Organic Oolong Tea ....
refers to a category of semi-oxidized teas that can only be made from
certain types of tea bush varietals growing in specific geographical
regions. The production methods of oolong tea are only known to a few
of the tea cultivation regions in the world...
Oolongs too are made from leaves of the tea plant,
Camellia sinensis. What sets it apart from the blacks or whites or
greens is the single step of oxidation. Oolongs fit between black and
green teas by being partially oxidized. The
intention of the oolong maker is to partially oxidize the leaf,
utilizing special withering, bruising, rolling, oxidation and
repeated roasting techniques to fix the aroma and color of oolong. The result is a tea that on the scale of leaf oxidation
and infusion color is somewhere between green and black tea.
Depending on the duration of oxidation, season, regional style, tea
bush varietal and roast degree, the resulting infusion colors of
oolong teas range from lightly oxidized bright green or golden, to
more heavily oxidized hues of amber-orange, to reddish and heavily
roasted dark coffee-brown.
oolong teas have caught the interest of tea drinkers for health
reasons. It’s thought to be beneficial to health for its
antioxidant properties, as much or more than the average black.