A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away…and that’s certainly the case for this super tea. Ginseng is believed by many people to restore and enhance normal well-being. Oolong tea is known to provide vital antioxidants, promote superior bone structure, robust skin and good dental health. Since oolong and ginseng are two of Chinese medicine’s favourite ingredients – you’re basically one cup away from being a superhero.
This oolong is processed in the traditional way. However, after the leaves have been rolled and dried they are then blended with ground Ginseng powder that is made of genuine Ginseng root.
At first sight, this tea looks more like moss-covered pebbles than tea leaves. And it tastes just as wonderfully weird as it looks: rich and crisp with sweet notes of flowers (orchids), a little fire from the roasting, and slight tartness of ginseng. A syrupy sensation is created in the middle of the mouth and moves around for some time. (Note: The ginseng flavour does not overwhelm the tea leaf; rather the two work together to offer a good balance.)
There are variations with regard to brewing time: some suppliers indicate 85 degrees for 3-4 minutes, others suggest ‘gongfu’ style by steeping the leaves in boiling water for 30 seconds (and 20 second subsequent intervals). Each cup is a completely new experience.
By the way, if you notice a slight numbing effect on your mouth and your warm stomach, just know it’s the ginseng working its magic.