Everything About Oolong Teas - Part 1

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Everything About Oolong Teas - Part 1

Everyone knows about black tea and green tea, but there is one kind of drink that hits the sweet spot. It’s Oolong tea. This type of tea distinguishes itself from Black, White, and Green teas because of its unique processing method.

What Is Oolong Tea?

Oolong tea, also known as Wulong or Wuyi tea, merges the best traits of black tea and green tea. The tea is derived from the tea plant Camellia Sinensis. The meaning of Oolong tea gets lost in translation from Chinese to English. Wu-long promotes a feeling of antiquity and secrecy, while Oolong sounds less localized and more international. At its core, Oolong tea has many health benefits that include weight loss and protection from cancer.

What Makes Oolong Tea Magical?

The flavor of oolong tea depends on the processing techniques employed by the tea artisan. Its character ranges from full bodies to light, sweet to toasty, and floral to grassy. Experts often compare the differences between the flavors and types to the differences between fine wines.

The flavor profile for oolong tea is not easy to generalize. Since oolong tea is partially oxidized, its oxidation levels can range from green tea to black tea. There is a high variation in its range of flavors.

The dark, luscious, and deep browns of mahogany and leathery texture invite you to take the first sip. The smallest sip of oolong tea can bring in pleasurable and intense sensations to the mind and mouth. The notes of caramel, fruit, and toffee bring incredible satisfaction to the drinker, and it just can’t be beaten.

How to Make Oolong Tea?

There is a diverse range of flavors of oolong tea. These depend primarily on the extent of oxidation of the tea leaves. Make sure you try them all out to see which one is best. You can brew oolong tea using sophisticated traditional Chinese methods or the easy-to-brew Western method. Each technique brings its unique benefits to the cup, with the Chinese offering a full-bodied and complete tea drinking experience for connoisseurs to enjoy.
The western method is friendlier for the new tea connoisseur who wishes to quickly brew their cup and get back to other activities of the day.

Among the Chinese, the two popular methods involve a Yixing teapot or a Gaiwan. A Yixing teapot is designed specifically for brewing oolong teas; this is because it absorbs the tea with each steeping, allowing one to brew a batch of oolong tea with rich flavor profiles. In contrast, Gaiwan is a lidded bowl that was developed by the Ming dynasty.

Yixing Teapots

Yixing Teapots

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Gaiwan Teapots

Gaiwan Teapots

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It has a large opening, like a saucepan, allowing tea drinkers to observe the visual magic unfold as oolong tea brews. To use the Gaiwan teapot properly, place your fingers underneath the bowl and the thumb resting on the top of the saucer.

The western method requires no prerequisites. Use any teapot you have on hand for a more straightforward approach. You won’t unlock the full flavor profile of oolong teas, but you will enjoy it when you’re in a hurry.


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