Milk Oolong Tea
Infuse for 2 to 3 minutes with a water temperature between 80 and 90 degrees
Our Milk Oolong has perhaps one of the most unique and fascinating processing methods of any tea. First, like any Oolong Tea, the leaves used for this beverage are half-fermented to a point considered ‘in-between’ black teas and green teas. Following this, however, things get a lot more interesting. In order to obtain the distinct creamy flavours so famously associated with this brew, the leaves must be briefly heated in milk water steam.
During this stage, the oolong tea leaves quite literally absorb the milky flavours from the steam, thus creating an incredibly unique and all-around delicious beverage. In fact, many people believe that this processing method actually enables the tea to take on almost caramel-like qualities perfect for those trying to satisfy their sweet tooth. Better still, despite its trademark sweetness, Milk Oolong Tea is incredibly healthy, too. What more could you possibly want than a tea that is both tasty and nutritious.
Can you believe that Oolong Teas only make up 2% of the world’s tea consumption and yet it is true. Oolong Teas originate from the Fujian Province of China, particularly the Wuyi Mountains. Known for its subtropical climate with mild winters and heavy rainfall, this South-Eastern Chinese province boasts some of the best tea growing conditions in the world. It is no wonder, then, that Milk Oolong Tea is of such high quality.
The history of Oolong Tea as a whole, is shrouded in great mystery. Some historians believe it dates back as early as the 10th Century, while others believe it is as late as the 17th Century. One particular theory dates back to the Song Dynasty (906 - 1279 CE), and refers to the Royal Court itself and the culture of tribute teas. During this period, Chinese Emperors would be presented with tribute teas.
In particular, the Beiyuan tea garden located in the Fujian Province was renowned for producing a compressed tea cake with an imprint of a phoenix and a dragon, which had been especially popular until loose leaf teas began to gain popularity. In a desperate attempt to keep up with the times, workers at the Beiyuan tea garden began to produce a darker leaf tea which eventually became known as ‘Wu Long’ (meaning ‘Black Dragon’). Allegedly, through a decades (perhaps centuries) long game of Chinese Whispers, ‘Wu Long’ became ‘Oolong’, and a new tea was born. This, however, is just one theory.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Oolong Tea.
Origin: The Fujian Province, China.
Brewing Instructions: Use freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees. Following this, infuse for 2 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: The unique flavour of this tea is best enjoyed without accompaniments.
Tasting Notes: Creamy, herbaceous, smooth, and sweet - there are so many words to describe this delicious tea. Notes reminiscent of white chocolate can be tasted with every sip making it an excellent choice for those trying to cut down on their desserts!
Colour in Cup: Vibrant yellow liquor, light in tone.
Contains Allergen: lactose
Health Benefits: Over the years, Oolong Tea has come to be known by the nickname ‘Chinese Restaurant Tea’. This is largely because of its ability to improve digestive health, especially when consuming large meals.
Milk Oolong Tea has the ability to alkalize the digestive tract, reducing inflammation in those with acid reflux and ulcer problems. Furthermore, Oolong Tea is also slightly antiseptic meaning that when consumed hot, this beverage can clear bad bacteria from the stomach.
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon