“Dark Dragon”, “Turquoise Tea”, “Qing Cha” are the names of the same Chinese tea, which is known to connoisseurs as oolong tea. This is not a specific variety, but an extensive group of semi-fermented teas, the degree of fermentation of which varies from 20 to 60%. The Chinese call oolong tea the middle way due to the balance of taste and aroma. The taste combines black and red varieties, and notes of white and green teas are mixed in the aroma.
Oolongs are produced in two provinces of China (Fujian and Guangdong), and in Taiwan, from fully ripened juicy tea leaves, and not from their fluffy half-opened buds. For about an hour, the collected raw materials are dried, dried to remove excess moisture, and placed in shaded areas for further processing. Next, the so-called upholstery of the edges, or shaking, occurs, and the raw material can also spin in a special drum where the upholstery of the edges occurs when the tea leaves hit the special internal ledges. In this case, you need to ensure that the leaves do not break. This method involves the oxidation of leaves only along the edges and veins of the lit, which is called partial fermentation.
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Oolong, which is known to many as oolong, is a category that includes numerous varieties with different aromas and tastes. We can say that oolong is a way of processing tea leaves. There are several types of oolongs.
- Light fermented or light oolong.
- Heavy fermented or dark oolong.
Lightly fermented oolongs are made in Taiwan, south of Fujian
The raw materials for these varieties are leaves collected from bushes growing in mountainous areas. In the south of Fujian, light varieties of oolongs are produced.
Heavily fermented oolongs are produced in northern Fujian and Guangdong. For dark types of oolongs, raw materials from tree-like tea bushes growing in high mountain regions are used. Such leaves are very large, juicy, leathery, ideally curled during drying.
How oolongs are made
The collection of tea leaves for oolongs is carried out manually, without the use of machinery. Production after the collection of raw materials includes several successive stages. The stages of production of northern Fujian oolongs include:
- Collecting leaves.
- Semi-fermentation (curing).
- Laying out between bakes.
- Rebake (if required).
The main steps in the production of Taiwanese oolongs include
- Collecting raw materials.
- Fermentation (curing).
- Scatter roast.
- Re-swaddling, twisting.
- Drying, frying until done.
At the final stage, the finished tea is sorted, cooled and packaged.