Oolong Tea (Wu Long Cha)
(Wu Long Cha)
Camelllia sinensis L. Kuntze (Cha); Folium Camellia Sinensis Fermentata
Oolong teas linger somewhere between the oxidation of green and black teas. Oolong or "Wu Long Cha" means “black dragon” and is simply fermented green tea leaves, and this type of tea combines the robust flavors of black teas with the lighter tastes of green teas. It features a complex and inherent sweetness swirled throughout a warm and inviting golden infusion. This tea is a true pleasure to drink!
The fermentation process that creates Oolong tends to smooth out the more harsh properties of the green tea. Green tea is much colder than Oolong and this comes through in the flavor; where Oolong has a mild sweetening, woody flavor, green tea has a more popping bitterness. Both teas, however, are useful for stomach disorders and removing dampness in the form of grease and fat from the body; Oolong has the added benefit of mildly reviving the Shen.
Bitter, sweet, cool
Heart, Lung, Stomach, Small Intestine
Begin with cold water. Preheat tea pot. Use approximately 3 grams of tea leaves for 6 oz. water. Use .5 oz. tea leaves per quart. For tea, steep 4 minutes.
***Brew herbal teas as black teas, with water to rolling boil. POUR OVER tea or herbal. DO NOT boil botanicals in water when making tea.
Use discretion and taste to produce a brew-strength equal to 3 grams of tea per 6 oz. water.