What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong Tea meaning 'black dragon' in Chinese. Oolong is an immensely popular variety in China and southeast Asia.
What does Oolong tea taste like?
Although all true tea comes from the same Camellia sinensis plant, there are differences in the harvesting and processing of the tea leaves. Oolong tea is partially fermented, while black tea is fully fermented. Because Oolong tea is semi fermented it has a distinctive taste somewhere between the stronger taste of black tea and the softer taste of green tea.
Does Oolong tea benefit health?
Scientists mainly from China and Japan have carried out research into the health benefits of Oolong teas and come up with some positive results on Oolong tea benefits to health*.
There are many other claims for the benefits of drinking the tea but not enough research has been done to support a lot of the claims and some of the claims apply to drinking any tea.
Some claims attributed to drinking Oolong tea are;
- Help with cholesterol levels in the body which can lower the risk of heart disease.
- Natural protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays
Oolong tea has been used in an experiment on people who were over weight and after having many cups per day of the tea for over a month nearly 50% of the people had lost weight.
- Better gut bacteria
Improve gut bacteria
PLEASE NOTE: None of the suggested health benefits from Oolong tea have been conclusively proven and must be treated carefully as towards actually producing a benefit to your health.
Does Oolong tea have caffeine?
All teas from the Camellia Sinensis plant contain some caffeine but at a lot lower level than compared to coffee.
Because Oolong tea is part black tea (which has the higher levels of caffeine) and part semi fermented green tea the caffeine levels are reduced compared to a standard tea.
Where to buy Oolong tea?
Oolong tea is a specialist form of tea in the way it is produced and so is not normally stocked by main stream tea suppliers or supermarkets.
You will have to find a tea specialist like ourselves The Wiltshire Tea Company to be able to buy it in the UK.