What is Japanese Oolong Tea?
Japanese oolong tea is rare in a country that almost exclusively produces green tea. This tea is partially oxidized, making it somewhere in between a green tea and a black tea. With these teas, you tend to get more of these perfume-like floral notes along with a light sweetness.
Our Japanese Oolong Tea is exclusively sourced from small farmers in Japan
After traveling around Japan for the past few years, we have gotten to meet dozens of farmers and sample hundreds of different teas. It was only later on in our journey that we discovered Japanese oolong tea. Once we found our first one, the quest was on to find the best japanese oolong tea. Eventually we got to taste an incredible oolong tea from Miyazaki Sabou in Miyazaki prefecture.
Our Japanese Oolong Tea is 100% organically grown and pesticide free
In Japan, oolong tea is very rare, but in the prefecture of Miyazaki, there are actually a few farmers that have taken on the challenge. We always love to see farmers experimenting with new techniques, and we are so happy to be able to share this delicious japanese oolong tea with tea lovers all around the world. One of our main focus is to source oolong teas that are 100% pesticides free and grown ethically. If you would like to buy japanese oolong tea, you can try the Oolong from Miyazaki Sabou listed above.
Japanese oolong tea flavor profile
The Japanese oolong tea taste is strong on these sweet floral notes like lilac and honeysuckle. Normally, this would accompany thinner teas, but here the mouthfeel is quite thick. You may even notice a subtle, baked cinnamon quality in this tea which lingers on the aftertaste.
History of japanese oolong tea
China brought Japan oolong tea only relatively recently, as production of this partially roasted was concentrated in mainland China until the 1700s. Compared to the darker Chinese oolongs, the japanese oolong tea taste leans more heavily on these light floral notes.
How to brew Japanese oolong tea
When it comes to brewing Japanese oolong tea, you can go for a slightly higher temperature, but not too hot as there are still some catechins contained within the leaves. Let’s go through some quick steps you can follow to prepare the best japanese oolong tea
Put 5 grams of Japanese oolong tea into your kyusu teapot
Pour in 150ml of 170 degree fahrenheit water
Let the leaves sit undisturbed for 1 minute
Pour out the Japanese oolong tea and let the leaves be filtered out by the kyusu
Japanese oolong tea production
In order to produce oolong Japanese tea, the farmer needs to first accelerate the oxidation process and then stop the oxidation process. To accelerate the oxidation process, the tea is “withered” meaning it is laid out on these large mats and allowed to be heated by the sun.
The Japanese oolong tea leaves are then tossed so that air can circulate underneath it. Once the leaves have been oxidized, and some of the catechins have been converted into theaflavins, heat is applied to stop the oxidation and prevent it from turning into a black tea.
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