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February, 17, 2019

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How Much Caffeine is in Taiwan Oolong Tea

How much caffeine is in Oolong Tea or tea leaves in general isn't as cut and dry as many articles out there would have you believe. The majority of articles simply state how many milligrams of caffeine are in a cup of tea and ignore important factors like brewing temperature, ratio of water to leaves, brewing method, and the specific type of tea. Here, we look at the factors that affect how much caffeine there is Oolong Teas with a look at Taiwan Oolong Teas in particular. View full article →
February, 7, 2019

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Qing Xin Oolong Black Tea Tasting Notes

In addition to the name of the tea strain, this batch of tea was made by an artisan of Dong Ding Oolong Tea with his family plot of heirloom tea trees. He incorporated Oolong Tea methods in the very first step of solar withering, and the very last step of tightly rolling the tea leaves. So the raw material of the summer crop of heirloom Qing Xin Oolong tea leaves, processed by an Oolong Tea maker by trade offers us this superior quality Black Tea. View full article →
February, 4, 2019

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Qing Xin Oolong Black Tea

We  chose the name "Qing Xin Oolong Black Tea" in accordance with the local terminology, which would be simply "Oolong Black Tea" (烏龍紅茶). But because in English, Oolong is the name given to partially oxidized teas, we added the Chinese pinyin of this traditional strain of tea plant that originated in mainland China. Qing Xin literally means "green heart" which describes the appearance of the stem of the leaf. View full article →
January, 19, 2019

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How Taiwanese Oolong Tea is Made

Taiwan’s Oolong Tea production methods are renowned for being some of the best in the world. There are a lot of steps in making Oolong Tea and each affects the taste of the final product. Here, we provide an overview of what goes into making a great loose leaf Taiwanese Oolong Tea. View full article →
January, 11, 2019

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Long Feng Xia High Mountain Oolong Tea Tasting Notes

Batch #38  of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is kicking off 2019 with a cutting edge rendition of Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong Tea. We're inspired to share this batch of tea because of its differentiating value from the conventional market grade High Mountain Tea that has become well known in Taiwan and beyond.  View full article →
January, 7, 2019

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Long Feng Xia High Mountain Oolong Tea

Long Feng Xia  (龍鳳峽) or Dragon Phoenix Gorge is a deep river valley on the south side of the Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Tea growing region. Long Feng Xia is also the place name of the ridge overlooking this gorge, and is well known in Taiwan as the source of some of the best quality Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong Tea. View full article →
December, 20, 2018

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How Long Does Tea Stay Fresh?

The shelf life of tea is a common topic of discussion among tea drinkers. We often see questions such as:

  • Can tea go bad?
  • How do I keep my loose leaf tea fresh?
  • Which teas have longer or shorter shelf lives?

Let's look at some of the factors that affect how long your tea stays fresh.

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December, 7, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Red Oolong Tasting Notes

Appearance of the dried leaves is the first step in assessing any loose leaf tea. We can see by the coloration that these leaves are partially oxidized, with both green hues and darker tones. This is the first sign that it is a traditionally made Oolong tea. In recent trends, tea made in this fashion has been given the name "hong Oolong" or Red Oolong. It's actually just a new name for an old recipe. View full article →
December, 3, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Red Oolong Tea

This is what inspired us to share this batch of tea that was produced in Nantou County. We consider this batch of tea to be properly named Red Oolong, simply because the leaves are obviously only partially oxidized. The flavor of the tea has aspects of a Black Tea character while maintaining the fragrant, aromatic complexity of an Oolong. View full article →
November, 25, 2018

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The Science of How Tea Can Prolong Our Lifespan

Drinking tea can actually help protect the health of our DNA, which can prolong our lives. Research has shown that a healthy habit of tea drinking may extend our lives up to five years! 
 
A large group of older Chinese men who drank 3 cups or more of tea daily recorded longer telomere lengths, and almost five years of added life, compared with people who drank one cup or less. The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, applies to green and black tea.
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November, 11, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Fo Shou Oolong Tea Tasting Notes

Fo Shou, or Buddha Hand, is a traditionally made Oolong Tea with deep roots — literally. This name refers to a large-leaf strain of tea, putting in the same category as Wild Tea, Assam, and Red Jade #18. Large-leaf strains are a category that is distinctly separate from the majority of small-leaf tea strains cultivated for Chinese Oolong, Green and Black Tea production. View full article →
November, 8, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Fo Shou Oolong Tea

This month, we are celebrating the third anniversary of the Eco-Cha Tea Club by sharing a batch of Fo Shou Oolong Tea for the very first time. The Chinese Fo Shou (佛手) means Buddha Hand. The name refers to the tea plant, or cultivar, which classifies as a large leaf type. This puts it in the category of Assam, and wild strains of tea, along with the Taiwanese hybrid cultivar — Red Jade #18. Despite the fact that virtually all large leaf type strains of tea are cultivated for Black Tea production in Taiwan, Fo Shou has found its unique niche in the making of (partially oxidized) Oolong Tea. Similar to its predecessor in mainland China, this batch of Fo Shou was made in the fashion of traditionally made Tie Guan Yin from Mu Zha, Taiwan. View full article →
October, 22, 2018

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5 Things to Watch Out for When Storing Loose Leaf Tea

Loose leaf tea is a great way to enjoy tea, but there are some important things to keep in mind when storing it. Where and how you store it can have a great effect on how your final brew tastes. Read on to learn about the five most important things to keep your loose leaf tea fresh and as long lasting as possible. View full article →
October, 12, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Gold Medal Award Winnng Dong Ding Cui Yu Oolong Tea Tasting Notes

The hybrid strain of Cui Yu (翠玉), a.k.a. Tsui Yu, or Jade Oolong, can withstand traditional processing methods of heavier oxidation and roasting with good results. This hybrid strain that became popular in the late 1980's and 1990's along with Jin Xuan, is now becoming relatively rare.  View full article →
October, 6, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Gold Medal Award Winning Dong Ding Cui Yu Oolong Tea

This month's batch of tea being shared with the Eco-Cha Tea Club was entered into in the spring 2018 Nantou County Tea Trade Association's Dong Ding Tsui Yu (Cui Yu) Tea Competition, and received the Gold Medal Award. This award ranks within the top 5% of all entries. View full article →
September, 14, 2018

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Taiwan's Top 10 Most Famous Teas

Taiwan is home to some of the finest tea in the world, particularly in the Oolong category. Yet, not all Taiwanese teas are widely recognized or understood by name. So here is an overview of the top ten most famous teas from Taiwan.

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September, 10, 2018

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Gourmet Iced Tea Recipe: Honey Red Jade Black Tea

Red Jade Tea - also known as Taiwan Tea No. 18, brews a rich, full-bodied tea with subtle hints of clove, cinnamon and mint in its complex composition.

GOURMET LOOSE-LEAF ICED TEA IN 3 EASY STEPS

    1. Brew your tea at a ratio of 1:40, loose-leaf tea : water (1:30 if unsweetened/unflavored). Boiling temp. water. Brew 7 minutes. 
    2. Pour the brewed tea into a a cocktail shaker full of ice, add whatever flavoring, and shake.
    3. Pour the well shaken iced tea into glasses half-full of ice cubes.
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September, 8, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Da Yu Ling High Mountain Oolong Tasting Notes

This month's  batch of Da Yu Ling High Mountain Oolong tea being shared with the Eco-Cha Tea Club is sufficiently oxidized and unroasted. This style of processing transforms the fresh, green character into a more balanced, sweeter, full bodied brew while maintaining the delicate floral and vegetal aromatic notes. View full article →
September, 6, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Da Yu Ling High Mountain Oolong Tea

The highest elevation tea growing regions are widely acknowledged as the epitome High Mountain Oolong Tea production.. The ideal climate conditions offered by this elevation combined with the methods of tea cultivation that have been developed are considered to be the main factors that have gained this category of tea its fame.

This is a rare batch of Da Yu Ling High Mountain Tea in that the level of oxidation exceeds the commonly produced tea in this region at highest elevation. The difference between the standard 10-15% level of oxidation and the less commonly produced 20-25% is that the light, floral, green character is transformed into a more fruity, substantial, smooth character of High Mountain Oolong.

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September, 1, 2018

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How To Make Gourmet Iced Tea: Quick And Easy

The best loose-leaf iced tea in 3 easy steps
  1. Brew your tea at a ratio of 1:40, loose-leaf tea : water. Boiling temp. water. Brew 7 minutes. 
  2. Pour the brewed tea into a a cocktail shaker full of ice and shake
  3. Pour the well shaken iced tea into glasses half-full of ice cubes
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August, 28, 2018

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Taiwan Tea Picking Competition

The Lugu Farmers' Association organized a groundbreaking event in an effort to maintain a high quality standard of hand-picked tea in Taiwan. After developing the world's largest Oolong Tea competition (est. 1976), and nine years of producing the Nantou Global Tea Expo, our mentor Tony Lin (林獻堂) said that this is his latest effort to preserve the quality of Oolong Tea in Taiwan. View full article →
August, 26, 2018

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Gong Fu Brewing Guide for the Best Taiwanese Oolong Tea

Here's a simple Gong Fu brewing guide on how to brew the best tea using quality Taiwanese loose-leaf teas. From how long to steep oolong to how much to use, there really is no right or wrong when it comes to brewing tea. We just want to share how both tea pros and tea lovers in general  brew Oolong Tea here in Taiwan. We offer this in hope that it will enhance the quality of brewed tea for tea lovers around the world.  View full article →
August, 22, 2018

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Iced Loose-Leaf Tea Recipe: GABA Passionfruit Iced Tea

Too hot to drink hot tea, but don't want to compromise your taste for high quality loose leaf tea? Well, we've been researching the simplest way to get the best results for next-level iced teas, and we're ready to share!  View full article →
August, 12, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Honey Oolong Tea Tasting Notes

The extensive oxidation and minimal roasting offer a flavor profile that has the rich, density of Small Leaf Black Tea while still maintaining enough freshness to give it complexity and vibrancy. Sweet, ripe fruity notes balanced by mildly astringent nutty/woody tones. Add to this an unmistakeable honey essence in both the aroma and on the palate. It's a proper Oolong in its complexity, and a signature bug-bitten batch of tea. View full article →
August, 7, 2018

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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Honey Oolong Tea

A mom, dad, and son team manage their small family farm and process their crops on their own. And the recent spring harvest offered the pleasant surprise of one day's harvest turning out to be Honey Oolong. This name is properly used when the flavor of the tea has a distinct honey character that results from the Green Leafhopper working its magic. The Leafhopper (jacobiasca formosana) is a tiny green bug that likes to feed on the sap of the tender new leaf buds. View full article →