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A Cup to Long For – Oolong Tea

How did it originate

History says that the origin of tea goes back to 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree and while his servant boiled drinking water when some leaves fell from the tree. That tree leaf was the CamelliaSinensis which now called tea. Oolong tea is supposedly named after its founder with special features. It is mainly produced in Fujian, Guangdong as well Taiwan.

This tea was given the name Oriental Beauty by the queen of England way back in 19th century. The distinct taste and aroma of Oolong tree are how it stands apart from the rest of the tea. This tea is something between green and black teaas it is highly oxidized. It is made by completely withering in strong sun and completely reducing it.

This process varies and, so it derives very different aroma and taste from this process.

The taste differs from the degree of oxidation to the ways of production. It has sometimes a very sweet fruity or honey like flavor. Others can have a very earthy and roasted aroma too. It has a traditional style of being rolled or twisted, and some shaped like beads.

Oolong got its name from the Chinese language. It appears as black or dark green.  It is said that this tea is primarily bitter but later it gives a sweet taste once you swallow it.

Oolong got its name from the Chinese language

Basically, the more it is dried, and the leaves turn browner and this creates different aromas. The following process is followed for the finished product –

  • Picking of leaves
  • Drying or withering
  • Rotating or turning over
  • Fermentation or resting process
  • Fixing or baking
  • Rolling to give it shape
  • Drying
  • Then roasting for the smoky aroma


There are many different variants of this tea. Taiwan and Chinese both the big producers of the tree havevaried flavor and texture.

This tea contains Caffeine. The content of it, however, varies from theproduction process and the region it is grown.

It is said green tea has less caffeine as compared to black tea, but Chinese green tea has more caffeine than compared to Chinese black tea. But still less than coffee. Green tea is completely unfermented, Oolong tea is slightly fermented and black tea is highly fermented. This is what brings out the various coloration.


It is mostly made by soaking in hot water, not boiling. The longer it is soaked the stronger the color and aroma. It is said the more it is brewed or rather the number of times it is brewed thebetter it gets. It is said the fourth time it is used it tastes better. This is mostly dependent on individual taste and liking. This is also used in ceremonies in China. It is mostly served in teacups of one or two ounces more like tasting cups.

Brewing tea is a very Chinese way of making tea. But it is the best method of preparation where the steeping helps it to release the maximum anti-oxidants which in turn is very beneficial.Overheating of tea leaves can destroy its beneficial properties.


The tea is best stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Refrigeration helps it to last longer and preserve its aroma.

This however does;not mean that one should drink many cups of tea. It just shows that it is a good drink and it should be taken for relishing the aroma and taste.


  • It is believed to have magical properties and in ancient times it is believed to be acure for many diseases.
  • Aids in weight loss like much other teas, but it also treats obesity
  • Due to antioxidants present, it prevents a fewcancers according to modern studies.
  • Can prevent skin irritations and has a soothing effect.
  • Good source of vitamin C so can prevent colds.
  • Increases immunity
  • Helps in detox as it helps in breaking down of unwanted chemicals of the body.
  • Helps in relaxing muscles and thus reduces cramps and prevents osteoporosis.
  • Cholesterol control and helps in prevention of heart ailments.
  • Fights tooth decay
  • Gives energy and strength.