loose Oolong tea selections
Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea (Camellia sinensis) produced through a unique process including withering the plant under the strong sun and oxidation before curling and twisting. Most oolong teas, especially those of fine quality, involve unique tea plant cultivars that are exclusively used for particular varieties. The degree of oxidation can range from 8 to 85%, depending on the variety and production style. Oolong is especially popular with tea connoisseurs of south China and Chinese expatriates in Southeast Asia, as is the Fujian preparation process known as the Gongfu tea ceremony.
It is also known as wulong (or wu long) tea and is often served in Chinese restaurants. Similar to green teas, oolong teas also originate from the Camellia sinensis plant and undergo similar processing steps. However, after the tea leaves are picked, they are intentionally bruised by shaking. While the leaves are drying, the edges of the bruised leaves turn reddish in color and the surface becomes light yellow due to fermentation and oxidation. After some fermentation period the tea leaves are pan fired to create a semi-fermented tea.
Buy Oolong tea below or drop by our Nashville tea shop.
$4.95 – 1/3 cup oolong tea (makes about 10 cups of tea)
Here in our Nashville tea shop, we carry several types of oolong tea. Sold loose to take home, by the cup, or cups and pots drank right at the counter in our Donelson tea store.
In Chinese tea culture, semi-oxidised oolong teas are collectively grouped as qīngchá. The taste of oolong varies widely among different subvarieties. It can be sweet and fruity with honey aromas, or woody and thick with roasted aromas, or green and fresh with bouquet aromas, all depending on the horticulture and style of production. Several subvarieties of oolong, including those produced in the Wuyi Mountains of northern Fujian, such as Da Hong Pao, are among the most famous Chinese teas.
Different varieties of oolong are processed differently, but the leaves are formed into one of two distinct styles. Some are rolled into long curly leaves, while others are ‘wrap-curled’ into small beads, each with a tail. The former style is the more traditional of the two in China.
you can find the following oolong teas in our Nashville store or buy them right here, online:
Almond Oolong – Combining savory almond flavor with the bright, fruity taste of Formosa oolong tea, our Almond tea is a great stand-alone drink as well as the perfect dessert complement. In fact, it is so versatile that, if you don’t like our Almond tea, you’re probably the one that’s nuts.
Grapefruit Oolong – A wake up call to the senses! Our Grapefruit tea is invigorating both in scent as well as taste. This blend of premium Formosa oolong tea and grapefruit is fantastic choice for an afternoon respite, or any time you need a citrus-infused pick-me-up.
Minted Oolong – the sweet and fruity taste of oolong tea blended with just the right amounts of both peppermint leaf and spearmint leaf. A cool breath of fresh air in a cup.
Oolong – Formosa Oolong, commonly served in Chinese restaurants. Large, coarse leaves brew into a pale, flowery liqueur. Oolong is the term applied to tea leaves that are allowed to oxidize between green and black.