Tasty and rich in benefits: focus on Oolong tea

Whether you drink green tea, black tea or even Oolong tea, you are using a product made from the same plant, called Camellia Sinensis or "tea plant". The difference in flavors simply depends on the methods used for oxidation, as well as the choices in terms of harvesting. Compagnie Coloniale presents you the specificities of oolong tea, tasty and original at the same time.

The different Oolong teas 

What is Oolong tea?

Black tea is a completely oxidized tea, while the oxidation of green tea is stopped much earlier in the manufacturing process. Oolong tea, on the other hand, is an intermediary in terms of fermentation. Indeed, it has been partially oxidized, and is sometimes called "semi-oxidized" tea. 

If the name "oolong" is one of the most common in the tea world, it is also frequently referred to as "semi-oxidized tea", "wulong" or blue tea, because of the color of the leaves after infusion.

Oolong tea is said to date back to the 17th century, when Fujian teas were first used to produce a semi-fermented tea. While Oolong tea is known and enjoyed in many Asian countries, it is a very common beverage in Taiwan, where this variety is the most consumed.

Which Oolong teas to drink?

Oolong teas are generally classified into several categories, depending on their degree of oxidation. For example, there are weakly oxidized teas (10 to 30%) and strongly oxidized teas (40 to 70%). There are also old Oolongs, which have been roasted many times, over several decades. In Taiwan, these products are classified as grand crus. And to reproduce these highly roasted teas, young multi-roasted Oolongs are made. 

If you know the history of Oolong tea, you know that it is considered an institution in Taiwan. If you want to consume a beverage from this region, look for the Grand Oolong from Compagnie Coloniale, a semi-fermented tea.

If you are looking for a more gourmet experience and a smoother drink, you should try Oolong Milky, a delicious semi-fermented tea with a fresh cream taste and natural milk flavors.

Other variants are available on Compagnie Coloniale's store for Oolong tea lovers: a tea with hot chestnuts, or another version with salted butter caramel, offering a sweet flavour of Brittany.

The main benefits of Oolong tea

Because it is semi-oxidized, Oolong tea has both the benefits of black tea and green tea. Like these two traditional teas, Oolong tea contains a number of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 

The main antioxidants present in Oolong tea are theaflavins, thearubigins and EGCG. It also contains theanine, an amino acid known for its relaxing effects. 

Since Oolong tea is less common than black and green tea, scientific studies on its virtues are still rare. Nevertheless, it is known that Oolong tea has similar benefits in terms of cardiovascular health, chronic disease prevention and even weight loss.

How to enjoy Oolong tea?

How to prepare Oolong tea

Oolong tea should be brewed in water at a temperature of 85-90°C. On average, three minutes are enough to prepare the drink. However, you can increase or decrease the brewing time to get a more or less intense taste, depending on your preferences.

Oolong tea can of course be served with a splash of milk, but also a little honey or agave syrup.

At what time of the day can you drink Oolong tea?

Oolong tea contains theine, which allows you to stay awake without being irritated like coffee. It is recommended to drink it ideally in the morning, or before 5pm in the afternoon, to avoid any difficulties to fall asleep.

You can serve you an Oolong tea in the morning, with your breakfast, but also prepare one to be shared with a snack during the day. It can also be offered at the end of the meal at noon, to relax and facilitate digestion.

In the world, Oolong tea is still very little consumed. But in some countries like Taiwan, it is much more common. In this country, they want to distinguish themselves from China and develop their own culture, especially through Oolong tea. The drink is so popular there that it can be served in McDonald's restaurants. 

If you haven't tried Oolong tea yet, treat yourself to a taste journey that you won't regret.

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