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2 Oolong Tea Pairing Tips for Beginner

2 Oolong Tea Pairing Tips for Beginner

Do you find oolong tea too complicated?

We explored tea pairing of green tea & black tea – but now, we want to guide you on how to perfectly pair oolong tea!

Remember, an important key in tea pairing is that they should complement, and not override each other. 

Oolong tea has beautifully complex notes, which make it perfect for pairing with a diverse range of foods. If you are at a buffet, and have a wide variety of foods to taste and sample, oolong would be your best bet.

 

1. Lighter Oolong Tea

Lighter and greener oolongs are fragrant, slightly sweet and floral-aromatic. It is lightly oxidized and smooth in texture so they tend to go well with lobster, scallop and other sweet-rich foods.

For something a little more adventurous, pair with light salty/savory snacks! The sweet and salty contrast will be such a delight.

e.g. Jade Tie Guan Yin, Dong Ding Oolong

2. Darker Oolong Tea

Darker oolong teas are more prominent in flavor and robust in taste so it will compliment stronger foods like grilled dishes and smoked meats. Notable examples are such as duck meat, smoked salmon and ham.

Dark oolongs can also be paired with sweet maple desserts.

e.g. Ai Jiao OolongTraditionally Roasted Tie Guan Yin

There are various types of oolong, but generally, it will be quite smoky and complex and therefore pair well with smoked meats, herby meals and fruity desserts. Hope these tips help you to serve the right teas to your dinner guests confidently!

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Now we want to guide you on how to perfectly pair black tea!

Remember, an important key in tea pairing is that they should complement, and not override each other. 

Black tea is full bodied and has an extremely robust flavour due to its high tannin content, thus it should be paired with full flavoured dishes to prevent overriding.

1. Smoky Black Tea

Smoky teas can have varying degrees of smokiness. The teas are usually dried and smoked over smouldering pine boughs, which allows varying amount of smoke to permeate the tea leaves. As the taste is quite intense, it should be paired with dark meats, grilled red meats, blue cheese and dark chocolate.

e.g. Lapsang Souchong

2. Earthy Black Tea

Earthy teas with an earthy flavour and crispy feel is a good base for flavoured teas. This tea usually grows in areas with high amounts of rainfall. Such teas will enhance the flavour of earthy foods such as hearty stews, gravies and vegetables.

e.g. Chava Chai & Keemun Tea

3. Fruity Black Tea

There is a great variety of fruity tea. It can be paired with different types of food. Regardless, fruity teas are amazing when paired with sweet desserts. Its richness perfectly complements sweet, rich and creamy desserts, such as a decadent and luscious chocolate cake. 

e.g. Elegant Earl Grey & Lotus Blossom Tea

There is much that you can pair black teas with. Hope these tips help you to serve the right teas to your dinner guests confidently!

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Do you love green teas but find the world of tea overwhelming?

Are you confused with mysterious tea names like Ai Jiao Oolong and Kukicha?

Wellness goes hand-in-hand with teas, yet many marketing attempts have made tea drinking complicated that it can become intimidating to enjoy it.

In the same way different wines complement different meals, the wide variety of teas can be used for the same. The right green tea will bring out the flavours of your meal and take your sensory experience to a whole different level.

An important key in tea pairing is that they should complement, and not override each other. Stronger full-bodied teas should go with stronger flavoured food, and vice versa.

Read: Green Tea 101

1. Smoky Green Tea

Smoky teas have stronger flavour profiles and pair well with stir fried dishes such as vegetables and white meats (chicken and turkey). As compared to black teas, because it has a lighter note, it is an enjoyable and pleasant tea to wrap up an Asian meal. Remember to avoid the sweets!

e.g. Kenzen Roasted Kukicha and Choju Hojicha.

2. Vegetal Green Tea

Basic Japanese green teas with a fresh and vegetative flavour goes well with sushi and cold seafood platter.

e.g. Soothing SenchaImperial Pi Luo Chun and Geisha Genmaicha

3. Fruity Green Tea

Fruity teas are great when paired with breads, fruit salads, sandwiches and pastries. Try crafting these fruity teas into refreshing iced concoctions to drink alongside your meals!  

e.g. Peach Green Sencha and Citrus Green Sencha

As a general guideline, green tea has a subtle and slightly grassy flavour profile, so it is best paired together with mild flavoured foods, such as salads, rice, fish, seafood and chicken.

 

Hope these tips help you to serve the right teas to your dinner guests confidently! Read Black Tea Pairing Tips for more tips.

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