Oolong Tea: Bring Traditional Tea Back in Style
Since oolong tea is commonly thought of as a mysterious and rare tea, it is often one of the lesser known of the many tea varieties. We at The Republic of Tea believe this is nothing short of a travesty! Oolong is an exquisite blend and one of our most beloved types. Experienced tea drinkers may already be familiar with its alluring characteristics, but for those citizens who have waited too long to try oolong, let us get familiar with this exotic, yet traditional, tea sipping experience.
Popularly consumed where it originates in Taiwan and southeast China, it is believed that oolong has been around since the late 1700s. Oolong, like all tea, is derived from the Camellia sinensis bush. After the tea leaves are harvested, they are left to oxidize in direct sunlight until they give off a precise and pleasant fragrance described as somewhere between apples, orchids and peaches. The leaves are then rolled until they have a long and curly shape. This appearance is where the tea gets its name: oolong means “black dragon” in Chinese.
Steeping oolong tea is easy. Simply heat water to a rolling boil and then pour over tea. Steep three to five minutes for tea bags, or five to seven minutes if using full-leaf. Oolong is typically served without the addition of sweeteners or milk and is great when used for multiple infusions.
The charming taste of oolong varies by type, but it is typically described as smooth and earthy. The tea is light in color and will leave you with a flowery finish to match the floral and fruity scent. The caffeine content of oolong falls in between that of black and green tea; one cup typically contains a little more than a quarter of the amount found in a cup of coffee.
In addition to its captivating taste, premium oolong tea offers a variety of health benefits and has long been considered a health beverage in the Eastern world.
We are proud to offer five different types of oolong:
Milk Oolong Tea is available in tea bags and full-leaf loose. Often described as having a sweet, pineapple flavor, the texture is silky and scrumptious.
Wuyi Oolong Tea is reminiscent of a Darjeeling, but with a rich, full body. Our Wuyi oolong comes in full-loose leaf and offers flavors of peach, chestnut and honey.
Dragon Oolong Tea hails from the hills of the Fujian province in China. Steeping a cup of Dragon Oolong will present you with flowery flavors and a lingering finish.
Peach Blossom Oolong Tea is light and bright. As the name suggests, essences of peach blossom add to its refreshing and fruity flavor.
Ti Kaun Yin is delivered to you in full-leaf loose tea. Perfect for multiple infusions, Ti Kuan Yin carries a fresh, orchid flavor and finishes cleanly.
With its rich history, enigmatic flavor, and many benefits to health and well-being, it is our hope that all of our citizens will soon treat themselves to the unique and traditional taste of oolong!