Oolong tea: The drink extraordinaire
It makes a very extraordinary list when we look at the number of benefits that are associated with oolong tea. In terms of percentage, oolong tea probably doesn’t even account for two percent of the world’s total tea reservoirs. But the number of benefits that are associated with oolong tea are staggering. From promising an immunity boost to improving your cardiac health, from preventing tooth decay to enriching your skin with an amazing glow, oolong tea has everything to offer. However, the focus of this discussion is not on the benefit of the oolong tea but on the multiple ways in which it can be brewed. You guessed it right. We are talking about the hot vs cold oolong tea tussle, a debate that isn’t given enough time and space for God knows what reason! But we can promise you that you will not have a reason to complain about the lack of information once you are done reading this piece!
Hot oolong tea
We now switch the focus of this discussion towards the point around which this whole debate has been structured. Hot or cold? We talk about why you should opt for either of these variants and how you can whip them up with closed eyes at your home. It is believed that most of the benefits that are associated with oolong tea are attainable only in its warmest form. So, the debate is over right here, or at least you would think so. Hold onto your horses, iced oolong tea is a thing that has its perks. We will talk about it in a minute but for now, we want to share the methods for brewing up a nice warm cup of oolong tea.
Let us start with plain boiling. Throw some leaves of oolong tea into a cup of water. You will have to boil the water first, and then chuck the oolong tea leaves in it. Once you have done that, let things steep for five minutes and then strain before you drink the tea. That is the simplest and the purest form in which the oolong tea can be enjoyed.
However, there are variations that you are going to love, we dare say! How about adding a dash of lemon juice to this tea? Lemon juice itself has a pretty esteemed profile in the world of fat loss, its combination with oolong tea achieves two objectives. One, it adds a lot of flavor to your otherwise plain oolong teacup. Second, it is supposed to further accelerate the process of fat loss. You can also drink it together with green tea. Green tea still rules the hearts of millions all across the world, its weight loss properties are remarkable and certainly no less than oolong tea. Some people also like to drink oolong tea in combination with cinnamon. But we are not sure if that’s your cup of tea or not!
Cold oolong tea
Enough with the hot stuff for now, now for some coolness. The idea behind iced oolong teas was to come up with a sweet delicacy that could be served to friends and guests. If they are whipped nicely, they can lighten up your day and add a lot of sweetness to your life. And conjuring up an iced oolong tea is easier than you would imagine. All it takes is ten minutes! Get yourself some oolong tea leaves, a cup of water, and a few teaspoons of honey. And of course, don’t forget about some chunks of ice either. Pour hot water over oolong tea leaves, let things steep for five minutes and then filter out the oolong tea leaves. Stir, add some honey and ice, and enjoy. Quite simple, won’t you say so?
Which one is better for you?
It is verdict time. And we are leaning in the favor of hot oolong tea, simply because all the magical benefits associated with oolong tea are preserved in that type. Otherwise, you all can sip the iced version as long as something sweet was what you were after all this time!
Brands to be aware of before you get brewing!
What’s the first thing that you need when you plan to brew some oolong tea in the kitchen? Some oolong tea leaves, right? Well, we don’t know how you will take this news, but there is a lot of variety available in the market when it comes down to oolong tea. The following is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it features some of the best brands available under the category oolong tea.
1- Bigelow Chinese oolong tea
The first in this list is a popular pick from the oolong tea brands in the weight loss category. A cup of this tea is the perfect way to kick start a day, sipping it after a meal is enjoyable in its manner. It has an earthly taste, which is primarily because the leaves of this tea are only partially fermented.
2- Twinings China oolong tea
The brand under discussion has been winning the hearts of its customers since the 18th century. Dare we comment on its quality? We mean to say, one cannot stay in this business for too long, if you don’t have a quality product to sell.
3- All-natural vintage Wuyi oolong tea
This brand is also an old house in the realm of oolong tea, its products a perfect way to make your mornings and afternoons a memorable affair!
4- Ceylon organic oolong tea
The thing that we liked the most about this oolong tea brand is that its products are least processed. This means that the oolong tea found in these packets is enriched with antioxidants and nutrients. The brand under discussion sells its products in the form of teabags as well.
5- The Tao of Tea Black Dragon Loose Leaf oolong tea
We love how this brand believes in hand-rolling and roasting the oolong tea. Preserves its sweet scent for sure!