Posted by: tasteindulgence | November 18, 2009

What Is It About Oolong Tea?

Oolong tea has certainly built quite a reputation in the tea world as of late, wouldn’t you say? Much has been said and written about its weight loss properties, and as such it has become immensely popular. Of course, there is a lot more to the story of oolong tea than just weight loss.

Also known as wu-long, or black dragon tea, oolong tea has been around for a very long time. Some say at least 500 years. There are a handful of different stories as to how it was invented, all with their own bit of storytelling flair. One that seems to make sense is that it was discovered by accident by a tea farmer in China.

As the story goes, one day a tea farmer was tending to his withering tea leaves, when he was startled by a black serpent. The farmer ran off, and was so wary he didn’t return for two days. When he did return, he found that the tea leaves had been oxidized by the sun. He decided to brew them and give them a try, and when he found the taste a pleasant one, oolong tea was born.

Whether this story is fact or not is impossible for any of us to know, but it does explain the black dragon moniker. What we do know for sure is that oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea that is somewhere between green tea and black tea in oxidation.

It tastes closer to green tea than black, and there are several sub-varieties including those produced in the Wuyi Mountains of northern Fujian and in the central mountains of Taiwan. Most seasoned tea connoisseurs agree that the tastiest oolong tea comes from Taiwan.

And just as with most teas, oolong tea has its share of health benefits. Aside from weight loss, it can help destroy free radicals in the body and strengthen your immune system.

At Taste Indulgence we have a couple of exciting different flavors of Oolong tea that you are sure to love. The first is called Passionate Peach, which is made up of Jasmine and organic osmanthus blossoms. It’s perfect for sipping iced or hot. The second is called Longing for Oolong and as the name suggests, you won’t stop at just a cup.

Give them a try today. If you’re a true tea lover you won’t be disappointed!

* The above is not meant to be construed as medical advice; consult a professional before using herbs as medication.

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Responses

  1. Yes, Taiwan has its share of great Oolongs and the current trend is to favor the green ones from there. Historically the Chinese Oolongs were preferred.

  2. Thank you Jason for sharing your knowledge about Oolongs and very interesting that the the green ones are the current trend. Has this trend caught on in North America also?


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