Formosa White Tip Bai Hao Oolong is considered the finest in the world, both delicate and flourishing, rich and light. This tea dates back to the late 1800s and has gone by many names over the years including Oriental Beauty, White Tip Oolong, Fancy Formosa Oolong and Champagne Oolong. At one time it was the most expensive tea in the world as demand from Europeans and Americans pushed the price up to incredible levels.
This tea is extremely forgiving and easy to make. Use boiling hot water, pouring directly over the leaves. Some people like to add lemon or honey. It also makes an excellent ice tea brew a strong batch and pour directly over ice and serve. This tea as a high quality everyday tea. It goes well with most foods and is good with cakes, scones and the like. Steep 1 tsp. per 1 cup. Like other fine oolong teas, it may be infused a number of times, with each infusion revealing a new nuance of this tea’s complex flavor.
Numerous scientific studies published within the last couple of years showed that Wu-Long ( Oolong) tea helps melt away body fat; boost energy; and clarify skin, giving your face a clear, radiant glow.
A study published in the Journal of Medical Investigation, scientists from Japan’s University of Tokushima School of Medicine found that people who regularly consumed this tea experienced over twice the calorie-burning results of those who drank the same amount of green tea.
In one 2004 study by Dr. Kenichi Yanagimoto and colleagues from the University of California found that people who drank Wu-Long daily experienced a remarkable 50 percent reduction in free radicals within just 15 days.
A study from Japan’s Osaka University shows the regular consumption of Wu-Long strengthens teeth and helps prevent tooth decay by significantly inhibiting plaque deposition.
The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 131, 2001…
“It is clear that consumption of oolong tea stimulates both energy expenditure [thereby burning calories] and fat oxidation [also helpful] in normal weight men. This raises the possibility that tea consumption could have some beneficial effect on the individual’s ability to maintain a lower body fat content. However, any beneficial effect would only be realized if the effect was sustained on [substantial] consumption of tea and the individual did not compensate with greater food intake in response to tea consumption. Emphasis added.”