One of my favourite Oolong tea's is of the brand 'Monkey Chief Tea'. I discovered Monkey Chief in the beautiful small coffee bar 'White Label' in Amsterdam. The name ‘Monkey Chief’ is from a old legend. It tells the story that monkeys were trained by monks to pick the choicest leaves from wild tea trees growing in the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian Province. I love a brand that has so many stories behind their teas but also their own name. I wrote down the story of one of the Oolong tea's in the quote.
But why is Oolong tea special? First of all it's takes a little bit of practice for the beginner Oolong-teadrinker, because you have use water at 80 degrees. If you create the tea at a higher temperature the tea becomes really bitter. So let me tell you more about the origin of Oolong Tea.
A steaming hot cup of oolong tea, also called Wu Long tea, is one of the most popular and traditional types of tea in China and Taiwan. it’s known to provide robust health benefits when consumed on the regular. Healing properties like: burn fast faster, lowers cholesterol, promotes healthy hair, better skin condition.. anyway a lot of good excuses to drink a good cup of oolong tea. Made from the leaves, buds and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant that produces black tea and green tea. Oolong tea is slightly fermented and semi-oxidized, giving it a taste in between these three teas.
The difference between the three types of tea is due to the processing method and resulting oxidation level. Oolong tea has a mild taste because it is partially oxidated before being heated and dried. Green teas, which are dried immediately after picking, tend to taste grassier and less complex than oolong tea, while black teas, which undergo heavier oxidation, tend to be more bold and tannic. Their delicate taste makes oolong teas ideal for casual drinking while also making them suitable for drinking with a meal. So if you are just starting with tea, start with Oolong from a specialist.