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What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong Tea is a partially oxidised tea traditionally grown in the Fujian province of China and Taiwan.
The flavour and aroma of Oolong Tea varies according to the level of oxidation and falls into two distinct types: darker Oolong teas which are closer to black tea, which have a deep, full bodied flavour and the lighter, more greenish Oolong teas which have a floral flavour and aroma.
Traditionally the darker Oolong teas are grown in the Wuyi Mountains. The leaves are picked, withered then shaken in bamboo baskets or special machines to bruise the leaves. The leaves are then exposed to the air until they have reached approximately 70% oxidation. Our house Oolong tea is a darker Oolong.
Lighter Oolong teas are wrapped in cloth and rolled in special machines then unwrapped and exposed to the air. This process is repeated until the tea reaches approximately 30% oxidation. These teas are commonly grown in Anxi County, the most famous of which is Ti Kuan Yin "Iron Goddess of Mercy" Tea of which our Blue Spring Oolong Tea is a variant.
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How to make a cup of Oolong tea
- Boil freshly drawn water
- Use 1 rounded tsp of loose Oolong tea or one teabag per cup
- Allow the boiled water to cool to about 90°C
- Brew for 2-7 minutes according to taste.
- It is usually drunk without milk
- The leaves can be used several times, with the third brew said to be the best.