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Made from a delicious blend of top quality, fresh leaves, Rose Pouchong is a light and aromatic tea, that offers delicate flavours, subtle melon fragrances and wonderful floral notes.
South China Black Tea
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Your Guide to Pouchong Tea
Pouchong tea is produced in the Fujian Province of China, and also in the Pinglin District of Taiwan, an area renowned for Pouchong tea production. Rose Pouchong tea is a delightful, light and refreshing Chinese speciality tea, that has a sweet, rose-perfumed flavour, delicate, floral fragrance and a smooth finish. When infused, it yields a pale, straw-coloured liquor with a mild acidity.
Pouchong Oolong tea is produced in Taiwan, in the Pinglin District of New Taipei. It may also be referred to as ‘Baozhong tea’ and is sometimes called ‘flower tea’ because of its floral characteristics. Wen Shan Pouchong tea or Wenshan Baozhong are other names used for Pouchong teas. Like most teas, Pouchong is made with Camellia sinensis leaves, but when they are processed, the length of time they are oxidised is controlled to produce a tea that falls somewhere between a green tea and a light Oolong.
How Pouchong Tea is Produced
Unlike black teas, Pouchong teas are only lightly oxidised (fermented); in China, Pouchong is sometimes regarded as a green tea, even though it is slightly fermented and green teas are generally not oxidised at all. Pouchong Oolong tea, or Bao Zhong, is traditionally made with long, twisted leaves of a deep green hue, that are hand-picked around the end of March. After being slightly fermented, they are withered indoors, before being panned, rolled and dried. The name ‘Bao Zhong’ is believed to have originated in China more than a century ago, and means ‘the wrapped kind’; referring to particular teas of a twisted nature that were once wrapped in paper. Rose Pouchong tea leaves are interleaved with fragrant rose petals during the drying process, so they take on the delicate scent and natural flavour of the roses.
Reviews of Pouchong Tea
Below is a selection of comments from customers who have enjoyed the sweet and subtle flavours of our delicious Pouchong teas.
Made from a delightful blend of top quality, fresh South China black tea leaves, our Rose Pouchong loose tea is light and aromatic, and delivers delicate flavours, subtle melon fragrances and wonderful floral notes.
“What a refreshing, fragrant and sweet tea perfect with a mid afternoon piece of cake.”
Paul B. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“delicately floral, nice gentle flavour.”
Lois R. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Delicate black tea with a subtle, beautiful rose aroma. A real favourite of mine.”
Fiona C. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Quick delivery. Well packaged. Good price. Brilliant mellow tea. What's not to like? Very satisfied customer. I'll be back.”
Pauline C. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“I have been searching for the right rose pouchong for my palate for a while now . This is great tea and the aroma and flavour of rose is just perfect and delicate ! Love it!”
Rekha P. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“I have tried a few others, but this is the best rose flavoured tea so far, a very natural flavour and scent, no artificial tastes or smells, a very smooth easy to drink any time tea, definitely no milk for me, but occasionally a fine slice of lemon.”
Barbara H. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“I have only recently discovered this tea, and it has become my go to morning tea. Delicate and very fragrant. I had tried other suppliers, but Tea Direct arrived promptly and well packaged, Will definitely buy again.”
Sarah G. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Delicate Chinese black tea infused with rose petals and rose oil. Background tasting aromas of Turkish delight! 250g pack purchased from tea-direct.co.uk, reasonable price and delivery within a couple of days of placing the order. Very happy!”
Malcolm S. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A slightly fermented tea, sourced from Pinglin in Taiwan. This whole leaf, hand-picked Oolong tea reveals a light, delicate flavour with a smooth finish, and subtle vegetal notes.
“If you haven't tried this tea yet, what are you waiting for?!”
Gisele D. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What does Pouchong tea taste like?
Pouchong teas are loved for their mild, floral flavours and fresh flower aromas. Rose Pouchong tea has a delicious, naturally sweet, rose-perfumed flavour that is created when rose petals are scattered over the tea leaves as they dry. Pouchong tea flavours and fragrances have also been likened to lilac and vanilla, being slightly vegetal, and having notes of melon.
Pouchong tea is a refreshing beverage to drink on a warm afternoon and it makes a lovely iced tea. The delicate floral taste of a Rose Pouchong infusion makes it a fabulous ingredient to use in cake recipes and other culinary delights. And for dinner parties, a lightly brewed Pouchong is a good palate cleanser to sip between courses.
How should I prepare Rose Pouchong and Bao Zhong teas?
The delicate nature of Pouchong teas means they are best infused for a shorter time than black teas, and at a lower temperature, so the subtle flavours and aromas can be fully appreciated. Freshly boiled water should be used, preferably filtered tap or bottled spring water. Using 2 teaspoons of tea for every 236 ml of water, loose leaf Rose Pouchong and Pouchong Oolong teas should be steeped at temperatures between 85ºC-96ºC (185ºF-205ºF) for 2-3 minutes, or according to taste.
Where can I buy the best Pouchong tea?
When sourcing the best Pouchong tea online, you need look no further than Tea-Direct to find some of the finest Pouchong teas available. You can browse our full range here.