A young monk came to the wise tea master Lao Cha and asked him:
– Shifu, I get sick so often, and even when I’m not sick, I feel too weak to get up and go down the mountain. What should I do? How can I improve my health?
– You should drink ginseng, young man.
– But ginseng is so bitter, oh master!
– Then roast it together with Oolong, and you will get a wonderful, healthy, and sweet Oolong as a result. Now go and try it.
Ginseng is a popular medicinal herb throughout Asia, known to improve blood circulation and immunity. It is often used in Chinese medicine. However, ginseng is much more intense and slightly bitter when drunk on its own. Actually, the combination of tea and ginseng has been mentioned in ancient Chinese medicine texts since 741 BC. Albeit, the tea truly gained its well-deserved popularity about 500 years ago, when it became a tribute tea for the emperor. Indeed, Lan Guiren refers to "Orchid Beauty" or "Lady Orchid", which many believe to be a reference to one of the Tang Dynasty's emperor's concubines.
When producing Ginseng Oolong, farmers blend the ginseng roots together with the oolong tea leaves during the roasting process. After roasting the tea for 6 hours, it starts to possess a strong oolong aroma in perfect balance with the sweet and mellow ginseng flavor. The beauty of this Lan Guiren Tea is that the tea producers don't flavor it artificially but rather use traditional processing methods to enrich it with both the natural taste and health benefits of the ginseng root.
What makes this Ginseng Oolong special is the long-lingering finish. The sweetness that will appear after you take a sip will not go unnoticed. Indeed, even if you drink some water right afterward, the unmistakably sweet ginseng taste will follow you. The tea's natural sweetness, in perfect harmony with the health benefits, makes it an ideal choice for people of any age. Furthermore, this ginseng tea has vital energy – Qi. When drunk in the early afternoon, it may help you stay focussed and clear-headed throughout the day.
To brew Ginseng Oolong make sure to use boiling water (212℉ / 100℃). Since the tea leaves are very tightly rolled, it takes quite a few steeps to extract all the wonderful flavors of this tea fully. We love this tea not only because it is gently energizing but also because we can easily keep brewing it throughout the day.
- Place of Origin: Dongding, Lugu Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
- Harvest Date: May 2021
- Dry Leaf: Rolled into tight balls, coated with American Ginseng powder (Lan Guiren)
- Aroma: Fresh and floral fragrance, subtle ginseng aroma
- Taste: Fresh and sweet taste that is lingering for a very long time
- Tea Bush: Si Ji Chun
212℉ / 100℃
5g per 500ml 3-5min
5g per 120ml 10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion