Types of Wu-Long Tea

Formosa oolong which is considered the finest variety of wu long (oolong) tea. The has a peach-like bouquet with an amber colour liquor. It is grown in Taiwan.

Other Types of Wu-Long Tea

  • Ti Kuan Yin – Delicate flavor and aroma, described as peachlike and nutty
  • Tieguanyin – Smooth and naturally sweet to the taste
  • Shuixian – A bit spicier and darker righer flavor
  • Da Hong Poa – Delicate , floral and light tasting
  • Fenghuang Dancong – Sweet and flowery
  • Darjeeling – A version of traditional Black tea which is semi-fermented

The difference in the price between wu long tea varieties has to do with the complexity of taste resulting from the varying degrees of fermentation or the “firing process” – much like the aging and fermentation of fine wines.

Each particular batch of wu long tea will be graded on taste, color of the leafs, fragrance, and color of the liquid… all playing a combined role in determining uniqueness and price. Some can be very expensive. However, you needn’t spend a fortune to enjoy really good wu long tea, many good varieties are priced around 10.00 per 2oz. (yields about 28-30 servings).

Just as you can find a half-way decent merlot for $12.00 a bottle, wu long tea can be purchased just as well. We include links to some very good online tea stores, which is the way to buy wu long tea (avoid the grocerey store!).


Taiwanese Oolong

Taiwan is known for producing some of the most flavorful and flowery wu-long teas. The high altitude and ocean air combine to create optimal growing conditions for oolong teas.

1990 Aged Alishan Oolong

For those that want the best and the oldest, this roasted oolong is classic. It can be steeped up to 10 times and still delivers flavor. This tea presents a full sweet taste and a lingering tingly aftertaste. The dark black leaves give off an intoxicating aroma. Circa 1990 tea.Remarks: “Recommended – a bit pricy but worth it if you are an experienced wu-long tea drinker you’ll savor the complexities in flavor.”

 

 


Alishan Spring High Mountain

This amazing an coveted Formosa tea is totally hand done and consists of the best full, ripe and tender leaves. It has the subtle sweetness and creamy aftertaste that is so desired by oolong fans. Spring 2006. 2006 Alishan Spring High Mountain

 


Lishan High Mountain Spring Oolong

A real sweet and creamy taste that the best Taiwan oolongs have. This tea can be steeped a few times and the leaves and buds are really something to look at when wet. A smooth in the throat feeling emerges when the light green tea is enjoyed.

 

 


Spring Buds Green Jade Oolong

This spring crop is greener and less oxidized than the Winter crop of this Four Season oolong. It has a really spicy and sweet taste and will be a great morning tea. Small leaves tightly rolled deep green color are this tea’s distinguishing traits. Remarks:“If you are looking for a spicy fresh tasting Formosa tea, I recommend this one – great hot or iced. Usually about $12.00 2oz. “

 


2006 Winter Buds Green Jade Oolong

The cooler weather yields a sweet and balanced brew that leaves its lasting, lightly roasted taste. CCOA certified organic.

 

 


Flowery Golden Buds Oolong

Taiwan is known for producing some of the most flavorful and flowery wu-long teas. The high altitude and ocean air combine to create optimal growing conditions for oolong teas.

 


Formosa Golden Buds Oolong

This favorite is the sister of the “Jade Green”. The Golden Buds has a more full bodied oolong taste with a hint of spice.

 

 


Formosa Green Jade Oolong

If you like a naturally smooth and sweet taste (along with a fresh aftertaste) consider this tea. This is a classic green oolong with mild oxidation and a lot of sweetness. A very good tea made from single leaves and tightly rolled. Typically inexpensive and a good value.

 


Golden Amber Oolong

These leaves are fine and well processed to a perfect rich aroma. Not as flowery as the greener oolongs, this tea leaves a satisfying aftertaste.

 

 


Oriental Beauty Oolong

This is a unique wu long grown on Er Mei Mountain, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan at about 2500 feet. It is a special production tea which is quite limited. This white-haired tea is 60% oxidized which delivers its honey-like flavour. Queen Elizabeth II called this tea an ‘Oriental Beauty’ when she first tasted it.

Wu Long Tea – contains natural anti-aging ingredients

Polyphenol – Natural Antioxidant in Wu-Long Tea

Some of the most notorious signs of ageing such as dark spots on the skin, wrinkled skin, rough skin and memory loss have been reported to diminish with regular consumption of wu long tea.

Wu Long tea is rich in biological compounds called ‘polyphenols’, which make up much the tea’s weight composition. These compounds are powerful antioxidants, which have been reported to reverse the effects caused by environmental elements as well as internal elements of ageing to the body. It truly has natural anti-ageing properties.

The primary polyphenol found in Wu-Long tea is called ‘Catechin’ which makes up about 30%-40% of the teas weight composition.

Catechins act as a defence by destroying free radicals (damaging forms of oxygen) in our bodies. These free radicals are responsible for cell damage that cause many ailments and also the visible signs of aging.

Wu-Long tea with Polyphenol – Destroys Free Radicals

These free radicals are caused by many things in our environment such as pollution, cigarette smoke, eating processed food and taking prescription drugs. Even exposure to sunlight generates free radicals that age the skin, causing roughness and wrinkles. They’re everywhere and their damage is unavoidable!

One of the most abundant Polyphenols in Wu-Long tea, called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) is about 25-100 times stronger than vitamins C or E. EGCG is reported to destroy free radicals in the body thus naturally defending and reversing the visible signs of ageing.

Two other powerful antioxidants unique to wu long tea are theaflavin and the arubigin. These occur in wu long tea as a result of the unique oxidization process performed specifically on loose leaf wu long tea.

One cup of Wu-Long tea has about 10-40 mg of polyphenol which is more than a serving of broccoli or spinach, which are considered high in antioxidant.

Wu Long tea -A Great way to start feeling better

There are several delicious varieties of wu long tea. The health benefits that come with drinking wu long tea which ‘defend against the visible signs of aging’ are about the same with all types and varieties of wu long teas. Experiment! Typically 2 oz. of loose tea will yield 28-30 cups as a rule.

Discover Rooibos – Great alternative to tea

Looking for a super healthy CAFFEINE FREE drink that is also a super source of antioxidant?

Rooibos is not a tea but rather a South African herb. You may see it simply called “Red Bush” or “Red Tea”

It is tea-like in that it is brewed and steeped just like tea so we include it in our website.

The health benefits are pretty impressive and can be backed up with good data and documented research.

Tests have proven that the amount of antioxidant found in the Rooibos plant far exceeds any other plant known.

For example:Institute for Science of Aging at AICHI Medical University in Japan, showed Red Tea to contain Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) – an outstanding antioxidant – polyphenols and flavonoids, all prime fighters of free radical damage.

Free radical damage is a known cause of aging, and in the formation of cancer and other diseases. The more antioxidant you consume the better you can defend against the ravages of these ailments.

Here is a breakdown of the benefits reported from drinking three 6oz Cups of rooibos daily…

  • Anti-aging defense – polyphenols in Rooibos prevent free radicals from damaging DNA, nipping cancer initiation in the bud.
  • Recommended for people suffering from irritability, stress, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, insomnia, nervous tension and mild depression or hypertension.
  • Great source of calcium, manganese and fluoride. Builds strong bones and teeth
  • It’s anti-spasmodic properties help pacify infants with colic, stomach cramps and sleeping problems. Mothers miracle!
  • relieves stomach and digestive problems like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation.
  • Great for the skin; Can be applied to aid in relieving skin irritation like itchy skin, eczema, sunburns, diaper rash, acne and rosocea.
  • Helps to control your appetite thus can be beneficial in weight loss.
  • Rich in minerals; makes a great natural thirst-quencher similar to “sports drinks”

But wait! My mom always told me that if it “tastes good it can’t be that good for you!

She was wrong! (just this time…)

I tried the Rooibos tea plain and found the taste to be quite earthy and refreshing; mixed with club soda and juice it made a fantastic healthy punch drink.

Weight Loss with Wu Long Tea

Natural Calorie Burner

Are you looking for a natural, healthy drug-free way to slim down and lose weight? Adding Wu-Long Tea to your diet may help! Asians have been enjoying the health benefits for a long time, especially the slimming effect that drinking Wu-long tea seems to have with repeated regular consumption.

“When I hear somebody sigh that “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'”
– Sydney Harris

A substance called “Polyphenol” in Wu-Long tea is known to effectively control obesity. Specifically speaking, it activates the enzyme that is responsible for dissolving triglyceride. It has been confirmed that the continuous intake of oolong tea contributes to enhancing the function of fat metabolism and to controlling obesity.

If you are curious about Wu Long and have never purchased it before, you may want to visit this link – Nobel Beauty Tea This particular Wu-Long tea is an excellent introduction into wu long (oolong teas) with its Licorice and Sweet Osmanthus (Orange Blossom) overtones. It is a nice digestive tea and is a good choice for tea weight management. A 2 OZ. a sample will yield about 28 cups for around $10.00.

So…does it really works? Here are some studies:

2003 Study – Journal of Medical Investigation

A study published in 2003 in the Journal of Medical Investigation by entitled “Oolong Tea Increases Energy Metabolism in Japanese Females” which studied the effects of Wu-Long tea drinking on women showed a high correlation of weight loss and wu-long tea consumption.

The actual study group was 120 Japanese women who drank wu-long tea for 6-weeks as opposed to traditional green tea, typically after a meal.

What the study found was that the women who consumed the wu-long tea directly after the meal increased energy expenditure by 10 %. The energy expenditure of women who consumed the traditional green tea was only 4% and those who drank water was 0.

2001 Study – The Journal of Nutrition

Here is some more evidence supporting the calorie burning effects of Wu-Long tea…

This is an excerpt from – The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 131, 2001…

“It is clear that consumption of oolong tea stimulates both energy expenditure [thereby burning calories] and fat oxidation [also helpful] in normal-weight men. This raises the possibility that tea consumption could have some beneficial effect on the individual’s ability to maintain a lower body fat content. However, any beneficial effect would only be realized if the effect was sustained on [substantial] consumption of tea and the individual did not compensate with greater food intake in response to tea consumption. Emphasis added.”

In: The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 131, 2001. [Note: In 2003 we reported on the effects of green tea on weight.] By:Tsui, Kasai, Kondo, et al., Div. of Health Care Science Res., Nisshin Oil Mills, Kanagawa 239-0832, Japan, Kagawa Nutrition U., Saitama 350-0288, & Inst. of Environmental Science for Human Life, Ochanomizu U., Tokyo 112-8610.

How Much Weight Can I Lose Drinking Wu-Long Tea?

It has been reported that consistent consumption can trim of 10 – 15 pounds off your regular body weight, simply by drinking 3-4 cups a day. How much weight you lose is dependent on many factors mainly your overall food intake, types of foods you eat, exercise etc.. but it seems clear that including Wu-Long tea into a diet plan can only expedite your weight loss results. Some are claiming it a Miracle weight loss drink!.

This is anecdotal at best as there is no FDA approval for tea as a medically prescribed weight loss aid.

Nonetheless, studies have shown that there is a high correlation between wu-long tea consumption and increased metabolism and calorie burning. It has been part of the Chinese culture as a healing supplement for centuries, which is strong enough evidence supporting the use of Wu-Long Tea.