Honyama Oolong is a rare lightly fermented Oolong tea from Honyama, Shizuoka.
Unique Production:A big difference between Oolong tea and green tea is the production method, especially the first stage. Here are the 2 unique processes that differentiate Oolong production from green tea production.
1. Withering and Fermentation
Oolong leaves are stored outside to be withered under the sun. An enzyme in the leaf builds its unique flavor. This first stage to produce Oolong tea is very important because it determines the quality by adjusting withering and fermentation. In some cases the tea grower will scattered the leaves to stimulate this process.
After the first step, the leaves still have a high moisture content. They are heated to stop the activity of oxidation. A large drum is heated to over 200°C and you hear a cracking sound when the leaves are inserted into the drum. The leaves spend only a short time in the drum and the moisture in the leaves keeps them from getting burnt.