Oolongs are traditionally fired into hot woks and cooked very quickly. After that is done, the leaves may be further fermented, and then fired again. Ultimately we have crisp, dry leaves.
Oolong tea is often scented with jasmine flowers. Jasmine flowers are picked, and the tea leaves are steamed in order to hold scent well. (Often, green tea leaves are used for this process, but the process of scenting partially oxidizes the leaves, causing them to be considered oolong.) Jasmine flowers bloom at night; they are picked early in the day and mixed in with the tea at night, when they open and release their scent. The scent is infused into the leaves, and the process is repeated over a couple of nights. So. Now that we've gotten that cleared up, let's take a look at the infamous Wu Long Tea Diet. The pitch, if you're going on any of several sketchy sites online, is that here is a rare tea imported directly from a special mountain in China that will make you lose so many pounds in so many days. It'll burn fat and trim your waistline. Only this tea will do, so act now!
Oolong tea, also known as Wulong, is a great addition to any diet. If drank with meals, this tea helps to enhance the metabolism by activating the enzyme that is responsible for dissolving triglycerides. This is a great tasting weight-loss tea. Shop our selection of oolong teas today!
Oolong does not have a blanket method of preparation as black teas do, as there are darker and lighter oolongs. For lighter teas, like the Jasmine #12, you'll want to use a teaspoon of tea steeped in 180 degree water for about five minutes. Darker oolongs, like the Wuyi, get steeped in boiling (212 degree) water, for closer to seven. Remember that all of Adagio's tins feature temperature and time guidelines on their fronts, so you'll be able to tell easily! While all teas can hold multiple infusions, oolong teas are particularly good for this--many people say that oolongs don't mature into their full flavor until the second or even third infusion, so experiment!
Green tea is also touted as a healthy kind of tea, but as we're keeping the "all tea comes from the same plant" mantra in the back of our minds, we know that it's got the same benefits as all other types of tea, so the information on dieting that I've just given you is equally valid. But still, green tea is an important and popular facet of the tea world, and it deserves its own look. Next month, I'll be examining just what makes green tea so special.
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