Our Best 4 Oolong Teas: Milky, Spicy, Sweet, and Toasty

By The Whistling Kettle September 30th, 2021

You may have noticed oolong tea popping up everywhere lately. Yet the subtle smoothness and floral aroma has captivated us for centuries. The flavors vary from subtle and sweet to rich and creamy. Oolong tea is often mislabeled as being ‘between green and black tea’, but it has a completely unique flavor. As the weather gets cooler, we’re all looking to curl up with a hot cup of tea. The best oolong teas bring cozy flavors and novelty to your day.

1. Milk Oolong

Flavor profile: Creamy, sweet, floral.

Caffeine Level: Low.

If we had to pick one oolong tea that everyone should try it would be milk oolong. No other tea has quite the same buttery flavor and natural sweetness. The tea leaves are processed in a humid but cool environment that locks in its natural creamy flavor. When you are craving something indulgent but don’t want to add sugar or cream, it makes an excellent dessert tea. Without any added dairy it has a smooth, milky taste.

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2. Darjeeling Oolong

Flavor profile: Rich, fruity, toasty.

Caffeine Level: Medium.

This famous tea is from Darjeeling, India. Cozied up next to the majestic Himalayas, it grows in crisp mountain air. Darjeeling oolong is less astringent than black tea but stronger than most oolongs. There are notes of dried fruit as well as rich, earthy flavors. Then you’ll notice the toasty notes that add warmth. Darjeeling oolong is a sophisticated choice to start your morning off right.

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3. Orange Ginger Oolong

Flavor profile: Spicy, citrus, sweet.

Caffeine Level: Low.

Ginger and orange peel spice up this oolong tea. If you can’t decide between oolong or herbal, why not have both? The ginger will stimulate your senses and invigorate you. The citrus notes are uplifting and bring a sense of calm. The oolong tea base softens the flavors with a sweet and floral finish. Together it all balances perfectly for tea that can be sipped any time of day.

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4. Iron Goddess Of Mercy Oolong

Flavor profile: Fresh and floral.

Caffeine Level: Low.

Also known as Ti Kuan Yin or Tie Guan Yin, a taste of this tea is sure to bring a smile to your face. It’s delicate flavor eases the mind of all worries. This tea is grown in China up in the mountains where the air is fresh. Sweet scents of orchids and honeycomb waft up from the tea as it brews. According to legend, an iron statue of a merciful Bodhisattva came alive and blessed a poor farmer with a magical tea plant. Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong is a must-try tea steeped in culture and history.

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How to Brew The Best Oolong Tea:

  1. Heat water to 200 degrees F. for lighter oolongs like Milk Oolong, and 212 degrees F. for darker oolongs like Darjeeling.
  2. Use 1 teaspoon of loose leaf oolong tea per 8oz. cup.
  3. Put tea leaves in an infuser in a mug or teapot.
  4. Fill mug or teapot with the hot water.
  5. Steep for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on our best oolong teas. Try one or all of them and leave a review on our website!

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