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BUY OOLONG TEAS ONLINE To stay fit and lead a healthy life, you should consume a cup of healthy and refreshing oolong tea everyday. It is a partially oxidized tea making it darker than a green tea, but lighter than a black tea. The flavor, aroma & shape of these loose leaves vary depending on the region it is grown in and how it has been processed. The flavours can also range from light to full bodied, floral to grassy, and sweet to toasty. In case of online shopping or otherwise, you should always buy premium quality tea bags to enjoy all the benefits of this tea. What is Oolong Tea? This tea is processed after picking by leaving it under the sun to wilt. The wilted leaves are placed inside a basket and shaken to bruise the tea leaves. The bruising of tea leaves exposes juices to the air starting the process of oxidation. The levels of oxidation differ depending on the style of production. Due to this the characteristic of this tea can lean towards green tea or black tea. After oxidation, the leaves are dried and then cooked rapidly for a short period of time on very hot woks. A few tea producers might repeat the firing process where the teas are fermented again and then refried. This results in crisp,dry leaves. Oolong tea origins. This tea is the modern name for the traditional Chinese tea – ‘Wulong’, meaning - “wu"- black, and "lung" – dragon. The Chinese tea got its name from the appearance – shape & colour – of the teas found in the WuYi Mountains. The large tea leaves were oxidized and twisted into shapes which perhaps resembled a dragon, hence the name black dragon. But this is not the only theory of how this tea came into existence – another story is about a farmer named Wu Liang (that later became Wulong). He picked his tea leaves to make green tea but got distracted and left his tea unattended for sometime. Upon returning to the tea leaves, he noticed that the tea was already oxidizing and changing colour – creating by accident Oolong Tea. How best to enjoy a cup of Oolong Tea. These teas have many different varieties – and the brewing time & steeping time may differ. Generally oolongs are steeped anywhere between 90 and 100 degrees for 1- 3 minutes. These teas can be steeped multiple times and it’s best not to over steep it .With each infusion, the leaves unfurl a little more and release a new flavor profile. The Hand rolled Oolong Tea from Upper Assam available exclusively on Zaira Tea has tippy, whole leaves that result in a mellow, light and velvety infusion with a sweetness of honey. The tea variants are crafted with precision & expertise and should be enjoyed plain – without any milk or sugar.