The Black Dragon Tea
antioxidant rich ∙ boosts energy ∙ promotes digestion
Oolong tea can be traced all the way back to the peak of the Qing Dynasty in China. The name "oolong" translates to "Black Dragon" in English, after the tea leaves' distinctive tiny dragon shape after being processed and rolled. Oolong grows mainly in China’s Fujian province, where the biodiversity is considered the ideal place to grow a very special tea. The rocky, mineral-rich soil and perfect levels of heat and humidity maintain a perfect growing climate that you can't find in many other places in the world.
🖤 HOW OOLONG IS MADE 🖤
Most teas come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, and the main difference between white, green, oolong, black, and pu erh tea is the amount of time each type of tea is oxidized. Different levels of oxidation create different color, flavors, aromas, and levels of caffeine. Oolong tea is semi-oxidized, falling in between green and black tea.
Shortly after the leaves are picked, they are withered and semi-oxidized in the sun and then dried in the shade. The little oolong leaves are then basket-tossed and fired over a wok. The unique step of wok-firing is often done over charcoal or wood, which is an important element that gives oolong its unique taste. Finally, the leaves are curled or rolled into small-rock like shapes that resemble tiny black dragons.
The oolong in this blend was steamed in milk, giving it a slight sweet and creamy element, making it a fan favorite. Oolong also has many health benefits including:
- Oolong may help decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure in some people.
- The combination of caffeine and polyphenols found in oolong tea may help increase the amount of calories and fat burned each day.
- Similar to green and black tea, oolong tea may have protective effects against cancer.
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