OOLONG TEA

Oolongs were developed after green and black teas, around 300-400 years ago. Originally they were developed in the Chinese coastal province of Fujian.

In the early 1800’s a Fujian tea merchant took some seeds to Taiwan to see how well the plants would grow there. It proved to be very successful and so in the  following years tea production in Taiwan became very widespread. 

From that time on, Oolong tea has been the most widely exported type of tea from Taiwan.

What is Oolong?

Oolong tea offers enthusiasts a wide-ranging choice of styles, aromas, and flavours. These teas are famously diverse, with a unique set of particulars regarding leaf style, color, oxidation level, and degree of roasting. In many respects it is the most intricate and complex tea to manufacture.

Good oolong tea leaves are the kind most commonly recommended for multiple infusions, and every infusion presents new flavours each time. The fourth or fifth infusions are often being considered the best. 

How Oolong is Made

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1

Withering

Withering (sun drying) is the first processing stage of oolong teas, and the leaves are first spread out in indirect sunlight. his enhances the tea´s sweetness and prepares the leaves for further processing.

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2

Oxidation

The process of oxidation causes more chemical reactions within the tea leaves, adding to the flavor profile of the tea. Tea leaves can be oxidized inside bamboo tumblers like this one.

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3

Fixing

As soon as the desired level of oxidation is reached, the enzymes are de-activated by applying heat. This process is called fixing and it is done by panning the tea leaves in a hot rotating drum.

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4

Rolling

Next, the tea leaves are slightly twisted or rolled into a ball shape. The rolling is done to break the cells of the leaf and to develop flavour.

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5

Drying

The tea leaves are then dried to reduce to the remaining moisture content to a minimum and, in the case of premium oolongs, the stems are manually removed to reduce bitterness.

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6

Roasting

After drying, the highest quality, artisan-crafted oolong teas are usually baked over charcoal. The roasting helps to preserve the leaves for a longer time and contributes to the complexity of taste and aroma of oolong teas. It also reduces the level of caffeine in tea.

9 key Oolong Benefits

  • High in Antioxidants
  • Helps Prevent Cancer
  • Improves Mental Health
  • Improves Heart Health
  • Boosts Alertness and Performance
  •    Aids Weight Loss
  • Strengthens Teeth and Bones
  • Controls Diabetes
  • Lowers Cholesterol Level

How to Brew Oolong Tea

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  • Preheat a teapot by pouring boiling water into it, raising the temperature of the teapot to at least 85°C.
  • Discard the water. In your teapot, or filter, add 1 teaspoon of loose tea for each cup of tea you're brewing.
  • Prepare the water to a temperature between 85°C- 95°C, but never over the boiling point. The optimal water temperature depends on the oxidation level of the oolong tea leaves. For lighter, greener oolongs, stay on the lower temperature side. For darker, blacker oolongs, you can bring the water temperature higher, up to the boiling point.
  • Pour the fresh, hot water over the tea. This super-saturates the tea, allowing the perfect extraction of the flavor. Let the tea steep for 3-4 minutes.
  • Pour the tea through a strainer into the cups. Enjoy.

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