Many people asked me what Oolong (or Wulong) tea is. My explanation is that it is in general, between green and black tea, with a sort of floral fragrance when brewed. The idea of oolong tea sometimes turns down some people because of the herby smell the dry tea has. Personally, I can never compare tea to coffee but rather to wine, and the different terroirs; and different tastes. I think it is in the mind of U.S. tea drinkers as they always look for strong, dark, and no bitter black tea, while the choice of tea in Asian countries tends to be something lighter like green and oolong tea. We don’t have to define ourselves according to where we live but we still can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Oolong tea seems to be uncommon to U.S. tea drinkers; we don’t even have an English word for it! Oolong is a wide category of tea, between green and black. It is a partially oxidized tea, and when the leaves are heated, it fixes the flavor and the aroma at a desired point. Thanks to skills in tea-making and an intense labor process, a tea maker can turn the same tea leaves from a sweet floral tea to a deep chocolate, a roasted nut one to a cinnamon fruity type of tea. This is done without artificial fragrance or flavor added to tea.
Did I bore you with the science behind Oolong tea? It is however necessary in order to understand the complexity of this tea. As I mentioned earlier, this tea needs a skilled tea maker to develop a complex oolong tea. Brewing this tea also needs a perfected technique. Clean-tasting water is a must and most oolongs thrive with full-boiling water (or almost full-boiling can also be accepted). Drinking tea is a luxury. Therefore, brewing lots of leaves for a short amount of time is a trick. Oolong tea is best appreciated in a series of small infusions to discover its character in your cup. It is also a good way to spend time with yourself, enjoying tea.
Oolong tea tour; choices of oolong tea in our shop. We offer many Oolong teas. Here is the list:
Light: Magnolia Oolong. This is very light oolong, leaning toward green tea. Light floral, to enjoy when you want to really clean your palate!
Medium-light: Angkhang Oolong is grown in Northern Thailand. Culture mix between the border Thai-Myanmar, using Jin Xuan cultivar imported from Taiwan to Thailand about 40-50 years ago.
Medium: Milk Oolong is interesting in its character as it has a sort of creamy and buttery aroma. None was being watered in milk, this is due to some techniques when being made and the high-altitude area from where it grows.
Tinguanyi Oolong is a famous Chinese tea. Therefore, there exists many categories from jade (light) to heavily roasted tea. Our is in the medium category.
Medium-dark: Siam Ruby Oolong has a unique sweetness. Ruby, with its tightly rolled leaves, is a heavily-fermented, full-bodied, high mountain oolong that has been slowly baked to bring out the rich flavors of cacao, raisins, and black cherry and the deep red infusion from which its name derives. The famous Oriental Beauty Oolong originates from Taiwan. This tea is known for the bites of the green leafhopper that transformed this summer harvest into a prize-winning brew.
Dark: Da Hong Pao Oolong is a heavily oxidized tea. When sniffing from dry leaves, not much can be smelt, but when you brew them, it becomes very smooth and malty-like tea. Eight Immortals Oolong is another dark oolong. It is great for tea drinkers who looks for a strong flavor and high aroma. It has complex floral and sweet woody notes, smooth mouthfeel, and a persistent, enchanting aftertaste. This tea was developed about 900 years ago. Lastly, Phoenix Honey Oolong is my favorite tea. It is finely twisted and releases a rich, sweet fragrance of nectar; the balanced, floral-woody flavor has lingering notes of frangipani and orange marmalade. This tea has more floral aroma than Eight Immortals Oolong, if you ask me.
Modern type: Peach oolong - no tea maker can actually make a peach flavored tea. This is a light Tin guan yin oolong with a natural peach flavor. You can still get health benefits from that tea. The only thing you cannot do is steeping multiple times as the flavor will wear off on your second or third steep.
Oolong and weight loss
Is this the part you are waiting for? When it comes to the healthiest tea, green tea seems to have been winning that crown for years. I recently came across an article about it and would like to share it with you.
“Research shows that oolong tea can speed slimming as effectively or better than green tea. Oolong tea’s unique blend of polyphenols prods cells to burn calories more efficiently, asserts Moalem. In fact, Japanese researchers found that just one cup of oolong boosts metabolism by 20 percent for two hours — nearly twice as much as three strong cups of green tea. Even better: Oolong promotes the burning of belly fat. In one study, oolong sippers lost two times more midsection fat than those who skipped the brew. Oolong tea doesn’t just melt fat fast — it helps keep it off for life. “Oolong blocks the release of the enzymes that break down fats so they can be stored,” says Moalem. “Instead, the fats pass through you, undigested. As you absorb less dietary fat, the body burns its supply of stored fat for energy.” Researchers found that drinking eight ounces of oolong with a meal cut fat absorption by 50 percent.
Oolong tea benefits for weight loss are just the beginning. “Once you start drinking oolong, you’ll feel the difference instantly,” promises Moalem. Studies show that oolong dials down hunger by 36 percent for up to 24 hours, plus lowers LDL “bad” cholesterol by 29 percent. Catechins unique to oolong have also been shown to feed beneficial gut bugs, improving digestion and curbing blue moods by 20 percent. Indeed, the women that FIRST spoke to report that sipping oolong increased their energy, eased aches, and curbed belly bloat.” - Source: firstforwomen
Well, why don’t give oolong a try? I always appreciate its clean taste and nice floral aroma while getting this benefit of boosting my metabolism.
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Connaissez-vous le thé Oolong
Beaucoup de personnes me demandent ce qu’est le thé Oolong (ou Wulong). Mon explication est qu’on le classe en général entre le thé vert et le thé noir, et qu’il a un parfum floral lorsqu’on l’infuse. L’idée du thé Oolong en décourage certaines fois certaines à cause de l’odeur de plantes que les feuilles sèches ont. Personnellement, je ne peux pas comparer le thé au café mais plutôt au vin, et ses différents terroirs, et ses goûts différents. Je pense que c’est dans la tête des buveurs de thé américains, puisqu’ils cherchent toujours un thé fort, sombre et pas amer, alors que les choix de thé dans les pays asiatiques penchent plus vers quelque chose de plus léger, comme les thés verts ou Oolong. Nous n’avons pas à nous définir par là où nous vivons seulement et pouvons apprécier le meilleur des deux mondes.
Le thé Oolong semble peu commun pour les buveurs de thé américains ; nous n’avons même pas de mot anglais pour ça ! L’Oolong est une vaste catégorie de thé, entre le vert et le noir. Il est partiellement oxygéné, et quand les feuilles sont chauffées, le goût se fixe et l’arôme atteint le goût désiré. Grâce aux compétences dans la préparation du thé et un processus de travail intense, un préparateur de thé peut donner aux mêmes feuilles un arôme allant du doux thé floral au sombre chocolaté, de la noix dorée au type de thé fruité à la cannelle. Cela se fait sans parfum artificiel ou senteur ajoutée au thé.
Vous ais-je ennuyé avec la science derrière le thé Oolong ? Elle est toutefois nécessaire pour comprendre la complexité du thé. Comme je l’ai mentionné précédemment, ce thé requiert un préparateur de thé compétent afin de développer de complexes thés Oolong. Le faire infuser requiert aussi une technique parfaite. De l’eau parfaitement propre est évidemment un must et la plupart des Oolongs s’épanouissent dans de l’eau entièrement bouillante (ou presque bouillante peut aussi être accepté). Boire du thé est un luxe. Par conséquent, infuser beaucoup de feuilles en une courte période de temps demande d’être compétent. Le thé Oolong est plus apprécié en série de petites infusions pour découvrir tous les caractères et caractéristiques dans votre tasse. C’est aussi un bon moyen de passer du temps avec vous-même et d’apprécier le thé.
Présentation des thés Oolong ; les choix de thé Oolong dans notre boutique. Nous offrons beaucoup de thés Oolong. En voici une liste :
Léger : Magnolia Oolong. C’est un Oolong très léger, penchant vers le thé vert. Léger floral, à apprécier quand on veut purifier son palais !
Léger-moyen : Angkhang Oolong pousse dans le Nord de la Thaïlande. Il est un mix culturel entre la frontière Thaï-Myanmar et le thé Jin Xuan, importé de Taiwan jusqu’en Thaïlande il y a environ 40-50 ans.
Moyen : Milk Oolong a une caractéristique intéressante par qu’il a une sorte d’arôme crémeux, comme du beurre. Rien ne fut trempé dans du lait, cela est dur à des techniques lorsque le thé est fait et notamment à la haute altitude de la région dans laquelle il pousse.
Tinguanyi Oolong est un thé Chinois célèbre. Il existe donc plusieurs catégories, allant du jade (plus léger) au fort thé torréfié. Le nôtre fait partie de la catégorie médium.
Moyen-fort : Siam Ruby Oolong a une unique douceur. Ruby, avec ses feuilles roulées de manière serrée, est un oolong, fortement fermenté, provenant de hautes montagnes qui a été lentement préparé afin de faire ressortir les riches essences de cacao, raisins et cerises noirs et la couleur rouge intense de l’infusion, de laquelle son nom provient. Le célèbre Oriental Beauty Oolong est originaire de Taiwan. Le thé est connu pour les crocs de sauterelle qui ont transformé la récolte estivale en une infusion gagnante.
Fort : Da Hong Pao Oolong est un fort thé oxydé. Lorsque l’on sent les feuilles sèches, peu d’odeur s’en échappe, mais quand on l’infuse, le thé devient très doux et presque malt. Eight Immortals Oolong est un autre fort Oolong. Il est parfait pour les buveurs de thé qui cherchent un arôme fort et un arôme intense. Il a de complexes notes florales et boisées, un doux goût en bouche et un après goût persistent et enchantant. Ce thé fut développé il y a 900 ans environ. Enfin, Phoenix Honey Oolong est mon préféré. Il est finement préparé et donne un riche parfum de nectar ; les arômes équilibrés de fleur-boisés ont des notes de frangipanes et de marmelade à l’orange. Ce thé a plus de goûts floraux que le Eight Immortals Oolong, selon moi.
Type Moderne : Peach oolong – Aucun préparateur ne peut faire de thé à la pêche. Il s’agit d’un léger Tin Guan Yin Oolong, avec une touche de pèche naturelle. Vous pouvez quand même profiter des bienfaits de ce thé. La seule chose que vous ne pouvez pas faire est l’infuser plusieurs fois car le goût va disparaitre au bout de la deuxième ou troisième fois.
L’Oolong et la perte de poids.
Est-ce la partie que vous attendiez ? Quand on pense au thé le plus sain, c’est souvent le thé vert qui gagne depuis des années. J’ai récemment lu un article que je voulais partager avec vous.
“La recherche a montré que le thé Oolong peut accélérer la minceur aussi bien ou mieux que le thé vert. Le mélange unique de polyphénols du thé Oolong pousse les cellules à brûler plus de calories, plus efficacement, affirme Moalem. En effet, les chercheurs Japonais ont trouvé” qu’une tasse d’Oolong booste le métabolisme de 20% pour deux heures— presque deux fois plus que trois fortes tasses de thé vert. Mieux : l’Oolong privilégie la combustion du gras du ventre. Lors d’une étude, les buveurs d’Oolong ont perdu deux fois plus de gras intermédiaire que ceux qui n’en buvaient pas. Le thé Oolong ne fait pas seulement fondre le gras —il aide à le prévenir. « L’Oolong bloque l’émission d’enzymes qui permettent de stocker le gras » dit Moalem. « A l’inverse, le gras vous traverse, non digéré. Lorsque vous absorbez moins de gras, votre corps brûle le gras qu’il a stocké et qui lui reste, pour produire de l’énergie » Les chercheurs ont trouvé que boire huit onces d’Oolong avec un repas réduirait de 50% l’absorption de gras. Les bénéfices du thé Oolong pour la perte de poids ne sont que le début. « Une fois que vous commencez à boire du Oolong, vous sentirez la différence instantanément » promet Moalem. Les études montrent que l’Oolong réduit la faim de 36% pour 24h, ainsi que le LDL, le « mauvais » cholestérol de 29%. Les uniques catéchines de l’Oolong ont aussi prouvé qu’elles nourrissaient les bonnes bactéries intestinales, améliorant la digestion et limitant les humeurs maussades de 20%. En effet, les femmes ont rapporté que boire du Oolong avait augmenté leur énergie, calmé leurs maux et limité les gonflements du ventre ». -Source : firstforwomen
Et bien, pourquoi ne pas essayer l’Oolong ? J’apprécie toujours son goût précis et son arôme floral, tout en ayant ce bénéfice de boost sur mon métabolisme.
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If one thinks about tea and the traditional way to drink it, we almost immediately think about the British. They have been known as THE “tea-drinking” country and are famous for their afternoon tea. However, their neighbors, the French also have their own way and characteristics when it comes to consuming the beverage.
Afternoon tea as we know it nowadays, is a tradition that has been established in the 19th century by the gentry, to fill in the long gap between lunch and dinner. At the time, tea was no longer a privilege of the high classes of society and everyone was able to drink a cup of it. It has developed into a true custom that has its own set of rules, it has to happen at around 4 PM, and utensils such as tea caddies, tea strainers, sugar bowls, milk jugs etc. Tea is being served with snacks which include scones with clotted cream and jam, tea sandwiches, small pastries, and cakes…
The British also have another way of drinking their tea, which is the High Tea, a tradition that was set at the same epoch as Afternoon Tea but by the working class, who had to wait after work (after 5 or 7 PM) to drink their cups of tea. As it was later, tea was then served with more hearty sides like meat and fish sides, baked goods... It has been called “high” tea in order to be differentiated from the “afternoon” one, which was a relaxing moment and therefore served on low, comfortable tables and chairs whereas High Tea was mostly consumed on high back dining chairs.
Today, the most popular kind of tea drunk during this event is the builder’s tea: when a drop of milk and sugar are added to the beverage. It is a strong tea that used to be drunk by laborers and workers
French people are less famous than the British when it comes to drinking tea. However, they have been doing so for almost as long as it has been brought back to this country from different expeditions like Magellan’s, who sought to discover new territories and goods. Tea quickly became the court’s beverage and monarchs such as the King Sun, Louis XIV would have been considered as a “tea-lover”, thanks to the cardinal Mazarin, the most powerful man under the King, who popularized the beverage because of its health-related benefits.
Unlike in Britain, tea remained for a long time an elite’s beverage. The drink was adopted by the wealthy and the French appreciated the elegance that came with a cup of tea served in Chinese porcelain. Some members of the court were addicted to the beverage, like the Princess de Tarente who was drinking at least 12 cups a day! When the Revolution came, the bourgeoisie had also adopted this trend. This drink was beginning to become so common that the right-wing political journal of the time was named “Le Thé”. When the Revolution occurred and most nobles and Royals got their heads cut off, tea lost popularity as it was associated with the former archaic gentry. It is not until the 19th century and the opening of tea-dedicated shops that tea found its way back to the Frenchie’s hearts.
First being influenced by the strong black teas drunk with lemon from their overseas neighbor, finer ones were developed in France to satisfy the French’s tastes. Shops like Mariage Frères or Palais des Thés opened their doors and while selling teas, they were also offering tea tastings and true “tea conversations” to inform customers about the terroir, the aroma, the infusion etc. Salon de thé (tea houses) became places were wealthy women and their children would gather instead of coffee shops which were mainly filled with men. As British brands were considered too strong in France and it was believed that milk and sugar were ruining the taste of the tea, more natural flavors were sought.
Even though there is a true historic tradition of drinking tea in France, nowadays, coffee and other beverages have become more popular than tea. However, when the French decide to drink tea, they are more likely to go for more scented and flavored teas like the Oolong teas for instance. A kind of tea that is not as strong as black traditional tea and has many different sweet and flowery scents and flavors. For this month, we are doing a 10% discount on the Oolong line (Type: "AprilOolongSpecial" at checkout) so make sure to get some and drink it the traditional and classy French way!
Store Closed For Our Annual Family Vacation, Sorry For Any Inconvenience!
March 28 - April 6, 2019.
Did you know about our new tea line?
As the month of March begins, so does the season of rebirth and life. It is the moment when everything is new. As we didn’t want to bend this beautiful rule, we decided to add a new tea line to our store. We present you the Connoisseur Tea Line!
This tea line is totally different from the variety of teas we are offering. Not only the tastes are different, but the way these teas are made is not the same. Teas from the Connoisseur Line are extremely special because of the way the leaves are cultivated and how rare they are.
To produce such a special kind of tea, a different cultivating method is being used. Normally, tea trees are being cut down so that it is easier to pick their leaves as they are short. For the tea leaves of the Connoisseur Line, the trees are untouched: they are old tall trees which give a smoother taste to the leaves, compared to small, more common trees, offering a stronger taste to their leaves.
In addition, each tea from this line has a special story as they are special specimen. Here are a little information on our special new line. Our Sun Moon Lake #18 comes from a research tree that was imported from Assam in India by the Japanese when they occupied Taiwan in 1925. It has a different taste than the tea which is still cultivated in Assam.
The Mi Lan Xiang (Phoenix honey Orchid) or Ba Xian (8 Immortal) are teas that grow in the Kuzhukeng area in China. The tea plant used is called the “Dan Cong” and it grows as a single shrub. It gives a fruity aroma to the tea. Both are really smooth teas, but their tastes differ a bit: the Phoenix Honey Orchid has a sweet honey taste and an orchid fragrance. On the other hand, the 8 Immortal is a tight and oily finished tea, which has a flowery and fruity taste.
Another example is the Fukamushi Gyokuro, a tea that was steamed instead of pan fried. In Japan, it is a highly-priced tea. This tea’s leaves have been put in the shade for 20 days before being picked and they are immediately flushed. This produces tender and younger leaves that give a sweeter and smoother taste to the tea. This one has a grassy-ness taste if brewed in low temperature.
We have lots of other different teas from the Connoisseur Line. Each of them has an incredible story behind their harvest and tastes. If you want to know more, check out our website!
Hope you enjoy our new Line!
Store Closed For Our Annual Family Vacation, Sorry For Any Inconvenience!
March 28 - April 6, 2019.
It is a new year, a new you. All the celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve are over. February is starting. A short month in terms of days but nonetheless quite important and huge for some of us. As we all know, this is the month of love because on the 14th of February, lovers and couples are being celebrated during Valentine’s day. It is of habits that to express your love, you offer small gifts and attention to your loved one. Typically, one would go for red roses or a box of chocolates as the tradition wants. This year, how about you offer something a bit more original, but which still contains flower bits or chocolate?
For this February, we offer a selection of teas that would be perfect for your special Valentine’s day and with 10% discount for these teas use code via our web store: ROSE10OFF. A pleasure for your taste, smell and your cherished one.For those who have a gourmand taste, we suggest trying the Belgian Chocolate Black Tea: with real chocolate bits, this handcrafted tea will give you the warmth of melted fresh chocolate.
Concerning those who are more classical and wanted flowers for this very special day, we have a range of teas that will suit your will: our Shama Chai, is a pleasure for the eyes whose aroma will captivate you thanks to its ingredients among which you can find Roses, Lavender, Cinnamon and Jasmine. We also have our classic Black Rose Tea, which is made partly with rose petals and has a delicious rosy aroma. Last but not least, we propose that you try a Green Tea, called Lavender and Lemon and Midnight Roses. With a glimpse of rose as part of the ingredients, this one will charm you with its soft smell of flowers and citruses.
Enjoy a beautiful, romantic and relaxing moment with the special person you want to spend this day with.
Sending lots of love from our team, Great Tea Road.
Nuevo año, nuevo usted. Las festividades de Navidad y del nuevo año han finalizado. Febrero empieza. Un pequeñito mes en términos de días pero grande e importante para algunos. Como lo sabemos, es el mes del amor porque el 14 de febrero, los enamorados y parejas están resaltados en ese día de San Valentín.
Es la costumbre expresar su amor ofreciendo pequeñitas cosas y regalos a los que queremos. Habitualmente, ofrecemos rosas rojas o chocolates. Este año, que le parece ofrecer una cosa más original que tiene pedazos reales de flores o chocolates?
En este hermoso mes de febrero, le proponemos una selección de tés perfectos por el día de San Valentín. Un placer autentico para probar, sentir y compartir con sus cercanos.
Para los golosos, sugerimos probar nuestro Belgian Chocolate Black Tea: con sus pedazos reales de chocolate, este té hecho a mano le ofrecerá un sabor cálido de chocolate en la boca.
Para los que les gustan los sabores más clásicos y que quieran flores por ese día especial, tenemos una variedad de tés que les complacerán: el Shama Chai, un placer para los sentidos: su aroma les cautivará gracias a sus ingredientes, especialmente la rosa, lavanda, canela y jazmín. Tenemos también el clásico Black Rose Tea, compuesto en un partido con pétalos de rosas y que tiene un aroma floral delicioso. Finalmente, les proponemos probar un té verde, llamado Lavender and Lemon, Midnight Roses. Con una pizca de rosa en los componentes, este té le embrujará con su olor suave de flores y cítricos.
Disfrute de un momento romántico y relajante con su persona especial en ese día.
Mucho amor por parte de nuestro equipo, Great Tea Road.
Une nouvelle année, un nouveau vous. Les fêtes de Noël et du Nouvel An s’achèvent. Février commence. Un petit mois en termes de jours mais il est néanmoins très important pour certains d’entre nous. Comme nous le savons tous, c’est le mois de l’amour car le 14 Février, les amoureux et les couples sont mis à l’honneur en ce jour de Saint Valentin.
Il est coutume d’exprimer son amour en offrant de petites attentions et cadeaux à ceux que nous aimons. Ordinairement, on offrirait des roses rouges ou une boîte de chocolats. Cette année, que diriez-vous d’offrir quelque chose de plus original, mais qui contient tout de même de véritables petits morceaux de fleurs et de chocolats ?
Pour ce beau mois de Février, nous vous proposons une sélection de thés parfaite pour votre jour de la Saint Valentin. Un véritable plaisir à goûter, sentir et partager avec vos proches.
Pour ceux qui sont gourmands, nous vous suggérons d’essayer notre Belgian Chocolate Black Tea : avec de véritables morceaux de chocolats, ce thé fait main vous donnera un chaleureux goût de chocolat dans la bouche.
Quant à ceux qui ont des goûts plus classiques et souhaitaient des fleurs pour ce jour spécial, nous avons une variété de thés qui vous comblera : notre Shama Chai, est un plaisir pour les sens : son arôme vous captivera, grâce à ses ingrédients, dont notamment de la Rose, Lavande, Cannelle et Jasmin. Nous avons aussi un classique Black Rose Tea, en parti composé de pétales de rose et qui a un délicieux arôme floral. Enfin, nous vous proposons aussi d’essayer un thé vert, appelé Lavender and Lemon et Midnight Roses. Avec une pincée de rose dans les ingrédients, celui-ci vous envoutera grâce à sa douce odeur de fleurs et d’agrumes.
Profitez d’un beau moment romantique et relaxant avec votre personne spéciale en ce jour
Plein d’amour de la part de notre équipe, Great Tea Road.
New Year with New You.
Nowadays, in our daily lives we are chasing goals for our body, mind and balance. We want to be healthy and well every day, eat properly, drink plenty, exercise, be active, thrive and have a fulfilling life. We have routines set by our jobs, activities, family and friends and as our days are getting busier, it is hard to find time to think about ourselves, relax and focus on our own well-being.
One’s might believe that to be healthy and well you would need to exercise 3 hours a day, eat a salad, be a supermom or dad, try and be perfect… However, to begin a healthy journey, a smaller step can be taken.
It all starts with how hydrated you are. You need to drink plenty of water, a thing you might forget with the rush of your days. In addition, you need to take time to seat down and relax, let go of the daily tensions and be at peace in your mind, as it all starts here: Mens Sana In Corpore Sano as the famous motto says.
Tea is a well-known beverage whose virtues for health have been proven. Depending on the kind you’re drinking, you can get energy, immune systems or sleep boosts (among tons of other benefits this drink has) as well as bringing balance and serenity to your mental state.
To find your fit, this month, we have different kind of teas to offer:
The last month of the year is starting and last but not least, one of the greatest celebrations is yet to come. One of the most celebrated events in the world is about to take place: Christmas is upon us!
Weather gets colder, snow starts to fall, lights decorate houses and trees are brought into homes to be set in their traditional places, in the living room, waiting to be joined by Christmas gifts.
As it is a time to be caring for others and thankful, we have something we want to say to you: from your favorite tea shop, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that this year has been thrilling and full of good things and that the next to come will even be better!
As it is a special time, we have created special teas for this seasonal occasion: The Chocolate Hazelnut and Almond Black Tea, which will give you a taste of warmth during the long winter season and the Cinnamon Orange Spice Black Tea, because Christmas can’t be truly celebrated without a little sense of citruses in the house! As it is Christmas, those two teas come in a limited Christmas edition so make sure to grab them before they are sold out!
Make sure to treat yourself, family and friends with this special Christmas teas!
As it is a special holiday time, we will close from 12/23 - 1/1. Enjoy the holidays!
Have a Merry Christmas, from Great Tea Road.
Schedule at the Winter Market
December 8 & 15: Hopkins Winter Market 33 14th Ave N, Hopkins, MN 55343
Can't make to the market? We are always at our retail shop. 16228 Main Ave NE, Prior Lake, MN 55372
L’automne est là, les feuilles se parent d’orange et rouges et les gouttes de pluie remplacent petit à petit les rayons de soleil estivaux. La seule chose dont vous ayez maintenant envie est peut-être de vous blottir dans un plaid, lire un livre et attendre que cette saison passe. Toutefois, un bel évènement va vous réchauffer le cœur : Thanksgiving est là ! Ce chaleureux évènement familial est la meilleure façon de partager de superbes moments et une nourriture délicieuse avec ceux que vous aimez, dans un esprit de reconnaissance et de bienveillance.
Cette année, pourquoi n’ajouteriez-vous pas un petit extra à cette célébration traditionnelle ? Pourquoi ne vous réuniriez pas autour d’une bonne tasse de thé chaud ? Obtenez vos thés préférés ou essayez nos thés spécialement créés pour l’automne : nous vous suggérons le Thé noir Orange épicé, une combinaison d’agrumes qui pimentera vos soirées ou le Thé noir Chocolat Noisette, qui vous apportera confort et douceur pendant les longues journées automnales. En dehors de ces deux-là, nous vous proposons une large sélection de thés qui nous l’espérons, vous satisfera ! Venez faire un tour dans notre boutique ou visitez notre site Internet !
Préparez vous avant vos soirées en refaisant vos stocks de thés ! Nous vous proposons une remise spéciale pour Thanksgiving : 20% de réduction si vous utilisez ce code en commandant sur notre site : Givethanks18. Cette remise est valable du 16 au 30 Novembre 2018 donc ne tardez pas ! Comme Thanksgiving est un jour où l’on partage, vous pouvez faire profiter vos amis et familles de cette réduction donc n’hésitez pas à passer le message!
La livraison est de 7$ pour les villes jumelles. Elle est gratuite pour toute commande au-dessus de 75$ dans le Minnesota !
Ayez votre thé prêt pour tous vos invités le jour de Thanksgiving !
Dear Tea Lovers,
If you are a customer of ours, you know we are different from other tea shops, especially when it comes to our process of hand selecting teas from around the world and our love of unique flavors.
What some of you may now know, however, is how some of these unique flavors came to be. As one example, 3 holiday seasons ago, my family and I were trying to figure out a tea we could make that everyone could enjoy. We decided to add some orange peel and cinnamon into our full caffeinate black tea, and thus, a new delicious flavor was born, one that is warm and cozy and perfect for the holidays. However, I don’t have a name for this tea. I don’t want to name it “Orange Cinnamon” because we already have an Orange Cinnamon Decaf Black Tea in our shop. The difference between two is decaffeinate versus full caffeinate tea as we often hear from our customers “I want caffeine!” What do you think we should name this tea?
In addition to this unique and tasty flavor creation, we also developed another flavor. It is nutty, chocolatey, and indulgent. We took our Belgian Chocolate Black Tea and added almond, hazelnut, and sugar-coated fennel seeds. I think the seeds look like little holiday light bulbs. What do you think we should name this second tea?
We invite you to send us name ideas for these hand-crafted tea flavors. If you are picked, your tea name will become the official name for one of these teas and we will send you the tea you named! For our runner-up, we will send you a fun tea infuser.
To enter this contest, please send us your tea names along with your contact information by October 15th. Please submit your entry using the text below or something similar:
Tea 1 (Orange Cinnamon flavor) -
Tea 2 (Chocolate Hazelnut flavor) -
We will aim to announce the winner around October 20th. We would prefer that you pick up your prize at our shop because we would like to take a picture with you.
Thank you in advance to all who participate. We wish you luck and can’t wait to see what the new names for these scrumptious teas will be!
All my best,
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Here at the Great Tea Road Company, we know that while our passion for great tea has carried us forward, we also know that we would be nowhere without the patronage of our customers. When we began this business, we were located solely online, then we expanded to farmers markets, and now, today, we have our shop in Prior Lake as well. Even with all this growth though, we haven’t forgotten our roots. We still do business at farmers markets, we still visit tea farms around the world to select the very best teas, we still hand-pack our teas for maximum freshness, and we still remember that it is our customers who have made us who we are today. It has been our pleasure to serve you and the community over the past five years. Our growth and success is only possible due to your continued support, so, from the depths of our hearts, thank you.
We would also like to thank you for all the input you have shared with us over the years. Whether visiting our shop, sending us a note, or chatting with us at farmers markets, your insights are invaluable as we work to provide you with the best tea experience possible.
We would also like to thank you for all the input you have shared with us over the years. Whether visiting our shop, sending us a note, or chatting with us at farmers markets, your insights are invaluable as we work to provide you with the best tea experience possible.
To celebrate our customers this month, we are doing a really special giveaway called Share to Win where you could win just by sharing your thoughts with us!
Here is the prize:
Here is how you enter to win:
We can’t wait to see your responses. Here at the Great Tea Road Company, we look forward to celebrating our customers this September and beyond.
All my best
Dear Tea Aficionados:
I hope you are having a good summer. I always get a bit sad when I drive past corn fields in the summer, as corn fields are summer’s timekeepers and inevitably signal the season’s gradual exit. I live right by a corn field in Shakopee, and recently when I drove by it with my children, I told them, “Now the corn is taller than me. You all know what that means. Our summer is coming to the end soon. And then you will have to go back to school.” This also means that our hot summer days are coming to an end too (remember the 104-degree day we had earlier in the season?!), and before we know it, it will be time to welcome in the cooler days of fall.
Just as the temperature changes with the season, so too do the teas I carry. The summery flavors are going fast, including fruity flavors and several varieties of refreshing green and white teas, among others. Some of my personal favorites include the Fruity Sangria and Organic Chamomile Dream. If you hurry, you can enjoy 15% off select flavors before they’re gone. Don’t wait though because once fall rolls around, we will have limited stock of our summer flavors.
To redeem your discount on select teas online, use code “Summer15%OFF” when you check out. Otherwise, we’d love to see you in our new brick-and-mortar location in charming downtown Prior Lake or at one of our farmers market locations.
Here’s where we will be in August:
Our shop at 16228 Main Ave SE #113, Prior Lake, MN 55372 TH 2-6pm, F 2-5pm, SAT 9-3pm
Hopkins Farmers Market- August 11 & 18,7:30-12pm
Prior Lake Farmers Market - August 11, 2018 8-12pm
Golden Valley Farmers Market - August 12 & 19, 9-1pm
Here at the Great Tea Road Company, we are wishing you a great rest of your summer and that you find the perfect tea to complement your summer memory-making. As always, we are happy to provide recommendations on flavors and brewing instructions. Until we meet again…
All my best,
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Macao, a region on the south coast of China, has been given the nickname of “the Vegas of China” due to the influence of other cultures, and the increase in casinos and gambling. Who would think that this same region Macao would also become such an important place for the creation of tea.
Dating from the early 17th century, Macao was the most important entry that exported chinese tea to the west. The tea trade was a crucial industry, as it played an important role in the history of China; bringing the tea propagation and trade. Eventually, the Chinese tea culture was disseminated to Europe, the Americas and worldwide, and merged with local customs and habits to form a new type of global tea culture.
Macao was then a gate-way of sorts for tea exportation around the world. It had an abundance of valuable cultural heritage related to tea, in the form of art such as poems and couplets centred on tea, drawings with tea as the theme, and other cultural staples like tea restaurants, tea shops, tea societies, tea houses, tea booths, and tea customs.
Today, it is sad but it seems we could find more tea houses in Hong Kong rather than Macao. We visited a tea museum (picture above) and was looking for an original tea house that was mentioned in the museum. Unfortunately, the staff said it was closed years ago due to the influence of casino.
For Hong Kong, tea is still a popular drink and Hong Kong people enjoy it throughout the day - for breakfast, in the afternoon, and at dinner. Most teas in Hong Kong come from China but decades of colonial rule under the British lent to the custom of enjoying "milk tea." Tea and dim sum are a pair of lover. In Cantonese (spoken in Hong Kong and parts of Southern China), "yum cha" refers to the Chinese tradition of drinking tea. Yum cha has come to mean sipping tea while eating dim sum, similar to Tapas. Yum cha and dim sum words are used interchangeably.
About 5-6 years ago, my father told me that he was interested in growing Sacha Inchi tea. Finally, he pulled things together and received a license to harvest this particular tea in Northern Thailand. The fruit looks like heart or star shape, depending on how you look at it.
How exactly might these delicious seeds help your health?
Consuming sacha inchi over a four month period resulted in a drop in the patients’ LDL and overall cholesterol levels as well as an increase in HDL – the good type of cholesterol.
This effect owes a great deal to the presence of essential omega-3 fatty acids which are known to have cardio-protective benefits.
High in Serotonin which is a neurotransmitter which is believed to help calm the nerves, boost the mood and deal with anxiety, depression and stress.
BRAIN HEALTHBecause so much of the brain is made up of fat, it needs healthy fats of the type contained in sacha inchi to resupply the cells and help to fight against inflammation.
Antioxidants also have an anti-aging effect, not only on your internal parts but also on the skin. They can help prevent wrinkles and keep your skin looking younger for much longer.
JOINT HEALTH AND ARTHRITIS
Sacha inchi may be an effective food when it comes to dealing with the pain of arthritis and rheumatism.
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What it tastes like?
Sacha Inchi tea has a mild flavor with a nutty finish. Since we can customize how we want this tea to be made, our mix has 50% leaves and 50% nut shells. Nut shell is where most of the nutrients come from. The leaf helps with the color of the tea. My father holds a Thai Certified Organic but to convert to US Certified Organic is too expensive for us to do so. We decided to leave it as it is.
You can also pick this tea up at
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Enjoy the pictures from the farm.
You see, when I was young, I would frequently have chrysanthemum tea with my meals. It became a sort of staple for my meals, and was a fun thing to look forward too during the day. I loved the tea, it was so amazingly delicious. What I find funny, though, is that I didn't actually know that it was flowers.
Chrysanthemum tea is non-caffeinated, and is sweetened to enhance it’s nice, soft flavour. What makes this tea so special is that the sweet, non-caffeinated taste works whether it is served hot or cold. So it can work for many meals, and is good to drink whether it is hot or cold outside.
Want another amazing fact? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, chrysanthemum tea has many different health benefits. One of those medicinal benefits includes “cooling” your body. So this is a great drink to have when you have been eating too many “hot” foods, such as deep fried or barbecued foods.
Chrysanthemum tea, a premium tea, comes directly from a Northern Thai tea garden. At the farm, they only produce it about once a year. As I know the owner of the tea garden, and am quite close to them, I can say safely that they are incredibly nice. All of the flowers that he selects for us are the best of the best.
Enjoy the pictures of both the flower and the farm.
Have you ever wondered what Thailand is like? Wanted to know more about the tea fields, the mountains, and the people? Well, I was lucky enough to get to explore Thailand for tea reasons. I’m not sure whether you should be jealous or just happy for me, but I hope you enjoy reading this. If you don’t already want to go, then maybe this will be the push that you need.
When I first got there, I got to travel up a beautiful mountain. The mountain had a nice, paved road that lead all the way up to the top. It was quite dangerous, though, as it was also at a 90 degree angle! Once we, the driver and I, made it up the mountain, I was led to the tea market. Getting to see where the tea trading happens was quite interesting. When you go, you can see the tourists enjoying themselves as they taste different types of tea.
In the market, just about every store in the area focuses on selling tea. Some of the store owners have their own tea farms, but some do not. Thankfully, my driver knew a thing or two about the area, so he managed to find a new tea farm for me to explore. My driver was a very knowledgeable man and I did scout for new tea farm before coming here. Because of him, I knew exactly where to go and who I would be speaking with.
Jer, the lady in the yellow shirt, is the owner of her own small tea farm. While I was there, she told me that her husband was the one that started his own tea farm. About 50 years ago, he had started a farm with some of the other Chinese immigrants in the area. Back then, the “lost army”, the Kuomintang’s 93rd Division, spent decades wandering the region between China, Myanmar and Thailand, trying to find a home. During that, they were in a constant fight with the communists and those that did not want them to settle. Finally, in the 70s, they were granted land around Mae Salong by the Thai government, in return for helping crush the communist guerrillas in the mountains of northern Thailand.
Back then, the area had been used to grow opium poppies. With the help of King Bhumibol Rama 9 (Current King is Rama 10), they put an end to the poppy farms. The king told Jer’s husband that the opium was killing people, so the land could be used for better reasons. He then assisted the people as they began to grow tea, coffee and a variety of fruits. The opium fields were no more. They were replaced to help aid the people, not kill them.
As the owner of the tea farm, Jer let me taste some of the teas that she grew. Her te was very nice, as it was quite smooth. I am happy to say that, with her hospitality, we managed to obtain her “Siam Ruby” Oolong tea.
But, my curiosity did not stop at Jer’s tea farm. I continued to wander around the area; scoping other tea shops, and tasting more tea. One of the teas that I came across was called “Red oolong”. The owner of the tea shop that had it said it was a special version that was hand roasted. That means the consistency of the temperature used varied. To be honest, I thought I was smoking, rather than drinking tea. After that, I tried a tea that was roasted in a controlled temperature. There was no smoky flavor or the feeling of smoking.
I actually don't mind teas with a smoky flavor. One of the teas I like happens to be Lapsang Pouchong from China, which we carry in store. It tastes smoky, but is a lot more pleasing. It’s different than the tea I tried, which was one of the only bad experiences I had on the trip.
So, as you could probably guess, I spent the whole day tasting various teas. It got to the point that I was actually a little bit sick of tea after a while! Don’t worry, I still love tea. I just had too much that day. So, I tried some Thai food to help clear my palette. Have you ever had tuna salad with tea leaves? It is quite good, but a little bit spicy.
Oh, wanna know a fun fact? The tea trees that are found in Thailand are actually incredibly tall! The tea farmers have to shorten them to speed up the picking process.
Come by to see us at our shop if you want to see the teas we brought back for yourself. They are quite interesting, and definitely worth the trip! Our address is 16228 Main Ave, Prior Lake. To end this, I’ll put a picture in of the beautiful tea farms for you to enjoy.
Tai Ping Hou Kui, means Monkey King Green Tea. This tea is one of the most luxurious tea from China. It is very healthy for your skin and body. It is the antioxidant that helps protect your skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, which cause wrinkling and skin aging. Drinking green tea is an effective and organic way to cure acne. Regular consumption of at least 3 cups of green tea per day will treat acne by improving insulin resistance, and reducing the levels of hormones.
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How to brew it? We also say drinking tea is as much science as art. Don't be afraid to try new way to suit your taste and style. For this tea, we suggest the water should be at 160-170F Apply 3-4 g Monkey King tea leaves to an uncovered ceramic teapot or tall heat-proof glass like picture above, add 6 fl. oz. of hot water and brew for one to three minutes. Monkey King Green Tea can generally be brewed for up to 3 times. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brewing.
Monkey King (in Chinese Tai Ping Hou Kui) is a native to the regions near Yellow Mountain in Anhui Province, an area which produces other famous variety of green teas, like Huang Shan Mao Feng and Legendary Liu An Melon Seed. We work with a farmer directly to obtain the best quality teas (above picture is where our tea came from).
Tea Plantation visiting & Store hour.
Many people had asked me how we decided to come up with new teas. To be honest, my husband and I listen to you. We hear about your concern about health, wellness, what you like and don't like. We are not a company that check off the list from vendors to obtain our teas; we carefully listen to what customers want. This is why we are visiting tea plantations. As a result, my husband will stay at the tea shop while I travel to the Northern Thailand.
One of our goals this year is to grow our selection on Herbal Tea. Of course, I will also visit Tea plantations (Tea as of Camellia Sinensis, a scientific name of tea tree) and other herbal tea plantations such as Chrysanthemum and Sacha Inchi. The reason to visit is to ensure that we get high quality products and they are organically grown.
I hope to bring back teas and herbal teas to share with our communities. My husband will need to take care of our 2 young children and look after the shop. For the week of 3/12 and 3/19, we will be opened only on Saturday from 9-3pm on 3/17 and 3/24. Sorry for the inconvenience.
新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè) Happy Chinese New Year!
According to the Chinese zodiac, the year of the dog starts on February 16, 2018. Along with the new year, we have some new information we would like to share: after years of being located in various outside farmers markets, we have finally secured our retail store!
While we enjoyed the experience, we are incredibly excited to be holding our GRAND OPENING on February 10th, from 10 AM - 2PM. Hopefully you will all be able to come join us, enjoy some tea, and get to explore our beautiful new store.
On behalf of the year of the dog, and to celebrate our GRAND OPENING, where you will be able to try our special sample tea for free. We will also be giving everyone who attends our grand opening event a 20% discount on their purchases made that day. Hopefully you will enjoy our sample tea as much as you enjoy dogs. Unless you are not fond of dogs, which, in that case, we hope that you enjoy the tea more than you like dogs.
It will be a very fun event, so we hope to see you there.
Starting from 2/1/18: We will begin our soft opening. We hope you can stop by to say hi, see our space and look at our tea products.
Happy New Year! We hope you are enjoying your time with friends and family. We start off this year with a legend about Da Hong Pao Oolong. It is one of our favorites! It said in 1385, during the Ming Dynasty, a scholar name Ju Zi Ding was on the way to attend the Imperial exam. This exam was at that time the major path to a career as an official. Unfortunately, on the way to the exams he became ill when he arrived in Wuyishan and wasn't able to continue his journey.
Luckily, a monk from temple name 'Tian Xin Yong Le' passed by and served him a special tea with healing effects. Ju Zi Ding was healed and made it to the exams on time. He eventually passed the exam with the highest score and was awarded an imperial scarlet red robe. Scholars with the highest scores are called 'Zhuan Yuan' and have a promising career advising the emperor and taking high officials' positions.
The humble scholar was so grateful that he travelled back to visit the Monk to thank him and ask where he got the tea from that healed him. Once arrived at the tea bushes, Ju Zi Ding took of his red robe and wrapped it 3 circles around the tea bush out of gratitude and carried some Da Hong Pao tea in a jar back to the palace. Since then, the tea is named Da Hong Pao, meaning Big Red Robe in English.
Like a vintage pu-erh – the tea varietal mainly produced in Yunnan province – Da Hong Pao doesn’t expire with age, but only improves (pu-erh is a full fermented tea, if you don't know already). It can be sold and resold numerous times over the decades, gaining in value with each transaction.
Da Hong Pao still grows in traditional, small-scale tea gardens, and each spring the farmers still climb the hills to implore the tea god to bring new shoots. It’s the combination of rock and water that gives Da Hong Pao its rich flavor. The rain that pours off the sheer rock walls, flowing down narrow streams and pretty waterfalls, becomes imbued with minerals, which then impart their goodness to the tea. A legends has sprung up around the original Da Hong Pao trees, which still perch precariously on a cliff face not far from the monastery.
What Da Hong Pao taste like? This is a medium charcoal roasting oolong. It gives a flavor of red dates and purple plums and slightly roasted with light floral / fruity aroma. It is clean finished and clear, medium-amber colored liquor.
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Thanksgiving day centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. It is another year, we blended orange black tea. Deliciously sweet and fruity with the underlying support of a robust (decaf) black tea.
The weather is getting colder. Please take care of yourself and have this wonderful Orange black tea to warm you up!
We met Karen at the church in November. We remembered that she purchased "Strawberry White" and "Blueberry White" sample tea. Since that day, she called us when she needs new teas.
We are very happy when someone is happy. This is a reason why we keep going with our tea journey -- to put smile on your face.
Thank you for being a part of our tea journey.
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