Although Oolong tea (also referred to as “Wu Yi tea” or “Wu Long tea”) is widely consumed in the Far East, it still has a mysterious aura to it here in America.
The word oolong or wu long literally means “black dragon” in chinese language.
Oolong tea is commercially produced mainly in China and Taiwan.
It is also known as the “semi-fermented” tea.
It is made up of tea leaves that have undergone partial (10%-80%) fermentation process.
The tea leaves are allowed to wilt under direct sunlight for a specific length of time then are put in bamboo baskets, shaken and bruised to release the enzyme responsible for oxidation, followed by further drying until the leaves have attained a yellowish shade.
Oxidation process of oolong tea is about two to three days.
Generally, oolong tea has characteristics that are in between that of the black tea and green tea.
It has a flavorful and aromatic taste but not as robust as that of the black tea or as subtle as that of the green tea.
Some tea enthusiasts consider oolong tea as the “champagne of all teas”.
This air of mystery is encouraged (and capitalized on) by marketing companies who constantly change the tea’s name to make it seem more like an ancient Chinese secret for weight loss.
The simple truth is that the tea isn’t much of a secret, and (since it originated about 400 years ago) it’s not particularly ancient either.
Clever marketing aside, these companies do have one thing right.
Oolong tea does, in fact, encourage weight loss.
Not only will it help you drop those pesky pounds, it’s also packed with a whole host of other great health benefits.
We’ll discuss those below, but first let’s take a look at what Oolong tea is and how it’s made.
Process of Making Oolong Tea
There are hundreds of different varieties of tea made from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, but almost all of them fit into one of the following three categories: Black teas, Green teas, or Oolong teas.
The type of tea is determined by how long the tea is exposed to oxygen before drying out.
This careful withering process is called oxidization.
Black teas are fully oxidized, while Green teas are dried quickly and unoxidised.
Oolong is partially oxidized and combines the best qualities of Black and Green.
Unique & Wonderful Flavor
The complex oxidization process that Oolong undergoes gives it a delicious flavor that is quite distinct from Black and Green tea.
It has a fresh taste and strong flavor without a hint of bitterness.
Some Oolong teas are also scented with jasmine by mixing the jasmine flowers with the leaves and infusing the scent of the flowers into the tea.
Oolong Tea & Weight Loss
In the Far East, Oolong has long had the reputation for helping keep people slim.
Some of its weight loss benefits are still debated, but scientific studies have proven that Oolong tea helps people to lose weight by:
- Increasing metabolism
- Increasing energy
- Blocking fat absorption
- Ridding the body of excess water weight
Oolong is highly desired for its weight loss abilities, but it also has other effects that are just as beneficial.
Some of them include:
- Boosting the immune system
- Promoting healthier teeth by fighting plaque and tooth decay
- Promoting healthier skin
- Preventing wrinkles and spots
- Enhances focus and mental function
- Fighting cancerous cells and diseases
- Fighting the aging process
- Oolong tea burns fat so well that it’s a common ingredient in over-the-counter nutritional fat-loss supplements.
- Wu Yi tea is a type of Oolong tea that gets its name from the Wuyi Mountain range in Fujian, China where it’s grown.
- “Oolong” tea translates to “Black Dragon” tea
- Oolong tea is very carefully produced. It’s much more complicated to make than both Green or Black tea.
- Oolong tea contains a very high amount of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols
Oolong Tea Frequently Asked Questions
You should find everything you need to know about Oolong and Wu Yi tea on the pages of this site.
Just in case you’re in a hurry, we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here.
1-What’s the difference between Oolong & Wu Yi tea?
Even though they have different names, Wu Yi tea is still an Oolong tea.
Wu Yi is simply a variety of Oolong that is grown in the Wuyi Mountain range in China.
Oolong is also sometimes referred to as “Wulong” or “Wu Long” tea. Find out more on the Wu Yi vs Oolong page.
2-Does Oolong tea really help aid in weight loss?
Yes! Combined with diet and exercise, Oolong tea can be an excellent weight loss aid.
It increases the metabolism while blocking fat absorption to help you shed those extra pounds.
Find out more on the Oolong & Weight Loss page.
3-Does Oolong have any other health benefits?
Yes! Oolong has long been respected for its medicinal benefits.
It can help promote healthier skin, fight cancerous cells and diseases, improve digestion, and enhance mental function.
View detailed list of Oolong benefits on the Health Benefits of Oolong Tea page.
4-Are there any side effects from drinking too much Oolong tea?
To see any negative effects from Oolong tea, you would have to drink a heck of a lot of it.
You can read a detailed list of these unlikely side effects on the Oolong Tea Side Effects page
5-How much caffeine is in Oolong tea?
Oolong tea contains about 30 mg of caffeine per average serving.
This is much less than coffee (80 mg), a little more than Green tea (20 mg) and a little less than Black tea (40 mg)