What is Wu long Tea?
The Wu long (also referred to as oolong) family of teas ischaracterized by a partial oxidation process that is controllableby varying degrees of heat. Wu long tea has the benefits andtaste of both Green Tea and the fully oxidized Black Tea.
Although a number of countries now produce Wu long tea, China isthe largest and best known producer.
Since one of the characteristics of Wu long tea is partialoxidation, Wu long teas offer a wide variety of flavors dependingon the degree of oxidation. Oxidation is the key element in thedefinition of tea since all teas come from the Camellia Sinensisplant.
Wu Long Tea is a semi-oxidized tea, occupying the middle groundbetween Green and Black teas. Combining the best qualities ofGreen tea and Black tea, Wu Long Tea is not only as clear andfragrant as Green Tea, but also as fresh and strong as Black Tea.If you drink Wu Long Tea, the natural aroma may linger in yourmouth and make your throat comfortable.
Wu Long Tea is helpful in anti aging, bringing high bloodpressure down, improving the immune system, and controllingcholesterol. Wu Long Tea can help you digest food, refreshyourself and return to sobriety. It is also helpful in prolongingyour lifespan.
Chinese Wu long Teas also differ somewhat from other teas asregards the Chinese manufacturing process. Whole leaf Wu longsare often partially manufactured in private homes before finalfinishing and blending in larger factories. Althoughconsolidation of the industry has resulted in concentration ofthe business in larger firms a cottage industry still exists inthe Chinese production of Wu long Tea.
In China, high quality Wu long Tea came from three traditionaltea producing areas: Northern Guangdong (The Phoenix line),Southern Fujian (the Teguanyian line) and Western Fujian (theWuyi line). Taiwan and India are also producers of fine Wu longtea.
Fine Wu long teas are very popular with tea drinkers andconnoisseurs all over the world for their broad spectrum of tasteofferings and for their ease of infusion. In the tea producerareas of China and in Hong Kong and Taiwan (all places where teadrinkers take the tea ceremony seriously) Wu long sets thestandard for a quality tea experience.
Benefits of Drinking Wu Long tea
* Benefit Good taste
The bottom line for any tea drinker is the taste of the tea andthe feeling of wellness and serenity drinking the tea provides.Wu long Tea is provides a smooth subtle taste that encourages theserene feeling of wellness that quality tea provides.
Wu long Tea has an additional advantage in that it has a broadspectrum of oxidation and this provides a variety of tastes thatthe tea drinker can enjoy. Some Wu longs fare lighter in flavorbased upon only slight oxidation and some are more robustdepending upon greater amounts of oxidation.
When you combine the quality of Wu long Tea with taste varietythe benefit is a tea that appeals to a large number of teadrinkers.
* Benefit of a Sense of Well Being
Tea provides one benefit to drinkers that no other beverage canproduce.
That feeling is a sense of well being and serenity that isnaturally produced. Compared to coffee or soft drinks thatcontain significant levels of caffeine, sugars and other chemicalsubstances, tea creates a drink that calms and soothes thedrinker. Tea is ideal to start and end a busy day.
It is an interesting fact that most of the best spas in thecountry rely on tea as the chosen beverage.
* Benefit of Weight Loss
Due to a combination of light caffeine , anti-oxidants andpolyphenols, Wu long Tea Increases energy expenditure by 10% andit accelerates metabolism required to loose weight. Wu long Teaalso regulates blood sugar levels for diabetics. The tea burns2.5 times more calories than Green Tea and is ideal for weightloss.
Drinking Wu long Tea reduces plaque in the arteries, lowerscholesterol and produces slimming effects. It also stimulates fatreduction because the polyphenols in Wu-Long tea is effective incontrolling body fat. It activates the enzyme that is responsiblefor dissolving triglyceride.
Wu long tea eliminates the fattening effects of carbohydrates:Eating too many carbohydrates causes weight gain by increasinginsulin levels. Wu long Tea can suppress lipid metabolism whichhas the effect of suppressing fatty accumulation and body weightincreases.
* Benefit of Improved Health
Health-promoting compounds such as polyphenols and catechins arepresent in all types of tea, but hand picked Wu long Tea is thebest source. This means that the tea drinker can maintain ahealthy lifestyle with every cup.
Free radicals are damaging substances in your body. Wu Long Teacontains high amounts of anti-oxidants that reduce effect of freeradicals and helps reverse signs of aging.
Wu long Tea also helps strengthen your Immune system. Wu-Long Teadrinkers were found to have a stronger immune system and asignificantly lower risk for infections such as the common cold.
* Benefits of Quality
High quality Wu long Teas generally contain only the highestquality pluckings from such tea growing areas like the highmountain grown tea leaves grown in the famous Wuyi mountain rangein China. The benefits to the tea drinker are good health and thefeeling of well being only quality tea affords.
Loose leaf Wu long Tea is processed by the "orthodox" method – nofannings, dust, broken leaves or twigs often found in bagged teaare ever included in loose leaf Wu long Teas.
Some quality tea suppliers cup every imported shipment. Teadrinkers benefit from these suppliers because they are guaranteedconsistency.
* Benefit of Value
Value is created by high quality at a good price. Understandingthe cost per cup of loose leaf tea is important because looseleaf tea competes favorably in price with bagged tea.
When compared to tea bags the value of loose leaf tea is readilyapparent. Bags use broken tea leaves, fannings and dust becausethey infuse quicker but sacrifice quality. In terms of cost, asignificant portion of the tea bag product is involved in baggingthe tea and providing packaging for the bagged product.
With loose leaf tea one gets the high quality of plucked leaveswithout the costs associated with bagging.
Copyright © 2007 Jon M. Stout
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