Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Oolong Tea

The subject of this teas-day is a traditional Chinese tea - Oolong.

oolong tea© by Haalo


It is obvious that this doesn't look like your regular tea. Oolong is a semi-fermented tea,  the leaves are sun-dried and allow to oxidise before they are twisted and curled to form small balls. As you brew, the leaves slowly unravel and expand as shown in the photo below.
oolong tea© by Haalo

Oolong is also lower in caffeine than coffee - it has about a third of the caffeine and it's said to have calorie burning properties which makes it a good after dinner drink.

oolong tea© by Haalo

Use about a teaspoon per cup of water and brew for about 5 minutes. There's a green tinge to this straw coloured tea - refreshing with grassy aromas.


3 comments:

  1. Love the first shot of the tea, stunning.

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  2. Oolong is probably my tea of choice after jasmine! I also echo the first comment - the first photo is stunning!

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  3. I think I definitely need a cup of tea now... YES! Oolong is in my tea cupboard!

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