Why Drink Aged Oolong Tea? July 20, 2012
If you are like many others, you may be wondering what the difference is between aged oolong tea and the regular kind. Well, like wine, some things just get better with age. This is something you can’t truly appreciate until you taste the smooth beverage on your lips for the first time. You will quickly understand why many tea connoisseurs will not even entertain the idea of drinking a tea that is not aged, because there is just no comparison.
What is So Special About Aged Oolong Tea?
If you think you are going to go into your local grocery store and pick up some aged oolong tea to impress your guests at your next dinner party, think again. This tea is rare, but well worth the effort of ordering it. It traditionally has an exotic and complex taste that is smooth and even pleasantly sweet.
Most oolongs that are being prepared for aging are first roasted to a specific degree to determine a moisture content that is acceptable to begin the storing process. Then, it is inspected every few years and re-roasted very carefully to remove any moisture, so flavors are retained. It is a lengthy and dedicated process, which is why the flavor gets better with age.
If you have tossed around the idea of finally trying an aged variety, you will discover firsthand why this tea is deemed more desirable.