What is oolong tea?
Hello, Regina here!
If you come from a Chinese or Taiwanese background, or have experienced those cultures, you probably know that oolong tea is one of the common teas that people consume daily. However, to those that aren’t familiar, today I am going to try to answer your most frequently asked questions!
Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea and has been an integral part of the culture. It’s produced from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, which is actually the same type of plant that makes green tea and black tea. The difference between green tea, black tea, and oolong tea is the level of oxidation and how they are processed. In terms of oxidation levels, oolong tea sits between the two: green tea < oolong tea < black tea. Oolong tea also involves more complicated processing compared to green tea and black tea.
Oolong tea originates from Fujian province in China. Its seeds and processing techniques were brought into Taiwan in the 18th-19th century. Although both regions share similar roots, their culture and flavour preferences for food are very different. This also affects how tea masters from the two regions process their oolong tea.
Oolong tea is known for its delightful taste and mood-lifting fragrance. The taste of oolong tea is full of layers but smooth. It can vary widely, some can be sweet and woody, or rich, depending on oxidation and roasting levels. Oolong tea’s aroma is especially incomparable. It has a mix of smoky, fresh, and floral notes that will lighten your mood instantly.
Oolong tea DOES contain caffeine. The levels of caffeine differ from 35 - 55 mg, which is about the same amount of caffeine in decaf coffee. Therefore, oolong tea is a perfect substitute for people who are looking for a milder boost during the day.
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