Moment of clarity: Oolong Tea

12 Jan

Mi-Lan Oolong Tea Brewed at The Steeping Room in Austin, TX

The Japonophile in me makes me love green, especially matcha and genmaicha tea, due to its light flavor and immense antioxidant, or catechin, levels.

But to me, nothing beats the  mother of all teas, Oolong.

While still from the same tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, as green, white, and black teas, Oolong is usually slightly fermented, giving it a more robust flavor. Ranging in color from golden to a rich amber, there are varietals form Southern China to Taiwan, all of which have unique flavor profiles (citrusy, sweet, floral, or tannic).  The leaves always come dried and rolled up as a part of the oxidation process.

It can be tempermental and bitter when not given enough room to brew or when steeped for too-long. That should not stop you from going and getting a jar of oolong for your home brews (loose leaf only please!) and some of my favorite tea shops: Harney & Sons, Teavana, or TeaNY to name a few.

The Ti Quan Yin, is a great light and floral”gateway” Oolong for those looking for their first adventure.

When brewed properly, the reward is glorious. Go ahead and brew up a pot and let the moment of clarity ensue.

If you need any steeping tips, let me know or have any great varietals to share, please do!

Happy steeping!

Always going for glory.

Craig E. Steinfeld


4 Responses to “Moment of clarity: Oolong Tea”

  1. Charlotte February 2, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    As Charlie Sheen says, this aritlce is “WINNING!”

  2. Tyrone Azevedo October 2, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    Oolong tea has a sweet taste that i always love. My wife and i really love the unique taste of oolong tea. “.;”,

    Yours truly

  3. Celia Ohlemacher November 13, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    What i like about the Oolong Tea is its unique and sharp taste aside from the health benefits that you can get from it.*

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