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"Sweet Ginseng" Lan Guiren Oolong Tea (Taiwan)


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. Now go and try it.


Ginseng is a popular medicinal herb throughout Asia, known to improve blood circulation and immunity. It is a go-to remedy in Chinese medicine. However, ginseng is much more intense and slightly bitter when drunk on its own. The combination of tea and ginseng appeared in ancient Chinese medical texts as early as 741 BC. Albeit, the tea 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 refers to one of the Tang Dynasty's emperor's concubines.

When producing Ginseng Oolong, farmers blend the ginseng roots 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 the ginseng root's natural taste and health benefits. Lan Guiren adheres to the "five flavors" theory of traditional Chinese medicine. The five flavors refer to different tastes: spicy, sour, sweet, bitter, and salty, and Lan Guiren provides a combination of the healing effects each taste relates to.

This Ginseng Oolong gives you a memorable experience from the beginning up to the long-lingering finish. The tight green curls will slowly open into a clear, transparent green tea soup, exuding a rich and intense fragrance. A delightfully sweet taste will unfold with every infusion, bringing nuances of sweet-scented osmanthus, pandan, and rose. A fresh and mellow flavor going down your throat will subside into a long-lasting sweet aftertaste that will stay with you long after the tea tasting. Indeed, even if you drink some water right afterward, the unmistakably sweet ginseng taste will follow you. In perfect harmony with its health benefits, the tea's natural sweetness 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 focused and clear-headed throughout the day.

To brew Ginseng Oolong make sure to use boiling water (212℉ / 100℃). Since the tea leaves form very tight knots, it takes quite a few steeps to fully extract this tea's exquisite flavors. 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
  • Altitude: 1200m
  • Harvest Date: May 2023
  • Picking Standard: One bud with one or two leaves. Coated with American Ginseng powder
  • Roast: Light
  • Aroma: Fresh and floral fragrance, subtle ginseng aroma
  • Taste: Fresh and sweet taste that is lingering for a very long time 
  • Cultivar: Si Ji Chun

Brewing guidelines:

       205℉ / 95℃ 

1g per 50ml   3-5min

     1g per 25ml   10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion

Customer Reviews

Based on 24 reviews

Really love how smooth and light this Tea is with just a slight sweetness to it, reminds me of a mix between oolong, mangos and a light green tea

Absolutely wonderful!

This tea tastes absolutely beautiful! It's an oolong that tastes similar to a slight hint of matcha. A very nice healthy Green flavor without the earthy taste.

My favorite tea so far

This tea is incredible. It is my favorite tea that I have had so far. It is very sweet and light. The aroma reminds me very much of a bug bitten but I get a very strong flavor of strawberry juice. I would recommend this tea to anyone who loves a sweet juicy tea!

Favorite so far!

I haven't reviewed any of the teas I've tried yet because I feel like my pallet isn't refined enough to appreciate them correctly; however this one is amazing!! Will definitely be reordering in the near future.

Lisa V
High quality tea, with a bitter bottom note

As a lover of all things Oolong, the descriptors for this tea sounded amazing, so ordered a 25gm pouch. After following the brewing directions, and taking a sip, the tea opened up nicely, however there was a very unpleasant note that remained after swallowing. The more sips I took, the more apparent a licorice like bitter note of Stevia. I don‘t think that there is stevia in this tea, but to me it was the overwhelming bottom note. Maybe it’s the Ginseng? Starts out sweet, and then turns bitter? Anyway…Sticking with the Honey Orchid NiLan Xian Dan Cong Oolong…my absolute favorite for a very clean fresh honey note.

Hi Lisa

Thank you for your feedback! The finish of the tea is supposed to be sweet with a tiny bit of spicy tang – that's ginseng:) However, if it feels bitter, it must be tannins – one of the key elements of any tea. Tannins are responsible for the bitterness, and the way to control them is by either calibrating the amount of brewed tea or by controlling the water temperature (or both).

Next time you try this tea, try brewing it with water of around 195-200Fº. See if it improves the taste.

I hope this recommendation is helpful:)

In Tea We Trust!