Do you drink oolong tea? I did not until I watched a program a few months on the making of oolong tea which also addressed its benefits.
Oolong is neither a black tea nor a green tea; it falls into its own category of tea. Yet an oolong may end up with more black tea characteristics or more green tea characteristics depending on the direction the tea master takes in the processing of the tea.
The flavor profile of some oolong teas may lean more toward a fresh green tea (less oxidized) and others toward a malty black tea (more oxidized). The biggest difference between oolong tea and black or green teas? Oxidation and shape. Oolong teas are traditionally rolled, twisted or curled into tight balls or thin strands. These shaping techniques depend on the traditions of the tea master making the tea. Rolling is an important aspect of oolong processing that alters the appearance, color and aroma of the final tea leaves.
The origins of oolong are claimed in both China and Taiwan and the tea is still highly revered in both countries today. While the most famous oolongs originated in China and Taiwan, different styles of oolong are being made in other parts of the world today. India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand and New Zealand are just a few of the countries producing some of the world’s oolong teas.
What the benefits of this unique tea? Check out this infographic.