ORGANIC OOLONG TEA
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Botanical name: Camellia sinensis
Country of Origin: China
Leaf size: Tea bag cut
Production: the process to create oolong tea is complicated and each step requires a lot of experience and skill. Fresh tea leaves are left to wither in the sun, then tumbled to bruise the leaves to allow partial oxidation. Finally, the leaves are rolled and heat dried to stop the oxidation process. The manufacture of oolong tea involves repeating these stages to achieve the desired amount of bruising and browning of leaves. Withering, rolling, shaping, and firing are similar to black tea, but much more attention to timing and temperature is necessary.
Qualities: as a semi-fermented tea, oolong tea integrates the best qualities of both the un-oxidized green tea and the fully oxidized black tea. Some claim it has the richest taste among all teas as it retains the strong fragrance and mellow flavors of black tea as well as as the sweet and fragrant smell of green tea. Oolong tea contains caffeine.
Common Use: Bring water to a boil and let it cool for about 2 minutes to (85-93˚C). Spoon out loose leaf tea to a pot or a cup. Measure 1 heaped teaspoon for 1 cup of tea and 1 extra if using a pot. Pour the boiled water directly onto the tea and let steep 3 to 5 minutes (Western-style).
Storage: Store in cool, dark, dry place
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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Okay, but too powdery
The taste isn't bad, but my husband was disappointed that the leaves were overly crushed and tiny. He had to use a tea bag instead of a tea sieve, otherwise the tea would escape into the water. The first steep is also much stronger because of this and he's used to re-steeping, so it was a bummer.
not as good as the previous batch
I realize it may be hard to keep the same quality from overseas products, but this batch of oolong is not as good as your previous batch. I could tell by looking at it, it is powdery, not as brown in color, which tells me not as fermented, so it doesn't have that nice deep oolong taste. not complaining, per se, but if you could get back what you had, that tea was a great oolong. Good teas are getting hard to find, and prices are going up, so I am sure you are doing the best you can do for now.
Another EO winner
I thought I would take a gamble on EO's oolong, but most oolong that I find is not very good. This is, to me, surprisingly good oolong, not earth shattering, but good earthy and a smooth taste. I am finding that EO is pretty good at sourcing quality products. Glad to have found them, and the service is great, shipping fast.