Like all dark teas, Oolong Tea undergoes a stringent drying, heating, or sun-exposure regimen before being ready for serving.
Spans a wide range of shades according to its potency. Light or “jade” oolongs look almost clear in comparison to the darker shade. Best described as a spectrum from golden to brown.
Oolong Tea flavoring can range from light to full-bodied, floral to grassy, and sweet to toasty.
Mainly floral. Oolong Tea is known to be sweet and fruity or woodsy and rich. The scent of lighter oolong teas contains hints of honey, while other bolder aromas are roasted and complex.
- Phoenix Tea (Dan Chong or Dan Cong)
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- Wuyi Oolong Tea (Da Hong Pao)
- High Mountain Oolong Tea (Gaoshan)
- Milk Oolong Tea (Jin Xuan Tea)
The health benefits of Oolong Tea
All teas contain high levels of antioxidants offering multiple health benefits. However, research shows that the nutrients in Oolong Tea have more potent antioxidant and antimutagenic effects than green or black varieties. In addition, research shows that the polyphenols in Oolong Tea lower blood sugar levels.
How to serve Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea is generally served without milk or sugar, but honey can be added as a sweetener.