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"Oolong tea, also known as "wulong" or "black dragon" tea, is a traditional Chinese tea that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is made by partially fermenting the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, which gives it a unique flavor profile that falls somewhere between green and black tea. Oolong tea is known for its smooth, floral flavor and is often used in traditional Chinese tea ceremonies.
The history of oolong tea can be traced back to the Ming Dynasty in China, where it was first developed. However, it wasn't until the 19th century that oolong tea became popular in Taiwan. Today, the most famous oolong tea producing areas are located in the Fujian, Guangdong and Taiwan provinces.
In terms of processing, oolong tea leaves are plucked and then allowed to wither under the sun before being shaken in bamboo baskets, a process that bruises the edges of the leaves and initiates oxidation, giving oolong tea leaves their signature ‘red’ edges. The leaves are then repeatedly roasted and hand-rolled to give them their unique shape.
Oolong tea is a partially oxidized tea, which means it falls somewhere between a green and black tea in terms of oxidation level. The degree of oxidation can vary depending on the tea maker, and can range from 10% to 80%. Generally, the less oxidized the tea, the closer it is to a green tea and the more floral and fresh its flavors. Conversely, the more oxidized the tea, the closer it is to a black tea and the more robust, woody, and caramel-like its flavors.
For example, a lightly oxidized oolong tea (around 10-20%), like our Milky Oolong, may have a delicate and floral taste, while a medium-oxidized oolong, like our Muzha Tieguanyin, (around 30-50%) may have a richer, fruitier, and creamier flavor. A heavily oxidized oolong (around 60-80%), like our Oriental Beauty, may have a bolder and more complex taste, with notes of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and honey. The level of oxidation can also affect the color of the tea, with lighter oolongs having a green-yellow hue and darker oolongs having a more reddish-brown color. Overall, the level of oxidation plays a significant role in the flavor and appearance of oolong tea, making it a fascinating and versatile tea to explore.
One of the main health benefits of oolong tea is that it can aid in weight loss. Studies have shown that oolong tea can help to increase metabolism and burn fat, making it a great choice for those looking to lose weight. It also contains antioxidants which is beneficial for skin care and can improve overall skin health. Oolong tea has also been found to have a positive effect on mental alertness and cognitive function. The caffeine and L-theanine content in oolong tea can help to improve focus and concentration, making it a great choice for those looking to improve their productivity.
At The Teh Company, we offer a wide range of premium oolong teas, carefully sourced and selected from around the world. Try our different types of oolong tea and discover which one you like the best today. Use the code ILOVETEH10 at checkout to receive 10% off your first purchase.