Oolong Tea: easy guide, top 12 best teas

Last updated: February 20, 2020 at 14:36 pm

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 have been exploited in Oolong manufacturing. The term Monkey Picked simply means very rare, hard to find.

When should I drink oolong tea?

Quality loose leaf oolongs are among the most popular weight loss teas out there. The unique balance of compounds in these teas encourages the body to burn fat while also blocking the absorption of fats and carbohydrates. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, you can consider adding two or three cups of oolong tea to your daily diet for the next few months. It wouldn’t hurt to have a cup an hour before your workout session. Or make it your afternoon staple to keep your energy levels up (and keep your mind off desert). There are no rules as to when you should drink your oolong. It is very appropiate to drink it after meal to to cleanse your palate or between meals at any time. Quality oolongs are better be consumed without meal to fully appreciate the flavor.

Tea tips

Here are some points 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 loose leaf oolong teas 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.

High Mountain Oolong Tea

High Mountain Oolong Tea

A well-crafted blend which offers an unique combination of aromatic floral notes with slight vegetal characteristics. Light and flavourful; well suited for beginners.
High Mountain Oolong Tea, Ali Shan Taiwan

High Mountain Oolong Tea, Ali Shan Taiwan

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..
Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea

Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea

Teavivre's Jin Xuan Milk Tea is another kind of fine classic Taiwan Oolong. It belongs to a category of tea often called œMilk 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..
Teavivre Anxi Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Loose Leaf Chinese Tea – 3.5oz / 100g

Teavivre Anxi Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Loose Leaf Chinese Tea – 3.5oz / 100g

Tie Guan Yin tea is the representative of Chinese Oolong tea. When Anxi County is mentioned, people spontaneously think of Anxi Tie Guan Yin, “Iron Goddess” tea. It is well-known both at home and abroad as one of the Top 10 Teas of China. As Tie Guan Yin can endure a great number of infusions, this tea offers you a truly unique sensation.
Ti Kuan Yin, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Oolong Loose Leaf Tea, Organic

Ti Kuan Yin, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Oolong Loose Leaf Tea, Organic

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..
Grapefruit Oolong

Grapefruit Oolong

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 Oolong Tea Collection

Teabox Oolong Tea Collection

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
Orchid Oolong

Orchid Oolong

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..
Wuyi Oolong

Wuyi Oolong

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

Pouchong

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

Ali Shan

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 ..
Dark Roast Oolong, Organic

Dark Roast Oolong, Organic

Premium Organic Oolong Tea Origins: China. If you're looking for a roasty oolong tea, you need look no further. Large, wiry tea leaves produce a deep amber cup, with a rich flavor. Dark Roast Oolong's warm and earthy aroma is reminiscent of a late harvest wine. The complex flavor profile has hints of honeysuckle and roasted barley and nuts. Expertly dark roasted,..

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