Oolong is neither a black tea or a green tea as it falls into its own unique category. An oolong may end up with more black tea characteristics or more green tea characteristics depending on the direction the tea master takes in the processing of the tea. Oolong tea is frequently described as partially oxidized tea with oxidization levels that may vary from less than ten percent (more like green tea) to as high as eighty percent (much closer to black tea).
Oolong tea is also hand-crafted into more unique shapes than other tea types. These artisanal shaping techniques depend on the traditional methods used by the tea master and are most commonly rolled, twisted or curled into tight balls or wiry strands.
Oolong teas were originally created approximately 350 years ago in the Fujian province of China. Later they traveled to Taiwan which some oolong tea connoisseurs believe harvest and create the some of the best oolong teas today. Famous oolong loose leaf teas include, Oriental Beauty Oolong, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Formosa and Milk Oolong.
Oolong teas have a wider brewing temperature range than other tea varietals. Our wide offering of unique oolong tea blends results in different optimal temperatures, with lighter oolongs tasting best brewed around 180°F and darker oolong tea flavors benefitting from a higher temperature of 205°F. Oolong tea leaves can steep anywhere from 3-4 minutes, however, each drinker’s palate will dictate the proper brewing time.