Ginseng Oolong from China

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Floral, Green, Licorice
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Edit tea info Last updated by Kristin
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “One of my bookgroup cohorts went to China recently and the only thing she brought back was tea. She brought a bag of Oolong to share with the group. And, she sent me home with a bunch of it in a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I am using this for a Ginseng Oolong because I have no idea what company it came from. My friend from my tea book club went on a two week trip to China and brought me back a gift tin of Ginseng...” Read full tasting note
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One of my book group cohorts went to China recently and the only thing she brought back was tea. She brought a bag of Oolong to share with the group. Sadly, I don’t know much else about this tea. It was in a white vacuum sealed bag with Chinese writing. My friend said it was a medium grade Oolong. The leaves were all balled up tight and were shaped like chocolate chips. I’ve added a pic to this so you can see it. It looks like a Ginseng Oolong.

Here is a more artistic pic of the tea that I like a lot.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowboardbunny/4624434242/sizes/o/

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One of my bookgroup cohorts went to China recently and the only thing she brought back was tea. She brought a bag of Oolong to share with the group. And, she sent me home with a bunch of it in a ziploc bag (woot!). Sadly, I don’t know much else about this tea. It was in a white vacuum sealed bag with Chinese writing. My friend said it was a medium grade Oolong. The leaves were all balled up tight and were shaped like chocolate chips. I don’t think it was a Ginsing Oolong, but it definitely looks like one. Here is a pic:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowboardbunny/4624434242/sizes/o/

Does anyone know if the tea could be a regular oolong and look like that?

Anyway, it has a slightly vegetal taste (but not overwhelming) and has a light peachy flavor in the background. We did 2 steepings and both were great.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Rabs

I want a bookgroup cohort to go to China and bring back tea! That’s so awesome :D Sorry, but I can’t help on the tea identification :(

Kristin

I know. It was really nice of her! :)

Rabs

Wow — that tea looks amazingly cool! They’re like little pebbles! Unfortunately, that means that I’m still unable to help, but now I’m even more curious to find out along with you.

Payton

That’s almost definitely a ginseng-covered oolong. They’re very popular in China. What makes you think it isn’t one?

Kristin

Well, I don’t know what ginseng tastes like so I didn’t know. Also, the person who gave it to me just said it was an oolong. Some people did say they tasted licorice in it and I read that licorice is sometimes put into ginseng oolong, so it probably is.

Thanks for the confirmation. I’ll rename it. :)

Batrachoid

Ooh, a detecive novel of a tea! My thanks to you friend. It likely does have licorice in it if there’s any flavoring. In China, licorice flavoring goes into pretty much every flavored tea and preserved foodstuff …

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I am using this for a Ginseng Oolong because I have no idea what company it came from. My friend from my tea book club went on a two week trip to China and brought me back a gift tin of Ginseng Oolong. The tin and vacuum sealed bag is all in Chinese and she couldn’t tell me much about it. The only English it has on it says “A taste of zen.” I looked it up and couldn’t find a tea company with that name so I don’t think it is the company name.

This is my first ginseng oolong. It certainly looks pretty cool. The flavor I am mainly getting is the vegetal and slightly floral flavor of a lightly roasted oolong along with almost a sweet licorice type flavor that I assume is the ginseng.

The smell of the brewed tea didn’t appeal to me as it smelled very green and most greens and lightly roasted oolongs are not exactly my favorite. But the flavor, while being much of the green oolong, is saved a bit because I do enjoy whatever flavor the ginseng is imparting along with a throat coating sensation which I tend to enjoy.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Licorice

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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