Taiwanese Golden Lily Milk Oolong
Taiwanese Golden Lily Milk Oolong
Taiwanese Golden Lily Milk Oolong
Taiwanese Golden Lily Milk Oolong
Taiwanese Golden Lily Milk Oolong
Taiwanese Golden Lily Milk Oolong

Taiwanese Golden Lily Milk Oolong Loose Leaf Oolong Tea

5 reviews
Regular price £19.99
(27p per cup)

An aromatic Taiwanese Oolong loose leaf tea with a smooth, creamy texture.

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04 January 2021
Catherine E.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


Left this unopened for a 12 months to let it mature a little more. I was slightly sceptical given the price and and proliferation of "Milk" Oolongs now on the market, many are very poor indeed and indicate "lactose" as a possible allergen - not a good sign. However this tea really lived up to my (very high) expectations. First brew is, as expected, a little "green", still very pleasing but subsequent brews bring out the mild, luxurious, caramel flavour. Sweet and nuanced, smooth and creamy, a rare and rewarding find.

17 December 2020
william B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Taiwanese Gold

If there was one tea I would recommend out of all the Rare Tea Co offerings it is Taiwanese Golden Milk Lily. The sweet fragrance of the first washes of it and the complex flavours of the later ones are quite amazing. I have often given it as a present and can think of no better example of just how amazing rare tea can be. Pure gold.

22 September 2020

Update from 15th August

Since I first bought this I just left it in the tin for 3 months and it now taste lovely. It has a nice smooth mouth feel. Nice floral buttery notes - very pleasant. Do 4 stars now.

15 August 2020


Good milky feel. Infusions 1-3 have rather heavy vegetal pea-shoot flavour and slight roasted note. This subsides by infusion 4 giving a more creamy oolong with balanced astringency and grip.

10 May 2020
Lynda P.

Lovely, lovely

Subtle but satisfying, milky and subtly sweet. This was my favorite of the oolong sampler, so will buy in 50g pouch. Buy this. Do not be fooled by other vendors (especially in the US) who sell Milk Tea (in BAGS with Milk flavouring... are you kidding me?) This Golden Lily Milk Oolong is the best- it is pure and the real deal.

Tasting Notes

Sweet and grassy with soft floral notes leading to a deep verdant finish. Crafted from a rare cultivar renowned for it’s succulent, milky texture.


Use 2 - 4g of tea per 150ml of water.


For the optimum infusion wash the leaf with 100°C (212°F) water, then use the same (slightly cooled) water to infuse.


Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.


You can infuse this tea at least three times.  With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

27p per cup based on 2g of tea per 150ml of water and 3 infusions.

A gaiwan is the ultimate way to enjoy your oolong tea. Used in China since the Ming dynasty (over 900 years ago), gaiwans are unassuming but beautifully functional teapots that can be used to explore tea to its fullest – the following method can be used to make up to six infusions.

Start with 4-6g of oolong tea and pop it in the gaiwan teapot. Boil a kettle to 100°C/212°F, then pour an inch of the water on the leaf for a few seconds, then discard this liquid. This "wash" softens the rolled leaf and allows the water to penetrate.

Next, fill the gaiwan with hot water to just below the rim, infuse for 5-10 seconds and strain completely into your cup or a jug. There's no need to reheat the water as you go, because the softened leaves will require lower temperatures to release their flavours - but you will need to extend the time to 10-20 seconds for later steeps. We recommend at least six infusions to allow the leaf to completely open out and reveal all its beauty.

For a more comprehensive guide to using a gaiwan see our full guide here.

Here is a short video demonstrating how to get the most out of your precious oolong leaves with a gaiwan:


Milk Oolong

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