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Red Oolong

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Red Oolong | 紅烏龍 

 Tasting notes: Cacao, baked fruit, caramel
 Origin: Luye, Taitung, Taiwan
 Elevation: 250-450m
 Oxidation: ⦿⦿⦿⦿○
 Heavy roasted

This experimental tea is made of organic bug-bitten leaves, oxidised for a fruity flavour and roasted for a caramel finish.

Why we love it:

  • It's a recently invented tea (2008) that is technically an oolong-black tea hybrid. It is heavily oxidised, so has that maltiness of a black tea while retaining the aroma of an oolong.
  • It's a bug-bitten tea: when tiny leafhoppers start nibbling on the leaves in the field, the tea plant releases chemicals to defend itself - which to humans smell like honey. Farmers allow for a certain amount of damage to give the resulting tea a natural honey aroma.
  • It's produced by a cooperative that supports Red Oolong farmers in the region by collecting, grading and promoting their tea, ensuring more consistent demand.
  • It’s a wonderfully warming and comforting tea for cold winter days or rainy mornings. 


What is bug-bitten tea?

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Gongfu style (Gaiwan)
6g | per 100ml | 98°C | 1 min
+ 10s per steep for at least 5 steeps

Western style (Teapot)
3g | per 100ml | 95°C | 3mins
+ 1 min per steep for at least 3 steeps

Cold brew
10g | 1L | Room temp/ refrigerated | 6 hours

As a roasted, balled tea, Red Oolong (Organic) does well with temperatures close to boiling. You can rinse the tea first to speed up the unfurling process and get a stronger first infusion.

These are just guidelines. As we always say, it’s best to experiment with a range of temperatures and leaf-to-water ratios to understand the tea and your own taste preferences.

Goes with:

Red Oolong



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Due to the pandemic, international delivery fees are higher than normal and we cannot deliver to some countries. Contact us at for help.

Hong Kong delivery

Delivery is free for orders of HK$500 or more. Heavy items do not qualify for free shipping. Please allow 5-7 working days for your delivery. See our shipping policy.

International delivery

Delivery is free for orders of HK$2500 or more. All other orders have a flat delivery fee of HK$450. Heavy items do not qualify for free shipping. We aim to send orders within 5 business days of payment, and they are usually delivered within 14-60 days, depending on the destination. See our shipping policy.

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