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Among the various types of tea, Oolong loose leaf tea stands out as a delightful and distinctive beverage cherished by tea enthusiasts worldwide. Combining the characteristics of both green and black tea, Oolong offers a unique taste, aroma, and health benefits.

But for starters, let's answer the question, "what is Oolong Tea?". Lot's of people don't know what they're missing out on!

Oolong tea (also known as "wu-long"), is a traditional Chinese tea variety that occupies a special place in the world of tea. It falls between the processing methods of green and black tea, and I think it creates a harmonious balance between the two.

The name "oolong" translates to "black dragon" in Chinese, which symbolises the partially oxidised leaves that resemble the shape of a dragon (if you're imaginative and look hard enough!).



Oolong tea finds its roots in China's Fujian province, although it is now produced in many other regions such as Taiwan and parts of Southeast Asia.

The specific cultivation areas and processing methods contribute to the distinct flavours and aromas of Oolong tea. High-quality Oolong teas are often produced from hand-picked leaves that are carefully processed to maintain their integrity.

The manufacturing process involves withering, tossing or shaking, oxidation, fixation, rolling, and drying. The level of oxidation plays a crucial role in determining the flavour profile of Oolong tea.

The oxidation ranges from light (similar to green tea) to medium or even dark (closer to black tea).




The answer is oxidation.

Compared to green tea, Oolong loose leaf tea undergoes a more extensive oxidation process. While green tea is not oxidised and it retains a light, grassy aroma and flavour, Oolong tea offers a more complex taste due to the partial oxidisation of the leaves.

As for the contrast against black tea which is fully oxidised, Oolong tea is only partly so. The full oxidisation of black tea gives it its darker colours and robust, malty flavours. Oolong tea, with its partial oxidation presents a range of flavours and a smoother, less astringent character compared with black tea.

This variation in oxidation is responsible for the broad spectrum of Oolung tea flavours and colours which can range from floral and fruity, to toasty and robust.

I think Oolong strikes a great balance between the freshness of green tea and the richness of black tea.


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Oolong tea has a long and esteemed history that dates back many centuries. According to my research, it was first produced during the Ming Dynasty in China and gained prominence during the Qing Dynasty. Emperors and scholars of ancient China held Oolong tea in high regard for its intricate flavours and reputed health benefits.

Today, Oolong tea continues to be cherished and enjoyed by tea enthusiasts worldwide. It has gained popularity beyond China and is appreciated in various cultures. The Chinese and Taiwanese populations continue to have a strong affinity for Oolong tea, where it is a staple part of their tea culture.

Additionally, Oolong tea has gained a significant following in Western countries due to its unique taste and the growing interest in specialty teas.

Oolong is a Chinese tea.

However, in Japan Oolong tea used to be one of the highest-selling vending machine beverages - I saw it everywhere; in Japanese boardrooms, offices and public places and so on. I didn't particularly like this kind of tea when I lived there up until 2003, because it all tasted the same to me. Back then, I didn't know that there were many varieties of Oolong tea. Fast-forward by 20+ years and Oolong tea is now one of my favourite evening hot drinks! I particularly like Oolong tea after I meditate...

It is interesting how times have changed in Japan too. The Japanese taste has graduated towards preferring their own green tea varieties such as sencha, and hojicha. Oolong tea remains popular everywhere, though!

Health Benefits

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Oolong tea offers numerous potential health benefits. Just like green tea, it contains catechins and other antioxidants that contribute to its healthful properties. These antioxidants help fight free radicals, reduce inflammation, and support overall well-being.

Oolong tea is also believed to aid digestion, boost metabolism, and promote weight management. Additionally, it contains vitamins, minerals, and compounds that may support heart health and help maintain healthy skin.

Just remember: It is drunk without milk - adding milk to it is just... yuck!

oolong tea remains popular worldwide

Today, Oolong tea continues to captivate tea enthusiasts worldwide. Its popularity extends beyond China, as it gains recognition and appreciation in various cultures. Chinese and Taiwanese populations still hold a deep affinity for Oolong tea, while it has also become a favourite among tea connoisseurs in Western countries.

Whether you are an avid tea drinker or simply seeking a new experience, I encourage you to try Oolong tea and let it present you with a captivating cup! Its distinct flavour profile, derived from the artful balance of oxidation, offers a delightful journey for the senses.

Embrace the heritage and cultural significance of Oolong tea as you savour each sip, knowing that you are enjoying in a beverage cherished for centuries with added health benefits along the way!

Product: China OolongChina Oolong Tea
Product: Taiwan Milky OolongTaiwan Milky Oolong Tea
Product: Wulong Fujian-APremium Fujian-A Wu-Long

We have several varieties of oolong loose leaf tea in our shop including:

Taiwan Milky Oolong
Premium Fujian-A Wu-Long

We are also able to order Tieguanyin (the Iron Goddess of Mercy) oolong tea, as a special order in quantities of 500g and up.

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