Oolong Tea is a complex tea to make, as it is semi-oxidized and can be rolled or balled up. Oolong tea can be brewed multiple times (some up to 15 times!).
The flavor of individual oolongs teas differ greatly, but usually one can expect a complex roundedness complemented with notes ranging from sweet and misty honey to a milky creaminess and bold roasted flavors.
Oolong Tea Fun Facts and Trivia:
The Oolong tea class is a mix between black and green tea.
Once the leaves of oolong are plucked, and "bruised" so as to break them up which releases oil, the oxidation process can be anywhere from 10 to 70 percent, depending on the specific variety. This type of tea is the only one that goes through such a broad range of fermentation.
Oolong is most commonly grown in two main countries, China and Taiwan. Chinese varieties give us a more darker and "woody" tasting cup, where as the Taiwanese varieties produce a lighter, more floral tasting brew.
Oolong tea is also known as "Wu long tea". The reason for the different spelling is due to the fact that there are two methods of Romanizing the Mandarin characters. The Wades Giles system gives us Oolong, and the Pinyin method gives us Wu long. Other names for oolong are brown tea and rock tea.
There is approximately 37 mg of caffeine in 8 fl. oz. of oolong tea.
Oolong tea has greater caffeine content than green tea and lower caffeine content than black tea.
The polyphenolic compound in oolong tea is also responsible for the removal of free radicals in our body. Drinking oolong tea prevents our body from cancer, heart problems, cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis and neurodegeneration.
The high level of antioxidants in oolong tea prevents hair loss. This tea makes your hair thicker, shinier and makes it soft by adding luster to your hair. It is also said to be good for our skin as it suppress various allergic reactions and heals the damaged skin. According to scientific experiments, patients diagnosed with eczema can benefit from drinking 3 cups of oolong tea throughout the day.