Oolong Tea, also known as Wu Long Tea, originates from the Fujian province of China, though is now made elsewhere, including Formosa (present-day Taiwan) and Vietnam. It is the so-called “in-between” Tea in that its fermentation and oxidation levels lie somewhere in the middle of Green Tea and Black Tea.
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Many consider its tasting notes to venture into the “middle ground” territory, too, with flavours often described as fresh and occasionally grassy, while also being slightly malty. However, it very much depends on the Oolong Tea being consumed, as many differ significantly from one another. In fact, variety is one of the finer qualities of Oolong; seldom do two taste the same.
No one knows the true origins of this Loose Tea, although there are several theories. Some historians suggest its creation dates back to the 10th Century CE, while others consider the possibility of it surfacing as late as the 17th and 18th Centuries CE. We’ll likely never know for sure.
When it comes to Formosa Tea, however, its history is far less speculative. It was first introduced to present-day Taiwan during the 19th Century. Since then, a series of events on the controversial island state of China, considered by many a country unto itself, has seen this Tea become a staple of the Taiwanese economy.
Back in mainland China,it has acquired a nickname: Chinese Restaurant Tea. This name is owing to its immense popularity in restaurants across its home-country, where it is usually consumed for its proven ability to support the digestive system. But that’s not all it can offer.
According to the latest scientific studies, any Oolong Tea, regardless of its specific fermentation and oxidation levels, can improve cardiovascular health, boost the metabolism, reduce the risks of developing type-2 diabetes and even strengthen bones. It is also said to increase your bone mineral density, thereby meaning that this specific tea type could help to prevent osteoporosis, a condition that mainly affects older people. However, by starting to drink this beverage early on in life, you can protect yourself from future health issues. As it aids bone health in later life, it can also be said to protect your teeth from decay.
People who are sensitive should be careful when consuming this beverage. This is because although it has less caffeine content than normal coffee, there is still approximately 10 to 60 milligrams of caffeine in it, per 8 ounces.
Despite its good name, worldwide, consumption of this unique type of Tea is less than 2%. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company think it’s time that changed. And you can be part of that change here with our expansive selection of Teas available online or in store.