How to brew Oolong Tea?

How to brew Oolong Tea?

Oolong tea is semi-oxidised and often described as being between black tea and green tea. The brewing method focuses on releasing as much flavours and benefits from the tea leaf as possible. Our oolong collection is made with whole tea leaf, therefore it is great for re-infusion, you can discover new aromas and flavours with each new brew. 

Starting with good quality tea leaf and using fresh filtered water are essential elements in making a good cup or pot of oolong. This offers the most natural way in preparing your oolong leaves. 

For a cup (250ml), use 1 teaspoon of oolong leaves with a tea infuser

For a teapot (600ml), use 2 teaspoons of oolong leaves in a loose leaf tea infuser teapot or a tea infuser in a normal teapot and place the lid on top. 

Getting the right water temperature for oolong tea

Like green tea, the temperature of the water is very important when it comes to brewing oolong. The most ideal temperature for oolong is 85 - 90°C. 

The most accurate way is to use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the water. However you might not have a thermometer or one of those temperature controlled kettles. The simple way to get the right temperature is boil your kettle, open the lid, wait 1 - 2 minutes for the water to cool down before pouring over the tea leaves and let it brew in the teapot or cup.

How long to brew oolong tea for?

The exact amount of time will depend on the particular tea and personal preference. Oolong tea is a rolled-style tea, which means a whole tea leaf is shaped into a ball to preserve the flavours, natural oils and benefits.

Being a whole leaf tea, the brewing time is slightly longer and you are able to enjoy more infusions. The general rule is 2 - 5 minutes. Reuse the tea leaf 2 or 3 times in a teapot and up to 5 times in a cup. 

Once the tea leaves are brewed, remove the infuser from your cup or teapot and enjoy your tea. 

Some of our favourite oolong teas

Iron Goddess (Ti Kuan Yin)

A premium Chinese oolong with distinctive light, nutty and delicate floral notes. Exquisite aroma and rich complex flavour. It is considered as a legendary oolong from the Fujian province in China, named after the Iron Goddess of Mercy.

Milk Oolong 

A light, creamy and flowery whole leaf oolong, each tea leaf is hand rolled. It has a natural mild milky aroma, rounded mouthfeel with sweet notes of cream and almonds. One of the most unique oolong, the character best described as premium oolong with sweet milk and light orchid notes peeking out from camellia depths. Smooth and sweet to taste.

Jade Oolong (Honey Orchard)

Another one of our High Mountain Oolong. Floral, rich and buttery body that lingers on your palate. Rounded and airy quality.