Your Guide to Teatulia® Oolong Tea
The differences between the types and flavors of oolong teas are often compared to fine wines. While all wine comes from a grape, it is the combination of the variety of the grape, how and where the grape was grown, and the artisanal style of the wine maker that ultimately determines how the wine will taste in your glass. Even within one country’s wine industry, different flavor profiles can be found in different types of wine. The same is true with oolong tea.
HOW IS OOLONG DIFFERENT FROM BLACK OR GREEN TEA?
While oolong tea comes from the same plant species as black and green tea—Camellia sinensis—the biggest difference has to do with the oxidation and shape of the oolong tea leaves.
Oolong is often described as a partially oxidized tea, varying from 8% to 80% oxidation (how long the tea leaves are exposed to oxygen during processing) depending on the production style of the tea master. The flavor profile of some oolongs may lean more toward a fresh green tea (less oxidized) and others toward a malty black tea (more oxidized). Plus, oolong teas are traditionally rolled, twisted, or curled into tight balls or thin strands. These artisanal shaping techniques alter the appearance, color, and aroma of the final tea.
HOW TO BREW
Teatulia Oolong Tea can be brewed from loose leaf tea or convenient pyramid tea bags filled with whole leaf tea. For the perfect cup of hot tea (or glass of iced tea), follow these brewing instructions:
LOOSE LEAF TEA
Steep 2 grams (about 1 tablespoon) loose leaf tea in 8 oz. of just boiled water for 2 to 3 minutes.
For iced tea, steep 4 grams (about 2 tablespoons) in 8 oz. of just boiled water, then pour over ice.
PYRAMID TEA BAGS
Steep 1 pyramid bag in 8 oz. of just boiled water for 2 to 3 minutes.
For iced tea, steep 2 pyramid bags in 8 oz. of just boiled water, then pour over ice.
The caffeine content in oolong tea varies depending on how oxidized the tea is. Less oxidized oolongs tend to have less caffeine and more oxidized oolongs may have more caffeine. For comparison, a cup of Teatulia Oolong Tea contains about 50% of the caffeine in a cup coffee.
WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT TEATULIA OOLONG TEA?
Stunning taste: A wine sommelier (a trained wine professional) tasted Teatulia’s oolong tea and provided this description of the unique flavor profile: "There is a nose of fresh pie-crust, egg shell, lemon, and sake in here. This is a stunning cup. If vintage Domaine Huet, a white wine from the Loire made from a crazy grape called chenin blanc, were a tea, it would be this. Fascinating. Stunning. Wow."
Award Winner: Our Oolong tea was awarded 3rd Place Oolong Tea in the Oolong Tea Category at the 2014 North American Tea Championships in 2014.
Organic and sustainable: The Tetulia region of Northern Bangladesh is home to (and namesake of) Teatulia’s own USDA-certified organic tea garden. At nearly 2,000 acres, we’re proud that our tea garden is one of the largest of its kind in the world. We cultivate our oolong tea using natural farming methods that don’t harm the environment. And we package our oolong tea using environmentally responsible packaging, made from recycled and compostable materials.
COOKING WITH OOLONG TEA
There’s a big misconception that homemade mayonnaise is a tedious and complex process. If you have a food processor, and a few simple ingredients,then this Oolong mayo might become your new favorite DIY condiment.