This tea is a real treat. Just when you thought you couldn’t love oolong any more, they coat it with a layer of ginseng to give it a smooth and sweet taste. This tea is absolutely phenomenal and easily one of my favorites.
Whenever I have guests over that one to try some of my tea this is one of the first ones I have them try. This tea’s unique and sweet flavor is loved by tea enthusiasts and tea skeptics alike, and for that reason it makes for an excellent addition to your cabinet.
Although Ginseng Oolong describes a production method rather than a specific tea itself, the different types of this tea all share similar characteristics. The most notable of which is the physical form the tea takes. It comes in small green pebbles that have a rough texture and a consistency that can seem almost as hard as stone when dry.
This tea can also be a good choice for traveling or taking to go. Sometimes I will run to a café with a few of the pebbles in my pocket in a little bag and then throw some in to a cup of hot water. The result is a few large leaves sitting at the bottom of a great tasting cup of tea. These leaves don’t interfere with my drinking of the tea so I don’t even need a filter. The one downside is that this tea requires a very long steeping time. It can take well over 10 minutes for the pebbles to fully disintegrate into the tea and produce a nice clean cup. This I will tell you is well worth it though. The end result is one of the smoothest cups you’ve ever had with a very noticeable natural sweetness to it. The first time I tried this tea may have been one of my favorite tea experiences thus far and I really hope many others get to have the same great experience that I did.
The type of Ginseng Oolong I’ve been consuming is authentic, directly from Taiwan, although there are a lot of other great suppliers for Ginseng Oolong. Here is a great example of a great Ginseng Oolong that can be purchased for a reasonable price on Amazon.
I have told people that are trying to get more into tea that if they make one purchase of finer tea, it should be this. Everyone loves the taste, the tea is very healthy, convenient to use and all in all, it doesn not cost much compared to the other teas of a similar caliber. This tea is overall fantastic and I highly recommend it.
The steep temperature for this one can be 185 degrees F and it can be steeped for much longer in order to fully dissolve the ginseng coating into the tea itself. This will give it a much smoother flavor. Also, I would really not recommend multiple steepings. Once the outer layer of ginseng has been dissolved, it really can’t be considered a Ginseng Oolong anymore and steeping it again would only severely cheapen the flavor.