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The following are the general steps of producing Oolong tea. The actual steps can vary for different seasons, locations, and techniques.
Oolong tea leaves ready for harvest

1. Fresh tea Leaves ready to be harvested

Oolong tea is harvested 3 times a year in the winter, spring, and fall. The best tea is harvested in the winter and spring. This is because the temperatures are cooler in the winter and spring. At theFormosa.com, we only sell tea harvested in the winter and spring.

Hand plucking Oolong tea

2. Hand pick Oolong tea

High quality Oolong tea is hand picked. Hand picking Oolong tea ensures the integrity of the tea leaves. The best hand picked Oolong tea has a bud and 1 or 2 leaves.

Sun dry Oolong tea

3. Sun dry Oolong tea

After the leaves are hand picked, they are laid under the sun to remove moisture. The process lasts several hours depending on how strong the sun light is.

Cool down Oolong tea

4. Cool down Oolong tea

After sun drying the leaves, the leaves are brought indoors to cool down.

Shake and toss Oolong

5. Toss and shake to soften edges

After the leaves are dried and cooled, they are tossed and shaken to soften the edges. This step will accelerate the oxidation process.

Oxidation process

6. Oxidize leaves in air conditioned environment

The leaves are spread thinly in an air conditioned environment for oxidation. This is usually an over night process.

wrap Oolong for tumbling

7. Wrap leaves

After oxidation has completed, wrap the leaves tightly into a ball to be curled.

tumble Oolong

8. Curl leaves

The curling process shapes the leaves and exposes the flavor.

break Oolong

9. Break up leaves

After curling, break up the leaves that are stuck together from the curling process.

heat dry Oolong

10. Heat dry leaves

Heat dry the leaves in an oven to stop further oxidation.

package Oolong

11. Final product ready for packaging

In the end, the tea leaves are individual dry loose balls.


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