Shangri-La Oolong

  • $ 14.00
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Shangri-La Oolong
Shangri-La Oolong
Shangri-La Oolong
Shangri-La Oolong
Shangri-La Oolong

Organic Green Tea

Shangri-La Oolong

Smoky | Campfire | Spicy

  • $ 14.00
Weight:

50 grams approx. 25 cups

Quantity:
A spicy premium loose leaf oolong tea with biscuity and peppery aromas. This full-bodied brew features smooth tannins and notes of caramel and malt.
Ingredients

Oolong tea (camellia sinensis)

Producer

Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center Pvt. Ltd. (KTERC). KTERC is the first certified organic tea garden in Nepal that was established in 1984 by Mr. Deepak Prakash Baskota to rid his community of poverty. It remains a model social enterprise still today, that runs on cooperative infrastructure and is truly focused on the people and planet before profit.

Production Process

Our Shangri-la Oolong is quite an artistic and unique loose leaf oolong tea. It is not as subtle and/or light as Taiwanese oolongs, rather, it mostly resembles some darker roasted Chinese Oolongs. It does not follow the multiple rolling and oxidation process that a typical oolong would go through. Instead, matured leaves are plucked, withered for a few hours and placed through an enzymer to soften the leaves and also stop the oxidation to a degree. The tea leaves then go through about 30-40 mins rolling process in varying pressure levels. The soft and rubbery leaves are oxidized for another 2 hours before finishing the tea in a commercial dryer resulting in a darker quite heavily oxidized nutty oolong. We’ve been a fan of this oolong tea since its first production and have received tremendous positive reviews ever since.

Origin

Our tea garden is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, in the eastern part of Nepal. Located precisely near the western borders of Darjeeling, India and north of the Illam, the most famous tea growing region in Nepal, our small village enjoys the best of both worlds. Situated at an altitude of 1300-1800 meters (4,200 - 6000 feet), the area enjoys a pristine himalayan climatic conditions to produce highly unique and aromatic teas.

Who is Shangri-La Oolong for?

This loose leaf oolong tea will impress both the beginner and the sophisticated tea connoisseurs. The big debate of whether to classify this as a black tea or an oolong will surely remain and will invoke many fun conversations. Tea drinkers who enjoy any Chinese or roasted taiwanese oolongs, darjeeling teas will surely be mystified positively by what this tea can offer. We also recommend you try our oolong cold-brewed as well; you might think it is a completely different tea!

What are the pros saying about this tea?
  • Notes on Tea Review
  • Hanamichi Review
  • Tea in the Ancient World Review
  • Gongfu Brewing
  • 200 degrees (15 Seconds + Increasing 5, 10, 15, 30, etc.)
  • Candidate for Gongfu: Yes
  • Evolution of Flavor Profile: The flavor profile did not expand in new directions, but became more nuanced in the smoky, woody, caramel profile.
  • Body and Aromatics: Medium body to watery after the 3rd steeping, woodsy aromatics stayed in the throat
  • Steeping Parameters: Good as stated, I didn't have enough leaf to experiment, but I think this tea would respond well to a higher initial steeping temperature, then letting the water cool down naturally for further steepings. This might help bring out some of the greener notes hidden underneath.
  • Structure: Well structured for the first 5 steepings, no overwhelming astringency to get through.
  • Notes: Given the shape of the leaves, they didn't expand throughout the steeping process - I would consider the tea finished after six or seven steepings.


product certification

Certification

USDA Organic, CERES certified

product caffeine

Caffeine

Medium caffeine content

product availability

Availability

Steep time

product sleep

2 gms

product sleep

8.5 fl. oz.

product sleep

160º F

product sleep

3 min

Tea Maker:

Nirananda Acharya

"Tea has given a direction to the farmers and producers alike. The tea they grow and make travels the world as well as brings the world to them."

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A sip of serenity

A sip of serenity

Shangrila Oolong comes to rescue you from the inescapable long days. An alluring break from the pandemonium, this tea will boost your energy

Spice and everything nice

Spice and everything nice

Sharpen your senses to that sweet spot like you’ve just woken from a good nap. Flavor of honey laced with tiny amounts of pepper on velvet, this tea is an embrace for those who need it the most.

Beat that 3 PM slump

Beat that 3 PM slump

Sharpen your senses to that sweet spot like you’ve just woken from a good nap. Flavor of honey laced with tiny amounts of pepper on velvet, this tea is an embrace for those who need it the most.

Three steep wonder

Three steep wonder

Shangrila Oo-long stays strong till three steepings. Try brewing approximately 2 grams of loose leaf oolong tea (or a teabag) per 8.5 fl. oz. of water at 190º F, steep for 4 minutes.

Conversation starter

Conversation starter

Is this oolong tea or a black tea? The answer topples back and forth within the beginners and the connoisseur crowds.

About The Gardens

Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center Pvt. Ltd. (KTERC). KTERC is the first certified organic tea garden in Nepal. Established in 1984 by Mr. Deepak Prakash Baskota to rid his community of poverty the estate remains a model social enterprise. Kanchanjangha tea estate is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Kanchanjungha, the third highest mountain in the world, in the eastern part of Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 1300-1800 meters, the tea garden enjoys pristine Himalayan climatic conditions that produces highly unique and aromatic teas such as Kanchanjangha Noir.

More on Shangri-La Oolong

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
75%
(9)
17%
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8%
(1)
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Kristin B
Great Oolong Tea!

Love this Oolong tea! Great flavor and less caffeine than black tea.

A
ALEXANDER GAYZLER
Definitely premium

Great tea

C
Customer
This Highly Nuanced Oolong Makes An Exploration of Taste.

Shangri-La Oolong is an awesome tea; the rich flavours of this tea stand up to three infusions before they begin dropping off. In these early infusions, you enjoy notes of honey, pepper, minerals, wood, and smoke. This highly nuanced oolong makes an exploration of taste.

D
Daniel Armstrong
Solid Oolong

I have tried almost all of Napal Tea's teas, and this is probably the most nuanced of them all. The flavor is more like a high mineral black tea than any other oolong I've had, but its rich and sweet with deep body. Daily drinker material.

S
Shannon Liston
My favorite hands down

I've tried almost all of the teas and this is my favorite without question. I enjoy it everyday and it's the perfect after dinner tea for guests.

Thank you Shannon!!

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
75%
(9)
17%
(2)
8%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
K
Kristin B
Great Oolong Tea!

Love this Oolong tea! Great flavor and less caffeine than black tea.

A
ALEXANDER GAYZLER
Definitely premium

Great tea

C
Customer
This Highly Nuanced Oolong Makes An Exploration of Taste.

Shangri-La Oolong is an awesome tea; the rich flavours of this tea stand up to three infusions before they begin dropping off. In these early infusions, you enjoy notes of honey, pepper, minerals, wood, and smoke. This highly nuanced oolong makes an exploration of taste.

D
Daniel Armstrong
Solid Oolong

I have tried almost all of Napal Tea's teas, and this is probably the most nuanced of them all. The flavor is more like a high mineral black tea than any other oolong I've had, but its rich and sweet with deep body. Daily drinker material.

S
Shannon Liston
My favorite hands down

I've tried almost all of the teas and this is my favorite without question. I enjoy it everyday and it's the perfect after dinner tea for guests.

Thank you Shannon!!