The "Dragon of Teas"
Oolong tea has been dated back to the Ming Dynasty of China (1368-1644) when outside trade expansion made its way to the west. Many tales exist regarding the naming of this unique tea style, here are a few theories; Oolong is derived from the words "Wu Long" meaning "Black Dragon". Another fable claims a tea maker by the name Wulong, accidentally allowed the leaves to oxidise after being distracted during the harvest. However this tea entered the scene, we are grateful that today we get to enjoy the many benefits it has to offer.
Due to it's partial oxidisation process, oolong tea holds a special blend of antioxidants unknown to other tea varieties as it captures thearubigins and theaflavins from black tea while maintaining the desirable catechins found in green tea. Oolong tea has been known to stimulate fat burning and increase the number of calories your body burns by 3.4%. It is also high in L-theanine, which studies have show has cognitive effects like improved brain activity, better sleep quality, and reduced stress and anxiety.
Oolong Processing: Plucked, Withered, Rolled/Bruised, Partially Oxidized, Shaped, Dried