Origin of Oolong Tea

  • Oolong tea is made from the same plant as other teas i.e. Camellia sinensis.
  • Literally, oolong tea translates to black dragon tea.
  • Oolong tea originated from China and is now also cultivated in Taiwan and Darjeeling.
  • In Chinese, oolong tea is known as wūlóng chá.

Caffeine in Oolong Tea

  • There is approximately 37 mg of caffeine in 8 fl. oz. of oolong tea.
  • Oolong tea has greater caffeine content than green tea and lower caffeine content than black tea.
  • Because of its caffeine content, oolong tea can have interactions with drugs such as amphetamines and ephedrine.

Oolong Tea and Health

drink oolong tea for good health

How to brew oolong tea

brewing of oolong tea

  • There are two distinct shapes of oolong tea leaves; open and ball shaped or rolled.
  • Oolong teas are partially oxidized and their oxidation level may be anywhere from 8 to 85%.
  • Oolong tea can be steeped multiple times and it is said that its taste improve with each rebrewing.
  • Traditional tea pots such as gaiwan and Yixing clay teapot are used in brewing oolong.
  • Open oolong leaves take shorter time to infuse in water than ball shaped or rolled leaves.

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