Discover the Perfect Oolong Tea Recipe

Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea known for its unique flavor and numerous health benefits. It falls somewhere between green and black tea, both in terms of oxidation and flavor. Making a perfect cup of Oolong tea is an art that combines the right tea leaves, water temperature, and brewing time. In this blog post, I’ll guide you through the process of brewing the perfect cup of Oolong tea.


  • Loose-leaf Oolong tea (about one teaspoon per cup)
  • Fresh, filtered water
  • Optional: honey or sweetener, lemon slices, or fresh mint


  • Tea kettle
  • Teapot or infuser
  • Tea cup

Steps to Brew Oolong Tea:

Begin by boiling fresh, filtered water. Oolong tea is best brewed with water that is just below boiling, ideally between 185°F to 205°F (85°C to 96°C). If you don’t have a thermometer, bring the water to a boil and then let it cool for about 1-2 minutes.

Next, pre-warm your teapot. Pour a small amount of hot water into your teapot or infuser, swirl it around, and then discard the water. This step ensures that the temperature remains consistent during brewing.

Measure about one teaspoon of loose-leaf Oolong tea for every eight ounces of water. If you prefer a stronger brew, you can use up to one and a half teaspoons.

Place the tea leaves in your teapot or infuser. If you’re using an infuser, ensure it gives enough space for the tea leaves to expand fully.

Pour the hot water over the tea leaves, making sure they are fully submerged. Cover your teapot or infuser and let the tea steep. Oolong tea typically requires a steeping time of three to five minutes. If you prefer a lighter flavor, steep for three minutes; for a stronger, more robust taste, steep for up to five minutes. Avoid over-steeping as it can make the tea bitter.

Once the tea has steeped to your desired strength, pour it into your tea cup. If you used a teapot without an infuser, you might want to strain the tea to remove the leaves.

You can enjoy your Oolong tea as is, or you can enhance its flavor with a touch of honey or a slice of lemon. Fresh mint leaves can also add a refreshing twist.

Take a moment to savor the rich, complex flavors of your perfectly brewed Oolong tea. Enjoy it hot or let it cool and pour it over ice for a refreshing iced tea.

Tips for Brewing the Best Oolong Tea:

  • Quality Leaves: Invest in high-quality Oolong tea leaves for the best flavor.
  • Multiple Infusions: Oolong tea leaves can be steeped multiple times. With each infusion, the flavor profile changes, offering a new experience. Typically, you can get three to five infusions from the same leaves.
  • Experiment with Time and Temperature: Everyone’s taste preferences are different. Experiment with different steeping times and water temperatures to find your perfect cup of Oolong tea.

Oolong tea is not just a beverage; it’s an experience that can be customized to your personal taste. Whether you enjoy it plain or with added flavors, brewing Oolong tea can become a delightful ritual in your daily routine. Happy brewing!