Many tea drinkers now are quite aware of green teas, and black teas have been consumed in the west for quite some time, but what is Oolong tea?
Understand Oolong tea from the tea categorisation and production
Teas are categorised based on the degree of the fermentation during their processing. Oolong tea is a class of Chinese teas that are semi-fermented, between the unfermented green teas and fully fermented black teas. Oolong tea is a family of teas and is exclusively Chinese. It originated from the Fu Jian Province, South-east of China. There are currently three major areas in China that produce almost all Oolong teas in the world: the Fu Jian Province, the Guang Dong Province and Taiwan.
Oolong tea is believed to have originated in the Wu-Yi area of the Fu Jian Province. The translation of Oolong into English is Dark Dragon.
Oolong tea is a family of teas
Like all other classes of Chinese teas, Oolong tea is a family of teas. The degree of fermentation varies depending on the tea type, some are lightly fermented (eg Tie Guan Yin / Iron Buddha) and the others are substantially more fermented (eg Da Hong Pao and Phoenix Single Bush). Due to it semi-fermented nature, Oolong teas possess green tea’s refreshing properties and black tea’s smooth texture. The individual teas also have their individual unique aroma produced through their highly skilful processing techniques. Oolong teas have been long loved by tea lovers in China and worldwide. I will provide some detail description of individual/sub-group Oolong teas in the subsequent blog posts to assist the tea lovers to have a closer look and taste of the individual varieties, which are vastly different in many aspects.
The founder and owner of Valley Green Tea
I grew up in the Fu-Jian Province – the tea country of China. Tea drinking has been part of our daily life for as long as I can remember.
While I was working as a public health researcher a few years ago, I read many research reports conducted over the last 30 years about the health benefits of green tea in fighting certain life style related challenges such as cancer, obesity, cardio-vascular and inflammatory diseases etc.
From my research, I realised there is a significant gap between what people consume (i.e. commercial tea bags) for assumed health benefits and the actual benefits that have been enjoyed by the Chinese for a long history from the premium loose leaf teas.
As well as being potentially beneficial to health, the premium loose teas (green tea being the biggest group) are most enjoyable beverages with a fascinating history, colourful culture and holistically dynamic in every aspect.
It is my passion to share, not only the products, but also the whole culture dynamics around the premium teas with the tea enthusiasts, here in Australia and around the world.
Valley Green Tea currently supplis a diverse range of premium loose teas to the tea drinking community that suit all tastes and all cultures and to pass on a deep understanding of the history and benefits of this wonder beverage.Website: https://www.valleygreentea.com.au