Depending on their buy oolong tea , region and the artisan style of the tea producer, oolongs can range in appearance, flavor and body. In some cases, the differences between oolongs are likened to those found in fine wines.
Oolong tea has been shown to have many health benefits including the ability to help regulate blood sugar levels, support weight loss, lower inflammation and boost the immune system. The high levels of antioxidants present in oolong tea can also protect against cell damage and prevent the formation of free radicals.
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The word oolong means “black dragon” and it’s thought that the Chinese bestowed this name because the dark twisted leaves resembled a black dragon. The oxidation process used to make oolong tea can affect the final color and flavor of the brew, which can range from green to dark and fruity to toasty. Some oolongs, like Anxi’s famous Tieguanyin, are green while others, such as Wuyi mountain’s Dahongpao, are much darker with an intense ‘rocky’ flavour.
At ArtfulTea, we offer a wide range of quality oolongs from both China and Taiwan. Our Jade Song is a classic, large leaf oolong with a delicate vegetal flavour and smooth finish. We highly recommend steeping this tea in the gong fu style, which is a traditional practice that allows you to get four or five infusions out of your leaves and fully appreciate the nuances of each one. When making oolong tea, use cold filtered water at a temperature of about 195 degrees.