Himalayan Hand-Rolled Oolong Tea
Half-way between green and black tea, oolong tea is the perfect choice to explore the breadth of flavours and fragrances that tea can offer. Loose leaf pouch in plastic-free packaging, tin designed by Himalayan artists.
Perhaps one of the most complex teas to process consistently, oolong tea is semi-oxidized. In other words, it sits half-way between green and black teas. Oolong teas offer an incredible range of flavours and fragrances and are the perfect option to start exploring the world of fine teas.
Indian oolongs are extremely rare, and this one truly is a gem waiting to be discovered, sip after sip.
Thanks to an extremely careful handling, the hand-rolled leaves remain impossibly long and gently uncurl in your teapot. Deep gold in colour and smooth to the palate, this oolong tea offer many benefits:
- Weakly oxidised: all the benefits of green tea without any of the bitterness
- A fragrance that reminds of moss: this is a tea that takes you along for a little forest walk!
- A natural sweetness with a hint of nut
You will like it if: you are new to tea, or if you are an afficionado of long leaves.
How to brew
- Put a full teaspoon of tea leaves in a strainer (approx. 2.5 g)
- This tea will take room as its long leaves uncurl, so preferably use a large strainer or an open one
- Add freshly-boiled, but not boiling, water and watch…
- Remove the strainer when you like the shade of gold – it takes approximately 3 to 5 minutes
- Brew at least 3 times and enjoy tasting
Keep away from sunlight, heat and moisture. If possible, it is also best to store separately from coffee and spices to avoid their strong aroma to leach into your tea.
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Important restriction: Please note that in order to provide a refund, it is essential that the tea packaging (box, tin, pouch, bag or any form of packaging sealing in the tea leaves) has never been opened and is intact. We hope you understand that this is a basic health and safety measure.
Cancellation template. Your cancellation email to us should include the following information (our name, Darvaza Teas, and the date will be verified by the email provider):
• your name
• your address
• the dates of your order and its delivery to you
• the details of the items you wish to cancel
Within the 14-day cancellation period, you do not have to provide a reason and we have to accept your wish to cancel your order. This is not legally required after the 14-day period, so do get in touch with us to discuss!
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- Shop: Darvaza Teas
- Owner: Gwenaelle Lefeuvre
What were the odds?
An Indian senior civil servant: Sandeep.
A French physicist: Gwenn.
Really, our paths had no reason at all to cross... But somewhow, during a wintery chance encounter in New York State in 2007, they did. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship, punctuated with travels around India (like this one below in breathtaking Ladakh) and long discussions about Indian classical poetry, Bollywood, Mughal history, colonialism, social justice... and tea. Lots of tea. Incredible teas that Gwenn had never tasted in Europe, because they had never made it there.
Our idea to open Darvaza Teas brewed for a long time, but eventually we did it.
Respecting tea, respecting people
Are you like us?
Tea has been our favourite companion for quiet me-times and catch-ups with friends and family for decades. But as our awareness of the impact of our shopping habits on the rest of the world and on the environment grew, we could see that there was a problem with our cuppas.
We could enjoy a fine loose tea, but at the cost of a long and opaque supply chain. Or there were teas that we could not get excited about drinking, even though they collected all the fair trade and sustainability stamps.
The more we researched the tea industry, how the tea is plucked, processed and sold, the more we realised how heavily colonialism had shaped it in India (and still does!) and how ungrateful it is towards its workforce.
We didn't want to be part of an exploitative system. So we decided that if we could find growers who would respect their workforce as much as they do their land, and who would grow a variety of outstanding teas, then we would have a chance to make a difference.
We found them. We met them, we tasted their teas and visited their factories. Everything was a 'wow' factor.
We were done compromising.
Darvaza Teas was born.
22 The Drive
Brighton and Hove
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