You may be wondering which type of tea is featured above; it is in fact a very famous tea known as Tieguanyin, or more commonly as Iron Goddess of Mercy. It is one of a number of teas not classified as white, black, green or puerh; instead, it is known as an oolong (wūlóng) or blue tea. The name “blue” comes not from the overarching colour of the leaves or liquor, but instead the very subtle shades of blue that many beautiful oolong tea loose leaves display.
Iron Goddess itself is a fragrant, half-fermented Taiwanese roasted tea. When properly steeped, it yields a lovely deep yellow liquor. However, it isn’t the only oolong out there; there’s quite a variety of oolong teas to satisfy your taste buds, many of them well-revered.
Some people who are unused to drinking tea will take to oolongs faster than greens and whites. This is due to an oolong tea’s oxidation level being between that of green and black tea; most oolongs retain many characteristics of green tea without being quite as bitter, and taste much more like black tea. However, this of course differs from oolong to oolong, and depends greatly on the fermentation level. Oolong teas have the greatest variation in oxidation of any tea, with the exception of puerh.
That’s all for now, I hope you’ve enjoyed this first post on Teapress. Oolongs are a personal favourite tea of mine, so I thought I’d kick this blog off with one. But, there’s plenty more tea where this came from! At our home domain, www.australianteamasters.com.au, you can read a whole lot more about tea. So if you’re interested, drop by! We’d love to have you.