What is Oolong Tea?

Oolong tea is neither black or green tea, but it is often considered to be between green and black. We at Teavast believe Oolong deserves its own category. Tea masters all have their own preference to how they prepare Oolong tea and the flavor profile they are looking for.

ORIGINS

Beiyuan tea and Oolong tea produced in Fujian was a form of tribute tea to the Emperor and Royal family in China. The tribute was to offer the rarest and finest tea that produces a strong sweet scent with no bitter finish to royalty.

POPULARITY

In the early 19th century, the queen had some Oolong tea brought back by the British ambassador to China. Ever since the Queen of England was very impressed by Oolongs sweet taste and aromatic scent, Oolong tea is now known as “Oriental Beauty”.

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Each leaf is carefully hand pick.

PROCESSING STAGES

  1. Oolong tea leaves are harvested in Spring and end of Autumn, then withered down to reduce moisture content.

  2. The tea then goes through a bruising process, furthering the oxidation process.

  3. Once the ideal aroma is achieved, the bruised leaves are pan-fried at high heat to stop the oxidation process and loss of moisture.

  4. The tea now goes through either a rolling process, causing the leaves to secret juices and then baked.

  5. Lastly, they are graded and packaged.

OOLONG TEA BENEFITS

ENERGY

  • It is a great Energizer! The caffeine value is lower than that of green tea and black.

ANTIOXIDANTS

  • Rich in Antioxidants that promotes bone, skin and dental health.

FIGHTING POWER

  • The polyphenolic compound in Oolong tea is also helpful in removing free radicals in our bodies that are associated with cancer, stroke, arthritis, neurodegeneration, and diabetes.

PROTECTION

  • Oolong Tea contains vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, vitamin A,B,C, and K.

METABOLISM BOOST

  • Oolong tea has polyphenolic compounds which is very effective in controlling the metabolism of the fat in the human body.