IRON BUDDHA TEA LOOSE LEAFWe Are Tea
A SLIGHTLY SMOKY, MYSTERIOUS "BLACK DRAGON"
Also know as Tieguanyin, our Iron Buddha loose leaf tea is sourced in Anxi in the Fujian Province, South East China, the home of oolong tea.
One of the most popular teas drunk in China, our Iron Buddha tea is full-bodied and complex with a nutty undertone. The leaves are hand-picked and traditionally rolled to give a dark, curly, open leaf appearance. As the leaves infuse, the tightly rolled beads unfurl, beautiful!
Punchier than our Mountain Pearl Oolong, we'll drink this anytime of day. Like other oolongs, it’s lower in caffeine than a traditional black tea, packed full of antioxidants and can boost your metabolism. The tea leaves can be resteeped multiple times with every resteep unlocking more flavour and delivering a stronger brew.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF OOLONG TEA?
Sadly oolong teas aren’t common in the west but we’re hoping to change that. “Oolong” comes from the Chinese "Wu Long Cha", meaning “The Black Dragon.”
Rightly its own category of tea, oolong tea is distinguished by the level of oxidation. All tea leaves start to oxidize once plucked; Black teas are fully oxidized while green teas have little oxidation. Anything that has an oxidation level between 8 – 85%, is considered an oolong tea. Depending on where it sits on the scale impacts the level of caffeine, antioxidants and overall flavour. The lower the oxidation, the closer it is to a green tea in taste, with a higher level of antioxidants and lower level of caffeine. The reverse is true for higher levels of oxidation.
Each box contains 75g of loose leaf oolong tea
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT OOLONG TEA
Step 1: Use one teaspoon per cup.
Step 2: Use freshly drawn boiled water that has been cooled to 70-80ºC. (Using boiling water can damage the leaves).
Step 3: Avoid oversteeping, we recommend 90 seconds. Taste it and then decide if you’d like to steep a little longer.
Keep away from moisture (until it lands in your cup!) We recommend you store your chamomile tea in an opaque, airtight container. It might look pretty in glass, but the light damages the tea leaves and subsequent taste. Nooo!
GUILT FREE SIPPING - THE ETHICAL TEA PARTNERSHIP
We’re a nation of tea monsters consuming over 165 million cuppas every year and growing. To keep up with the worlds growing love affair with tea in a socially just and environmentally sustainably way, the Ethical Tea Partnership was formed. Working with individual tea estates, we help producers & smallholder farmers raise their performance against international social & environmental standards to produce ethical tea, as well as address key issues holding back tea sustainability in the global tea producing regions. Funded by us and the other members, this training and support is free for the tea producers (yay).
Last year we were in the office discussing single use plastics and knew that we had to address this in any way we could. We coined the umbrella term guilt-free sipping to cover all our commitments to the environment going forwards. One of the biggies is removing pesky plastic from our packaging completely this year, we already have 100% biodegradable and compostable teabags and takeaway cups.