some reason, I have developed a strong liking to Ginseng Oolong. Maybe, it's because my taste are still developing. It's possible, this development is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Another Teavivre tea for me! This tea is really great for when I'm not feeling my best. It has a lot of sweet and roasted notes. It is super easy to make, so I can ask my husband to prepare it...” Read full tasting note
    Tamm 536 tasting notes
  • “I woke up very bleary this morning, unexpectedly, and actually drank _coffee_ for the first time in a long time. But as late morning begins to drag on towards lunch, it is time to settle into...” Read full tasting note
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Origin: Lugu Township, Nan Tou County, Taiwan

Ingredients: Si Chi Chun (Four Season Oolong)

Harvest time: May 15, 2014

Taste: Clear and fresh aroma and rich fluid under tongue, sweet and fresh flavor, strong aftertaste

Brew: 1-2 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 212ºF (100 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: 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.

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76 tasting notes

Light to medium Oolong with a greenish orange color and an aroma of licorice and herbal medicine. This tea has a sugary sweetness that hits you right away and lingers like I just ate a piece of candy. It taste like a green tea with sugar added to it. I like my tea unsweetened so the sweetness is a little too much for me. Other than that, it has a pleasant taste. The dry tea is interesting in that it is hard and has something similar to a candy coating, probable from the process of adding the ginseng to the tea.

205 °F / 96 °C

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142 tasting notes

This came in the flavored oolong sample pack, otherwise I probably wouldn’t be trying it as I’m not keen on ginseng. That said, this is the best ginseng tea I’ve had; there’s a cream flavor to it that really smooths out some of the ginseng weirdness, and the oolong is a great base. If you DO like ginseng, you’ll probably love this tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2859 tasting notes

This is the 2nd Ginseng oolong I’ve tried, & they were both basically the same. The oolong is coated with a matte finish of powdered ginseng & I think licorice root as well. It’s an interesting taste, & I’m gonna drop the leaf into a mason jar because I think I’ll also enjoy it cold later! This one came from KS, thanks brother!

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I finished off my sample packet with some gaiwan brewing today. Didn’t track the times for each steep much, but I did use near 100C water and gave the leaves a quick rinse before the first steep.

The first steep was really sweet, but in an unpleasant metallic way, as if someone had added stevia to the mix. The third and fourth steeps were the best, where I got the nicest mix of oolong base and flavouring. However, by the end it was becoming a tad astringent. This is surprising, as the leaves had barely begun to unfurl by the final (6th or 7th) steep.

Not for me, I guess. But it was an educational tea all the same.

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1067 tasting notes

I wanted gaiwan but my husband pulled a face and said “Can’t we just use a teapot instead”? so I caved in and steeped this into a large teapot. I had to use two packs so hopefully the level of tea to water will be fine.

I’ve had Ginseng Oolong before but it was a while ago, I remember it being tasty but strange, granted that was the best part of a year ago. Time to re-visit.

Thick bready scent once steeped but with beautiful sweet ginseng behind it. Almost like an aromatic ginseng baked bread that you would find in a specialist shop.

Flavour is light, sweet and floral with notes of ginseng, honey, fresh bread and some sort of herb that I can’t put my finger on. Cilantro? Fennel? It has the same refreshing quality as fennel/aniseed does (if you know what I mean).

I’m still undecided about this one, it’s perhaps a little too sweet for me. I never liked Fennel/aniseed and this reminds me strongly of it, though I love the smell of it. My husband wasn’t sure about this one either, he said it’s nice but strange. Am I just too Western for this one? It looks that way, ginseng I’m sorry but I don’t think we are meant to be together.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 14 g 29 OZ / 850 ML

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81 tasting notes

Thanks to Nicole_Martin for the sample. Roasted, toasted, sesame sweet curled unfurled green leaves. Definitely tastes different from what I drink. No teaball, sugar, honey needed.

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