From the very first day we opened our doors at the Pickwick Tearoom, Orange Flower Oolong was on our tea menu delighting our customers and us with its beautiful citrusy scent of oranges and a hint of jasmine. When I look at a scoop of Octavia’s Orange Flower Oolong tea it makes me think of potpourri; the delicate pale white flowers, the dark green oolong tea leaves, the bright green bits of lemon myrtle all blend into a visually delightful tea. The sensuous fragrance captures refreshing orange and citrus in a beautiful blend that delights the eye as well as the palate. Octavia’s Orange Flower Oolong Tea blend is made with a Jade Oolong from Taiwan, jasmine blossoms, organic lemon myrtle and pure essential oil of orange. Like all Octavia teas, this tea is made with 100% natural ingredients.
Sometimes pronounced “Wu-long”, oolong teas are semi-oxidized and enjoy characteristics between green and black teas. The leaves usually brownish in color and large in appearance produce a smooth, aromatic, complex cup of tea.
Almost all oolong teas come from Southeastern China and Taiwan. Different tea estates use their tried and true methods of drying and oxidizing oolongs. This intricate process allows oolongs to offer a wide array of flavors and aroma. High quality oolongs are among the world most expensive teas.
Initial processing begins when the leaves are tossed in bamboo baskets to somewhat bruise the leaves edges in order to release enzymes which react with oxygen. The outer part of the oolong tea leaf is allowed to oxidize while the center of the leaf stays green. Some oolongs are more similar to black teas with a darker colored brew; while other oolongs that are less oxidized favor green teas with a lighter infusion and golden green infusion.
Some of the many health benefits associated with all oolong teas; lower cholesterol, boost metabolism, aid in weight loss and reduce plaque in arteries. Research conducted in Japan, China and Taiwan report that regular consumption of oolong tea is linked to the reduction of cholesterol and lowering of blood sugar. Widespread use of oolong as a daily slimming and dieter’s tea in southeastern Asia has been widespread for hundreds of years.
The next time you want to experience a warm Mediterranean day without leaving your home, brew up a cuppa Octavia’s Orange Flower Oolong, put on some light French jazz and let it transport you to the south of France, if only for a few minutes. Enjoy!
If you’d like more information about Octavia Tea Company or if you’d like to experience this unusual tea for yourself, check out Octavia Tea Company’s website HERE. You can also find their teas at specialty and gourmet shops.
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