Oolong tea falls artfully between black tea and green tea. It is carefully crafted to begin the oxidation process that characterises black teas, but skilfully controlled to release the floral and fruity aromas of the leaf before the richer tannins are revealed. To compare oolong tea vs green tea, the flavour is deeper and more complex. Compared to a black tea oolong benefits from less bitterness and far more fruity flavours.
Different styles of loose leaf oolong tea can vary wildly in flavour, ranging from the fruity notes and honeyed aroma of the Iron Goddess of Mercy Tai Guan Yin, to the silky sweetness of Milk Oolong and the deep, rich and biscuity taste of the Big Red Robe Da Hong Pao.