Tanzania Oolong Tea Usambara: complex and richly flavoured.
Tea was first cultivated in Tanzania in the 1930s but only to a commercial degree after the Second World War. Since independence in 1961 the fortunes of smallholder farmers suffered but privatisation and research into the best tea clonals plus soil and water conservation has led to a resurgence of quality production. This rare oolong tea is a prime example. It is produced to the east of the Usambara Mountains in the high plateau of the Masai Steppe to the north of Mount Kilimanjaro at an altitude of about 3000 feet. The area is one of great bio-diversity, surrounded by the rain-forest of the Amani Nature Reserve. The leaf is open-style being long and wiry. This Tanzania oolong tea is smooth, complex and richly flavoured. Use one heaped teaspoon of this bulky tea per person and infuse for five minutes with boiled water that has come off the boil.
See also our Tanzania Green Tea Usambara.
Tea from Grey’s Teas
Our teas are loose leaf and we specialise in large leaf grades. All are made using traditional orthodox methods. Our teas are from named tea gardens or defined areas of origin.
Sourcing our tea
This Tanzania oolong tea has been chosen for its distinctive, balanced flavour, aroma and appearance. Our tea is carefully sourced from long-established shippers. We can therefore guarantee the quality and origin of each tea and that it conforms to UK food and drink health regulations and our own demanding grading requirements.
The benefits of loose leaf tea
This loose leaf tea enables the full flavour characteristics of the tea to infuse. This tea is chosen for its high grade which imparts the flavour and aroma characteristics for which this tea is best known. A little extra time is necessary when infusing large leaf grades but you will be rewarded with a superior, more balanced cup. You will be well rewarded for your patience!
There are generally several packing options to choose from. These are 60 grams, 125 grams and 250 grams, the default being 125 grams in a packet. Our silver-coloured packets are a triple laminate of paper, foil and cellophane, specifically designed for tea. Alternatively, you can select a tin caddy for your tea. These square, silver coloured caddies have hinged lids. Again, 60 gram, 125 gram and 250 gram options are generally available as options which can be selected from the drop-down list. Packets and caddies have full-colour labels.
For delivery our standard shipping is second class post unless you choose an alternative option such as first class post or courier. Free UK shipping is available for orders over £30 and free first class post can be chosen for orders over £50.
Storing your tea
Store your tea with care by ensuring it is stored air-tight, away from heat, light, moisture and strong aromas. Our standard best-before period is one year from packing and all teas are packed to order.
A guide to our tea
At the checkout you may choose to receive a free, full-colour, eight-page guide to our tea. For more information about buying our loose leaf teas see our page How to Buy the Best Loose Leaf Tea.