Oolong Tea: easy guide, top 12 best teas

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What is Oolong tea?

Oolong tea is partially oxidized and intricately processed leaves of the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. Oolong type of tea originates from China, its name literally means “black dragon tea” (wulong cha) in Chinese.

How is oolong tea made?

There are several steps in tea production. Right after tea leaves are harvested, they are getting withered by blowing air on them until leaf’s veins are transparent. Then, the tea leaves are rolled into strips. Next step for some tea types is fermenting, or oxidizing. The type (“color”) of the tea depends on the level of oxidation.  Black tea is fully oxidized. In green tea production, the oxidation process is prevented by applying heat to the leaves: by steaming or pan-firing. In the case of oolong, oxidation is haltered half way through.

What is the ratio of monkeys employed in Oolong production? Is it cruelty free?

To the best of our knowledge, no monkeys are exploited in Oolong manufacturing. The term Monkey Picked simply means very rare, hard to find.

Tea tips

Here are some aspects to consider when shopping for the best oolong around.

  • Diversity. Oolongs fall somewhere between green and black tea with oxidation level of anything between 8 and 80 percent. That’s a wide range. If you take into account variety of tea plant cultivars, growing regions, and multiple recipes of production, you would get an idea about the kaleidoscopic world of oolong.
  • Vintage. Most kinds of tea are best to consume fresh, withing a year of production, until the new crop comes to the market. However, quality oolong would develop its aroma with time. Like a good wine, Oolongs can be consumed young or aged.
  • Origin. Most of the oolongs come from China and Taiwan. This region is a place of birth of oolong, with fascinating rich history, an abundance of expertise, and well established standards of production. Nowadays, one can also find new types of oolong coming from India and Vietnam.

Follow the links below to learn more about Chinese Oolong, Formosa Oolong and Indian Oolong teas and discover the best Oolongs from the leading tea brands online.

A well-crafted blend which offers an unique combination of aromatic floral notes with slight vegetal characteristics. Light and flavourful; well suited for beginners.
Zone - 365 oolong tea (wu-long tea) is a premium-grade oolong tea from the Da Yu Ling mountain area of Taiwan's Taichung county. Its high altitude (more than 2600 meters) makes this one of the highest tea plantations in the world. The high elevation of this area causes the tea leaves to grow slowly and develop their smooth, rich flavor. To fully appreciate this fine …
Teavivre’s Jin Xuan Milk Tea is another kind of fine classic Taiwan Oolong. It belongs to a category of tea often called “Milk Oolong”. However, this Jin Xuan Milk Oolong is special and unique because its milky aroma is natural, it is not manually added milk when process as other milk teas. The first three infusion of this tea will have slight milky scent, where …
By using the process of Zhengchao (正炒), Superfine Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin is similar to Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin, but it is an “upgraded version” of Zheng Wei TGY. Teavivre Superfine Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong Tea is packed separately with small bags, and one bag is roughly 7.5g, which just suitable for brewing with Gaiwan. Opening the package, you …
One of the most popular Chinese oolong teas is the Iron Goddess of Mercy. Tea connoisseurs may have heard of this same tea by the names of Ti Kwan Yin, Tit Kwun Yum, Tie Guan Yin, Iron Buddha, or Iron Goddess of Mercy. Regardless of what you call it, they all have the same distinctive flavor and light floral fragrance that make this oolong tea special. One of the reas …
A wake up call to the senses! Our Grapefruit Oolong is invigorating both in scent as well as taste. This blend of premium Taiwan oolong tea and grapefruit is fantastic choice for an afternoon respite, or anytime you need a citrus-infused pick-me-up. Zesty and warming, full boded and slightly dry finish. Refreshingly aromatic.
Teabox brings you a novel way to experience our Oolong teas. We give you an option to try 10 grams of each of the Oolong tea below so that you can taste and then decide which one you like and would order more
Oolong Tea. Our Orchid Oolong tea is grown in the hilltops of Nantou, Taiwan. Often covered in cool mist and surrounded by crisp streams, the leaves are hand-picked and basket-tossed in a process known as oxidization. They are then rolled into kernels that wait to unfold in your teapot. The resulting tea has a unique lilac flavor that is full and smooth, with a fr …
Organic Oolong Tea. Long, beautiful leaves unwind and unfurl when steeped to release a smooth, rich flavor. A wonderful choice for educating the palate to the time-tested taste profiles that make our Wuyi Mountain Oolong tea so unique and refreshing. Our Wuyi Oolong is 60-80% oxidized, and steeps a deep golden hue with crisp and earthy tones and a slightly peppery …
Pouchong, also known as Baozhong, is a very green oolong tea hailing from Taiwan. Pouchong is the most lightly oxidized of all oolongs - just 8-10%. This creates a beautiful balance of green tea freshness and heavenly floral notes found in darker oolongs. In Taiwan, pouchong tea is all about the aroma. In the cup, you'll find a buttery sweet and uplifting floral a …
Ali Shan is an alpine green oolong tea from Taiwan. While relatively new, Ali Shan is one of Taiwan's most famous tea growing areas, producing beautiful high mountain oolong teas from its misty peaks. Warm sugar and deeply layered floral aromas, with a melting, creamy mouthfeel. Mellow and light bodied, this hand-crafted Ali Shan oolong is excellent for multiple …
Hand Rolled Organic Tie Guan Yin Tea. the most famous oolong tea. an aroma of baked bread with a floral, buttery finish

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