GET THE BEST FROM YOUR BREW: OOLONG TEA
Oolong is a delicate tea that requires a little more care when brewing, but don’t let that put you off trying this deliciously multi-faceted leaf. As a rule of thumb, you’ll know it’s ready when the water turns a light yellowish green color. Oolong tea benefits from 1.5 to 2 minutes steeping in boiled water that’s cooled a little. This should allow the tea’s clean, strong, complex flavors and mellow aftertaste to blossom without being chased away.
Oolong is a tea quite unlike any other, one so good its name starts with the noise someone makes when they’re impressed! Living somewhere between a rich black tea and a refreshing green tea, Oolong is a complex and multi-faceted beverage that, though among the trickiest leaves to create, is certainly one of the easiest to enjoy. Known for its dark, distinctively twisted leaves—which give birth to its fittingly mysterious Chinese Wu Long name, ‘The Black Dragon’—Oolong is a tea that evolves from floral and sweet, to smoky and peaty as you brew it.
Not as widely drunk here in the West as it is in Asia, where its layered flavors have been highly regarded for hundreds of years, we think Oolong is a tea that’s Oolong overdue for recognition in other corners of the world.