Oolong Tea | Shanti Tea Canada

By: Shanti Tea  09-12-2011
Keywords: Tea, Green Teas, Black Teas

Oolong teas are more oxidized than green teas but less than black teas. This creates a sweeter and more delicate tea than you may expect from black tea. Oolong teas are generally infused without milk, although milk may be added to soften the taste. Most, however, enjoy the naturally floral notes of many oolong teas and choose to drink it straight. Contact us for a more customized selection.

Oolongs are best steeped at around 75ºC (light oolongs)  to 85ºC (dark oolong).  Steeping times for oolong tea should not exceed 4:00 minutes.  Oolongs yield excellent multiple infusions, and often times the second infusion is better than the first. Dark oolongs are often rinsed in hot water prior to the first infusion, in order to eliminate the initial very strong and smoky flavor. Personally, we enjoy this characteristic of the dark oolongs, but for those who do not, a quick 30 second rinse in hot water will tame the flavor.

Oolongs are a great introduction to tea for those who are new to it. As they represent a wide range of flavors, not green, not black, but in between, oolongs help to expose the new tea drinker to a wide assortment of possibilities, and keeps them coming back for more. If you have a new tea drinker in your cafe, ask them if they prefer a light tea or a dark tea. For light teas, suggest an Iron Goddess (Tie Kuan Yin). For dark teas, go for the Se Chung or Wuyi Rock oolongs. You’ll see their eyes light up at the first sip.

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