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Collection: Loose leaf oolong tea

The perfect choice for the curious tea drinker, our loose leaf oolong teas are semi-oxidised, lying at a mid-way point between rich, robust black teas, and lighter, more delicate green and white teas. From lighter ‘green’ oolongs to darker, more heavily oxidised oolongs, it is this varying level of oxidation and the craft involved in their production that makes this tea type so exciting, offering a huge spectrum of flavour. 

In our collection of loose leaf oolong tea, expect everything from the delicate floral and tropical fruit notes of our Four Seasons to black cherry and cacao from the darker Ruby Oolong. For the more adventurous, Eastern Beauty has a unique sweet-sour balance, while the roasted Honey Orchid is bursting with notes of orange blossom and apricot. Once brewed, we recommend you save the finely crafted leaves and reinfuse them, so you can savour every last drop.

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FAQs

How should I brew loose leaf Oolong tea?

Brewing instructions are specific to each tea, but as a general rule of thumb Oolong tea should be brewed in hot water (between 80-90 degrees) for 3 - 5 minutes. Find out more about making the perfect cup of loose leaf tea.

What is special about Oolong tea?

Oolong tea comes from the same plant as all other tea types, Camelia sinensis. However, unlike black teas which are allowed to oxidise fully after the leaves are picked, Oolongs are only semi-oxidised before the process is halted. Offering a huge spectrum of flavour, from lighter ‘green’ Oolongs to darker, more heavily oxidised Oolongs, it is this varying level of oxidation and the craft involved in their production that makes Oolongs so special. Find out more about Oolong tea.

Is Oolong tea high in caffeine?

Determining the caffeine level in any individual tea or tea type is not straightforward. The caffeine level will depend on:

The properties of the leaf
The amount of tea used
The temperature of the water used to brew
The length of the infusion

Find out more about how much caffeine is in tea.

Is Oolong tea healthier than green tea?

All teas have wide ranging health benefits. However, Green tea contains a higher concentration of polyphenols and catechins than Oolong tea so is often seen as the 'healthier' of the two. These powerful antioxidants are credited with everything from aiding weight loss and improving mental focus to reducing the risk of disease. Find out more about Oolong tea and green tea.

How does Oolong tea taste?

The varying level of oxidation of Oolong tea offers a huge spectrum of flavour. As such, Oolong tea offers everything from light and floral to dark and aromatic flavour profiles. Find out more about Oolong tea.

Where is Oolong tea produced?

Oolong tea is traditionally produced in China and Taiwan. However, like all other tea, because Oolong comes from the Camelia sinensis tea plant, it can in fact be produced anywhere that tea grows, replicating the traditional processes.

You can find out more about Oolong tea, and the process required to produce it.