May 24, 2012
Got Milk Oolong?
Have you ever heard of a milk oolong? It doesn’t have real milk in it, it’s corn milk. When the tea leaves are rolled in the processing of this oolong, they add corn to them and the essence of the corn is infused into the tea leaves. The corn milk that saturates the tea leaf gives it a really amazing sweet and creamy aroma and taste. This tea has become a real favorite of our Tea Ambassadors here! In fact, my parents, Carol and Bob are pretty hard core black tea drinkers and they offered me some of the milk oolong tea at their house yesterday! Enjoy trying an ounce and see what you think!
Milk in Oolong Tea?
Since oolong tea is in between a green tea and a black tea, I don’t usually recommend real milk in an oolong tea. However, there are a couple of oolongs that are strong enough to have milk in them: Formosa Oolong and Fancy Formosa Oolong. These are stronger and darker than most oolongs because they are more oxidized like a black tea. The range of types of oolongs varies drastically and most of them are more green in appearance and taste compared to a black tea. This is due to the partial oxidation, rather than full oxidation that occurs in black tea. You know, when you cut open an apple and leave it on the counter and it turns brown? That’s oxidation. Black teas are fully oxidized while oolong teas are partially oxidized.
So, when it comes to milk in oolong tea, I recommend the Milk Oolong tea, you don’t need to add anything to it! It has a sweet creamy taste, naturally!