full, smooth, subtle
Tea Benefits of Oolong Tea:
• May aid with metabolism and can be used as part of a weight loss plan
• May help aid digestion
• Relaxing tea that promotes healthy skin and teeth
• Good for skin and complexion
• Contains 10-15% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee
The oolongs are a first cousin once removed from the black teas. Oolong tea is partially oxidized to lie somewhere between black and green. While the look is more along the lines of black teas, the taste is closer to the green teas, but with a touch more oomph for a well-rounded flavor . Oolongs are commonly produced in the Fujian province of China and on the island of Taiwan, formerly called Formosa, from which one of the more famous oolong teas is named.
The delicacy of oolong tea makes it among the most prized of all teas. The famous Da Hong Pao or "Red Robe", so named when an emperor sought to protect the tea plants with his red cloak after his ailing mother was supposedly healed by the tea's medical powers, is one such tea. So too is our own Rare Silk Oolong, which is as delicate as the finest green teas, but retains that characteristic silky smooth oolong flavor.
Making loose leaf oolong teas tea usually requires hot water at 195º, 1.5 tsp of loose tea per 8 oz of water and steep time of 3 minutes. Each of Teavana’s loose oolong teas will come with specific preparation instructions, including the amount of tea to use per 8 oz. of water, at what temperature the water should be, and how long the tea must steep before it is ready. Please refer to the individual tea package for the exact instructions on how to make the best cup of oolong tea.
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