The health effects obtained from the Oolong tea variety known as Bai Hao are quite similar to those of the other teas that come from the camellia sinensis plant, which is where all true teas come from. This particular variety is said to be one of the most prized oolong teas that come from the island of Taiwan.
This particular tea goes by many other nicknames. Among its other names include “Fancy Formosa Silver Tip”, “Imperial Formosa Tea”, and “Five Color Tea”. It also has the nickname “Oriental Beauty” and this was said to have been given to it by Queen Elizabeth II when she tasted the tea for the very first time.
This variant of oolong tea comes from the Xinzhu County in Taiwan. Bai Hao oolong tea leaves are typically plucked during the early summer months. It is picked about 1 month later than other oolongs in the region. Once picked, these undergo higher degrees of oxidation that most other oolong teas.
The leaves of this tea have a darker shade although one can make out subdued tones of multi-hued colors hidden within the darker shade. It normally has white colored tips.
This kind of Oolong tea has a flavor that contains notes of peach, orange, nuts and honey with distinctly floral undertones. Due to this unique flavor, many drinkers often mistake this as being artificially-flavored. But these flavors naturally come with the tea and are typically retained in the palate hours after the tea has been taken.
To enjoy the tea, fill a teapot with about a handful of dried bai hao oolong tea leaves. Steep in boiling water, then let it stand for about 5 to 7 minutes. Strain the leaves before drinking.
Below are a few health benefits derived from this tea:
- Could aid in enhancing and strengthening the immune system.
- May help reduce the risk for developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
- May help lower the risk for the development of cancer and tumors.
- May help increase energy levels.
- Said to facilitate good metabolism.
- Believed to aid in strengthening the bones.
- Thought to assist in strengthening teeth.
- Can help decrease the risk for diseases linked to inflammation.
- May help combat damage associated with aging.
- May help in the overall efforts to fight diabetes.