Oolong Tea Is Similar To Black Tea
If you have ever had oolong tea, you know that it has a slightly bitter taste that is similar to that of black tea. This is because both drinks are made from the same plant – camellia sinensis – and are processed in much the same way.
Like black tea, oolong tea is made from leaves that are dried out and then crushed. This crushing process makes sure that all of the leaves’ cells become oxidized. Oolong tea is then exposed to light until it becomes partially oxidized, not fully oxidized like black tea. The result is a tea that is less processed and retains more of the health-boosting compounds of the tea leaf. The degree to which these compounds are preserved and how the tea tastes depends on how long the leaves are oxidized.