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Monday, April 27, 2009

How to brew wu long tea?

The most common way to make wu long tea (also spelled oolong tea or oolong tea) is Gong Fu style. Making wu long tea this way requires a small earthenware teapot. The wu long is served in small cups, and the same oolong tea leaves can be brewed many times.

Making tea gong fu style is ideal for Taiwan wulong tea. The short brewing time allows the sweet flavor of the wulong tea to come out without excess caffeine or tannin. Even those who are sensitive to caffeine can drink this type of tea all evening and still get a good night’s sleep.

When making tea of any sort high quality water is essential. This is especially true for Taiwan wu long tea because of the subtle flavors that are revealed through proper brewing techniques.
The best water for making wu long tea is spring water. If you don’t have access to spring water, you can improve tap water by letting the chlorine escape before making the tea. This is done by letting the water sit uncovered for 24 hours. Chlorine can also be removed by boiling the water for 5 minutes in an uncovered pot, but this method is not recommended for wu long tea because it makes the water flat.

Water for making wulong tea should be just below the boiling point - about 85 - 95 degrees Celsius or 185 - 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Rather than measuring the temperature, try removing it from the heat when the large bubbles are just starting to form.

A typical Taiwanese wu long tea set consists of an unglazed clay teapot, a serving pitcher, a strainer, several small ceramic tea cups, a scoop for putting the wu long leaves in the pot, and a tray to capture water. Tea towels can be useful for drying the bottom of cups before they are served, and prongs are used to remove used wu long tea leaves from the teapot.
Almost every household in Taiwan has this type of wu long tea set. The tray can be a simple round design made from stainless steel or an ornate decorative object made from carved wood or stone. Decorative trays have a drainpipe which leads to a small bucket underneath. Decorative trays for making oolong tea are prominently displayed and may even be integrated into a table top.

-When the water has reached the correct temperature, a small amount is used to rinse the teapot and cups. wu long tea is then measured into the teapot - usually to about 1/4 or 1/3 of the volume of the teapot. The wu long tea leaves are not handled - a scoop is used to put the tea into the teapot.

-The teapot is filled about half-way with hot water. This first infusion is not for drinking - it allows the wulong tea leaves to “awaken” and start to unfurl. It also removes excess dust from the tea leaves.

-The teapot is swirled around to distribute the water evenly through the tea leaves and then poured out into the serving pitcher after about 10 seconds. The pot is immediately filled again for the first drinking infusion.

-As the tea is steeping the liquid from the serving pitcher is poured into the cups to heat them up. This water is then poured over the tea pot to draw steam through the hole.

The first steep is quite short - 30 to 50 seconds depending on the type and quality of the oolong. Making wulong tea is a delicate art and finding the appropriate balance between volume, temperature, and steeping time requires knowledge of the tea leaves. If the first steep is too strong or too weak, you can adjust the brewing time for subsequent steeps.

The wu long is poured through the strainer from the teapot to the serving pitcher and then to the individual cups. The cups are arranged next to each other and the pouring is done in a continuous circular motion. This allows each cup to receive wu long tea which is identical in taste and color.

The bottom of the cups are wet from the tray and the spillage so they should be briefly placed on the tea towel before serving.

After pouring the wu long tea the teapot can be immediately filled with hot water for the subsequent brew. Each brewing time can be slightly longer than the previous.

Health Benefits for drinking Wu Long Tea

Burns Calories MORE THAN TWICE as Green Tea
In a study published in the August 2003 edition of the Journal of Medical Investigation, scientists from Japan's University of Tokushima School of Medicine found that people who drank two cups a day of wu long tea experienced over 157% greater fat burning results than those who drank the same amount of green tea.

Turns Body Fat Naturally to Energy
In the Fall 2006 edition of the Tea Experience Digest, Dr. Saleeby reports "Wulong tea in fact lessens absorption of fats, increases the body’s metabolism and is responsible for noradrenaline-induced lipolysis (breakdown) of adipose tissue." Wu long tea burns stubborn body fat naturally converting it to energy! Wulong tea also appears in the latest issue of Women's Health and Fitness!

Blocks Fattening Carbs
Eating too many carbohydrates causes weight gain by increasing insulin levels. However, a new study from scientists at the Suntory Research Center in Osaka, Japan, shows that the nutrients in WuLong tea may help "blunt" the rise in insulin you normally get after eating carbs. This means that by drinking Wu Long tea, you may be able to have your cake and eat it, too!

Helps Managing Blood Sugar, Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetes
For people with type 2 diabetes, tea, along with a healthy diet could help. Statistics for type 2 diabetes are on the rise, especially in our young. Nutritionists, doctors and scientific researchers are focusing their energies on discovering ways a healthier diabetes diet, which could include consumption of wulong tea, could help to reduce the affects of this disease.

May Assists in Managing High Cholesterol Levels
Catechins, another group of antioxidants, have been found to reduce cholesterol, and wu long tea is teeming with them. Cholesterol is a special type of fat and is necessary for health. There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and wulong tea increases the good while decreasing the bad. This helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blockage of blood flow. A 2001 Japanese study found that it reduces cholesterol after 1 month of regular drinking.

Has Been Shown to Assist Lowering Blood PressureA
2004 study by Yang found that drinking green and oolong tea for at least a year reduces high blood pressure. Regular drinkers are 46% less likely to develop high blood pressure if they drink one-half to two-half cups a day. They are 65% less likely to develop high blood pressure if they drink more than 2 cups a day.

May Protects HeartA
2007 American study found that wu long tea reduces the blood concentrations of triglycerides (the most common form of fat that exists in the body) by a whopping 80% compared to rats on normal diet. Another 2001 Japanese study found that it reduces cholesterol after 1 month of regular drinking. A 2004 Japanese study conducted by Osaka City University found that wulong tea increases plasma adiponectin levels. Low levels of plasma adiponectin are associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease (CAD). The study concluded that wulong tea may have beneficial effects on the progression of atherosclerosis in patients with CAD.

Assists Healthy Skin and Radiant glow, Reduce Acne, Brown Sports and Wrinkles.
In a new study published in the academic journal Archives of Dermatology, researchers from Japan's Shiga University of Medical Science found that the nutrients in this kind of tea may dramatically clear up skin eczema within just one month. Free radicals are damaging substances in your body caused by ultra-violet rays, chemical food additives, pollution and stress. As you grow older, the amount of free radicals within your body increases naturally. Unfortunately, research links these damaging substances to many signs of aging, including wrinkles, dark spots and certain diseases. In one 2004 study by Dr. Kenichi Yanagimoto and colleagues from the University of California, Davis, the nutrients in this kind of tea may elicit a remarkable 50 percent reduction in free radicals within just 15 days!

100% Natural & NourishingUnlike artificial "fat burners," wulong is natural and nourishing to your health. Many users report feelings of increased focus and well-being. Keep in mind, wulong does contain some caffeine, about as much as a cup of green tea but less than a cup of coffee.