What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong tea is a large leaf, semi-green tea that is partially oxidized, and falls between the green and black tea categories. The leaves are withered and then tossed in bamboo drums, which initialize the oxidation process. When oxidation reaches about 70%, the leaves are exposed to heat (fired) so as to halt the oxidation. The leaves are then fired and rolled repeatedly to shape and dry the leaf, with a final drying being given to complete the flavour. Some oolongs, known as “green” oolongs are only 30% oxidized. After drying, they are wrapped up in cloths and repeatedly machine rolled until the tea forms into small pellets and is finally dried in a large multi-level oven.
Though visually they may be more similar to black teas, the taste profile of oolong teas are much closer to that of green teas, but distinctly different and complex. Originating in Wuyishan (Fujian) province of China, oolong teas are also commonly produced on the island of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, from which one of the more famous oolong teas is named.
Sloane Tea’s oolong teas are sourced from the leading oolong tea producing nations of China and Taiwan.