Oolong tea is one of the traditional drinks known in China. It is made from Camellia Sinensis plant, exactly like the green and black tea, but the difference between them is basically in how they are processed.
The tea is made from the leaves of the plant, which undergo some partial fermenting by drying under sunlight and oxidation before they are curled and twisted. Some unique tea plant caltivars are added, which exclusively exist in fine qualities of different types of tea.
The quality of oolong tea depends on how it was oxidized, and that is what produces the varieties. The oxidation rages between 8 to 85%, and the processing differs as well.
One lovely advantage of oolong tea is its wide variety of tastes. The taste depends mainly on the production style, for example it may be fresh and green, enhanced with bouquet aromas; it could be thick with wood aromas, or sweet with honey and fruit tastes.
Such varieties make it too easy for one to choose their loved taste and enjoy that magical drink.
The name of “Oolong” tea was derived from a Chinese word of similar pronunciation, meaning “black dragon” tea.
The black dragon tea varieties depend on where it is produced. Some mountain villages in China produce the finest types and tastes of oolong tea, and they are quite known for its quality.
Oolong tea has the ability to treat many diseases and prevent the occurrence of some others. It reduces cancer risks and helps with osteoporosis, heart problems and teeth decay.
It is also used to cure skin allergies such as eczema, and to treat atherosclerosis, obesity and diabetes.
One of its great benefits, which Chinese people appreciate it for, is keeping a sharp memory and enhancing thinking skills.