Let's talk Oolong & its benefits

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Let’s talk Oolong Tea and its benefits

Oolong tea benefits have been known for centuries in the Orient. The tea has been cultivated and refined in Taiwan, China and Japan.  Oolong, sometimes called WuLong, is taken from the camellia sinensis sinensis, which is the base for all true tea.  The difference between Oolong versus Green and Black Tea is its oxidation process. Its taste and properties such as caffeine levels lie somewhere between green and black tea.

Oolong Tea benefits are similar to those of green tea, though most oolong is oxidized longer than green tea. It has less of the raw grassy taste of green tea and tends to be a darker brown color with earthier, woody flavors. Some oolongs when less oxidized can tend towards the green tea taste attributes. Either way, the benefits of drinking this tea can be huge.

Oolong’s Complex Powerhouse of Polyphenols

Oolong tea benefits are as varied and nuanced as the many varieties of oolong teas. For centuries oolong has been used—studied and judged in competitions and festivals like fine wine for all its subtle qualities. The Western world is just beginning to realize what the Asian world has been appreciating for ages. Taste the distinctive tannin in oolong tea, which are evidence of the complex variety of molecules called polyphenols that come from oxidizing oolong.

A Short List of the Long List of Oolong Tea Benefits

High in polyphenols.
Oolong is known for cleansing and digestive properties.
The tea has long been used in Chinese medicine for spleen and kidney energy.
The leaves can be brewed many times, improving with each new brewing, unlike other teas.

In addition to the benefits presented by Oolong Tea, you are sure to enjoy the taste.  Try some of Bluffton Tea’s portfolio of Oolong Teas.