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Last Updated: Apr. 7, 2014 

About Osmanthus Tea

Tea with dark olive-green leaves, many broken, and a few small orange dried flowers mixed inLoose-Leaf Guangxi Osmanthus Tea from Tea Horse, Photo © Alex Zorach, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Osmanthus tea, called guihua cha(桂花茶) in Chinese, is tea that has been scented with the flowers of the Osmanthus fragrans plant, similarly to how jasmine tea is made. Osmanthus tea originated in China, and is one of many traditional scented teas, less widely known than jasmine tea.

Green, black, white, pouchong, and oolong teas can all be used as the base for osmanthus tea. As with jasmine, when milder base teas like silver needle are used as the base, the osmanthus scent is more clearly evident in the aroma.

Pure (unscented) oolong smelling like osmanthus

Osmanthus tea is distinct from golden osmanthus or huang jin gui oolong, a style of oolong tea which has an aroma suggestive of osmanthus flowers, but which does not actually contain any flowers or ingredients other than the tea leaf.

Huang Jin Gui is a se chung oolong; the similarity between the aromas of se chung and osmanthus flowers is also reflected by the fact that sometimes se chung oolongs are used as the base for osmanthus tea.

When a greener huang jin gui, or other greener oolong with a floral fragrance is used as the base for osmanthus tea, the aromas can blend seamlessly together, making it hard to distinguish the aroma of the osmanthus blossoms from that of the tea itself.

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Taiwan Osmanthus Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: Blend
Feb. 10th, 2018

This is a good tea! Not what I expected at all though. Teavivre says to use 5g of tea so I will try that next time. The smell and taste is not very complex, a little vegetal and very floral. I do not think I will get this tea again though, as Adagio's golden flower tea is just too good of a price.

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51 / 100

Kwai Flower Oolong from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: ?????
Aug. 11th, 2017

This is a new tea that Het Gouden Randje has just added to its inventory. I drank a cup of it in the tea shop, and I did my best to taste it properly. It's always difficult, though; I prefer to drink teas at home with more controlled conditions and multiple chances to get to know them properly.
I feel like this time e...

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75 / 100
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I asked the owner of Het Gouden Randje to recommend me a Chinese green tea, and she served me this. I don't usually go for flavoured teas, but this one was so good that I bought 50 grams of it. I can't actually remember the price (of course it doesn't help that I bought three other kinds of tea at the same time, as wel...

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87 / 100
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Osmanthus Green Oolong from Music City Tea

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: ?????
Jan. 11th, 2017

This is a very nice pure tea. The osmanthus flowers are a nice complement, but it's the oolong tea that shines. Heads up: the tea expands a *lot* in water, so use a smaller scoop than normal --- maybe a half size? Also, it resteeps very well.

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100 / 100
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Taiwan Osmanthus Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: Blend
Jun. 4th, 2014

The aroma is extremely floral and sweet. If you have never sniffed an osmanthus flower, the aroma is like a mix of jasmine, honeysuckle, and orange blossoms, it is heady and heavenly, tiny flowers with a very strong aroma. Blend this flower's aroma with a sweet, almost milky, aroma of the oolong. There are also faint n...

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Guangxi Osmanthus

Brand:Tea Horse
Style:Osmanthus Tea
Region:Guangxi, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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3 Ratings
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Taiwan Osmanthus Oolong

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Osmanthus Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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China Sweet Osmanthus

Brand:Het Gouden Randje
Style:Osmanthus Tea
Region:Guangxi, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Kwai Flower Oolong

Brand:Het Gouden Randje
Style:Osmanthus Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Osmanthus Oolong Se Chung

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Osmanthus Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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Guangxi Osmanthus

Brand:Tea Horse
Style:Osmanthus Tea
Region:Guangxi, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
42
3 Ratings

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