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What is oolong tea?

Oolong cha (in Chinese: 乌龙茶) is a type of Chinese tea with an oxidation level between green and black tea leaves. The dry leaf appearance of this tea, also pronounced as ‘wulong’ by the Chinese, can have colors that vary from green to almost black, depending on the oxidation level.

Anxi’s famous Tieguanyin, for example, is green and has a flavor that is closer to a green tea with a thicker soup and characteristic floral aroma. In contrast, Wuyi mountain’s famous Dahongpao is dark and steeps an intense and ‘rocky’ flavour due to the mineral-rich soil in that region. The intensity of this dark oolong is closer to a black tea.

The origin of oolong

It’s not clear where the term ‘oolong’ actually originates from. When literally translated, it means ‘dark dragon’ in Chinese. Some expert says it’s because of the dark curly leaves resembles a black dragon.

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Health benefits of oolong tea

For the health fanatics out there, we’ve also gathered some information regarding oolong tea benefits.

Caffeine: Wulong is naturally low in caffeine. Like other types of tea, it contains caffeine at about 3% of its dry weight, translating to between 30 mg and 90 mg per 8 oz (250 ml) cup, while coffee has 150 – 200 mg per cup. Hence, it’s a good alternative beverage to high sugar drinks while still giving you the extra pick-up you may need. Scientific studies find that tea with its stimulant qualities helps increase alertness and improves response speed, which altogether leads to better performance for athletes during sports.

Diet & weight loss: Can I lose weight by drinking oolong tea? a Chinese study in 1998 in which 102 females participated, shows that continuous consumption of oolong tea for six weeks resulted in a reduction of body weight. Though it’s not a miracle drink, it’s a good beverage to complement a healthy diet program. To optimally benefit from the health effects, it’s best to drink it half an hour after meals, which supports digestion. Avoid it in the evening, to avoid any side effects of caffeine.

Skin: Your skin is constantly exposed to free radicals which cause dark spots and wrinkles as well as accelerating aging. Oolong tea has antioxidants that have the ability to destroy free radicals. A 2004 research, conducted by Dr. Kenichi Yanagimoto from the University of California, showed that only 15 days of consumption of oolong tea had an incredible 50% reduction in free radicals.

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Alishan Milky Oolong Tea

Intense creamy taste with floral undertone. A one-of-a-kind tea from Taiwan with a fantastically creamy flavor resulting from its unique roasting process. Our Ali Shan Milky Oolong offers you great depth of flavor that lasts into even the fifth brew.

Feng Huang Dan Cong Oolong Tea – Da Wu Ye, Mi Lan Xiang Tea

A single-estate Dan Cong oolong tea from the Phoenix Mountain in Guangdong province. Made from leaves of the large wild trees belonging Shui Xian tea cultivar, which are carefully processed into a Mi Lan Xiang (Honey-orchid aroma) type of oolong.

Iron Man Oolong Tea – Tie Luo Han, Prepacked Bags 250g

Deep, rich flavor with gentle floral aroma. Reserved for the imperial families since the Tang dynasty, the Iron Man is a rare oolong which grows on the cliffs of the ethereal Wu Yi Mountain. Offers a delicate but subtle mineral taste that is unique to the Wu Yi Cliff tea family.

Rou Gui Rock Tea – ‘Cinnamon Bark’ Yan Cha Oolong Tea 240g

A box of 30 pre-packed Rougui tea in bags of approximately 8 gram per pack. Wonderful aromatic notes of fruit and cinnamon. Perfect low-medium roast for great fragrance.

Shui Jin Gui ‘Golden Water Turtle’ Wuyi Oolong Rock Tea 250g

A famed Wuyi Oolong with a complex flavour of sweet plum & minerals with rich and soft mouthfeel. Robust and powerful cha qi. Perfectly balanced, medium roasted.

Wuyi Oolong Tea Sampler – Rock Tea (Yan Cha) Impressions Set

Imagine 6 different Wuyishan farmers, each offering the best tea they’ve crafted. That’s how amazing this rock tea sampler is. If you're already in love with the classic Dahongpao, but want to explore other yan cha that Fujian has to offer, this set is the one for you.