What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong tea is neither a black nor a green tea, in fact, it falls into its own category. Combining the best of both worlds, oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea. Loose leaf oolong tea uses leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, but is processed differently to black or green tea. Oxidation colours green tea leaves into a deep black colour, oolong tea is partially oxidised and sits in the middle of the two. Partial oxidisation accounts for oolong tea’s colour and unique flavour.
Types of Oolong Tea
We stock a variety of oolong tea online, each with their own tasting notes. For the oolong aficionado, we have Iron Goddess of Mercy tea (Tie Guan Yin) which is one of China’s most popular oolong teas. Typically closer to a green tea in taste, this loose leaf oolong tea is only slightly oxidised. Our Milky Oolong tea (Alishan Jin Xuan), on the other hand, is more of a beginner’s tea. Elegant and subtle, with a smooth feel to it, this oolong tea is enjoyable for everyone’s taste.
Is drinking oolong tea good for you?
The benefits of oolong tea are many; including claims that it can help prevent diabetes and improve heart health. Oolong tea may also help you lose weight, improve brain function, and could protect against cancers. When consumed in moderation, oolong tea is a safe and healthy beverage for all to savour.