Black tea has always been the most popular type of tea in the West and although a lot of Westerners seem happy to drink black teas which are artificially flavoured with anything from raspberry to vanilla, they havenít been so quick to try the natural, unflavoured variants of tea that are a staple drink in countries like China, Taiwan and Japan.
Until recently, that is. In the last few years, Westerners are starting to realize the advantages of green and oolong teas, both in terms of health and flavour.
Why have black teas with artificial peach flavouring, when you can enjoy the naturally peachy aroma of a cup of freshly-brewed cup of Formosa oolong? Or the earthier, more woody flavour of a typical Chinese oolong tea?
Oolong tea is getting more and more popular, partly because of its great taste but also because of its health benefits. Like black tea, oolong tea contains antioxidants, but it has more of them than black tea because oolong tea isnít subjected to as much oxidation/fermentation during processing as black tea is.
Antioxidants are a natural defence against all kinds of ills, from skin aging and allergies to obesity and possibly even cancer. Not only that, but oolong tea also helps prevent dental caries and aids your body in flushing toxins.