Any one heard of oolong tea before? Rings a bell at times? A tea been thrown around by some health nut obsessing over a healthy alternative in tea ,been compared to the ever ubitious green tea, or served by smiling old grand dads in a shop in Chinatown? I admit its not quite too mainstream of a tea among the masses of consumers clamoring for the tastiest and healthiest drinks...well not yet at least! Its been under the radar since the health food movement, alternative, organic, or pseudo-organic-designer food sold by market chains nowadays began, its all left in its wonderful and pure splendor unchanged by time both literally and figuratively.
Much for the better. There is so much the frontiers of tea left, oolong teas and aged teas alike have retained so much purity, every leaf has a story to tell with tastes of countless varieties, textures and colors worthy of a Picasso and Van Gogh, and age to bring out a combination of flavors...what more is there to be expected non other than oolong?! Black in comparison have kick, flavors in leaf and added to, not to mention artistry but oolong doubles that with age to create a "layered" flavor effect. Its like first brewing a day's tea, then leaving the leaves in for more than a few hours, what the is expected to taste for instance like chocolate has a more concentrated flavor, but turns into a deep earthy flavor that transcended the primary flavor altogether. No frills, and whistles needs apply for this tea! Time itself by being first produced and aged can produce multiple flavors depending what it takes in during storage, and the best part brewing for an extended time allows anyone with an adventurous mind to experiment flavors not found in a standard infusion.
There is nothing more to be asked from oolong tea and the mastery of tea by the Chinese, over 4000 years of experience teas like oolong always showcase the artistry, the quality, dedication and age old traditions of China and tea itself. Its comes all down that oolong tea may very well be the wine and champagne of tea! Aged and the craft timeless in elegance that even Darjeeling tea cannot even compare to!