Although both China and Taiwan boast originally producing
oolong tea, China does get to claim naming rights. Oolong is
the Chinese word for “black dragon”, the same dragons that
are legend to roam the cool mountainous regions of China
where oolong leaves are grown. The oolongs produced here
are known to be more oxidized, darker in color, and lighter
in flavor than its Taiwanese counterparts. When oolong was
first discovered it was served in a similar fashion to matcha;
the leaves would be grinded into a powder and whisked into the water.
Oolong makes up only 2% of the world’s tea. However, it is vastly popular across Asia, especially China! There are even yearly competitions where local oolong creators compete for best shape, appearance, color, aroma, and taste.
This tea falls in a flavor and color palate between green and black tea. This is created by partially oxidizing, or fermenting, the leave. Oolong leaves are usually rolled, curled, or twisted into tight balls or strands. This process affects the fragrance, appearance, and color of the tea. Oolong’s flavor ranges from floral to grassy and can range in color between green and a dark brown.
Oolong tea contains many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants that produce numerous health benefits. The two biggest health benefits oolong provides is a metabolism boost and stress reduction.
Elden Street Tea Shop has several different oolongs for you to try. Come in today for a special sale on Go!Go!GojiBerry Oolong – 15% off 8oz and 20% off 16oz or try our new Milk Oolong!
Rachel Eisenfeld is the owner of Elden Street Tea Shop. She is a fan of Pu'er (poo-air) teas, refreshing and subtle white teas, and any tea mixed with bourbon. Rachel has been to many tea houses on the East Coast, Ireland, and San Franscico. She enjoys learning about the chemical process of making tea and international tea culture. During good times and bad, tea warms the soul.