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.