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What is milk oolong?

Posted by Arden on 11th May 2018

What is milk oolong?

Tea lovers rejoice! A special edition milk oolong has just joined the teapigs family. Not to be confused with the “milk teas” from Boba shops, milk oolong is (shockingly!) dairy free, sugar free, and zero calories...say what?! We’ve encountered a lot of confused faces in the office since milk oolong found its way on to the tea shelf – so, if you’re wondering why on earth it’s called milk oolong, then you’re definitely not alone. Here’s a quick guide to milk oolong and why it’s one of the most delicious and unexpected variations of oolong teas going.  

why 'milk'?

Milk oolong in Chinese is “Nai Xiang” which means milk scent, so the namesake of milk oolong comes from its beautifully buttery aroma. It tastes smooth and creamy – cast your mind back to those white milk bottle sweets you’d get in pick n mix – but is totally dairy free.

Does milk oolong actually contain milk? 

Nope! Milk oolong is dairy free, but has a sweet, cream like aroma and taste. 

what is oolong tea?

Fun fact for you – the same plant (Camellia sinensis) used for black, white and green teas is also responsible for the huge variety of oolong teas. From the traditional tung ting oolong tea-- named after the ‘Frozen Summits’ of Nantou, Taiwan where the tea plants are harvested—to milk oolong, the process is the same.

We like to say oolong is “between black and green.” If green and black teas exist on different extremes of a tea spectrum, oolong tea encompasses the 50 shades of grey in the middle, between 30% and 70% of the oxidation process that black tea goes through.  What you get is a blend of the fresh and floral notes of a green tea with the boldness and malty-ness of a black tea.  Research is even showing that oolong is comparable to green tea in terms of its energy boosting effects!

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