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Okuma Nutritionals Wu-Long Slimming Tea Review
A Decent But Not Great Tasting Oolong Tea That Might Help in Weight Loss
Summary : The Wu-Long Tea from Okuma Nutritionals is marketed as a weight loss product. Once brewed, the tea tastes good, without any bitterness or unwanted aftertastes. However, I also found the tea had a slight unpleasant odor to it once brewed, making the tea less than enjoyable to drink for me. That said, if you are in search of a 100% natural weight loss product (meaning, no "mystery chemicals or additives" have been added to the tea), the Slimming Tea from Okuma Nutritionals is certainly worth a try.
Review : There are many different types of Oolong Teas available, many of which I've sampled and reviewed for this website. But one type of Oolong Tea I've never tried before is Wu-Long Oolong tea.
As such, when I was offered a free sample of the Wu-Long Oolong Tea by Okuma Nutritionals to review, I looked forward to giving this tea a try - even though I don't need to lose weight.
Here is the description provided for the Wu-Long Slimming Tea : "The best quality you can buy. 400-Year-Old Chinese "Secret" Tea naturally boosts your metabolism and burns calories. Drink Away Unwanted Fat with Okuma's Wu-Long Slimming Tea, the World's #1 Fat-Burning Diet Tea. If you've ever wanted a convenient way to boost your metabolism, automatically burn more calories, and start shedding fat up to 43% faster than green tea, then look no further than Okuma's authentic Wu-Long Tea, the premium, medicinal grade Fat-Burning Diet Tea."
More information from the box: Burns 2 Times More Calories Than Green Tea; Reduce the Fattening Effects of Carbs; Increase Energy Levels; Rev Up Your Metabolism.
The tea contains 100% Wu-Long Oolong Tea. There is nothing additional added to the tea.
The description also contains a legal disclaimer : "Most users who use Okuma Tea, coupled with the recommended USDA diet, regular exercise, and advisement from a physician, experience weight loss of 1 to 2% of body weight per week, though additional factors, such as age, sex, and heredity can affect these results. Consult your physician before starting this or any weight loss program."
Last but not least, specific instructions on how to use the tea are also provided : "Drink 1 cup of Wu-Long Tea 15 minutes before breakfast and lunch."
Note the emphasis on "before." I suspect, but am not 100% sure, that when you drink this tea is important if you will be using this tea for weight loss.
OK...with all that out of the way, let's move on to what is really important, what the tea is like to drink!
The sample I received from Okuma Nutritionals was one of their "one month supply" boxes of their slimming tea - which contains 60 tea bags (to be used twice a day). As it turns out, it was a very good thing that I was provided so much tea - as I twice screwed up the brewing before finally getting it right!
Straight out of the foil bag, the tea has a moderately strong fragrance and its aroma was similar but not identical to other Oolong teas I've tried before.
The color of the tea, once brewed, is light brown in color - just like other Oolong teas I've tried before.
As for the taste of the tea, I found the taste was smooth, lacked bitterness, and overall was decent. In terms of pure taste, I thought the taste definitely didn't compare in the "wow" factor to most loose-leaf Oolong teas I've tried before. But that said, I also didn't find the tea tasted badly, either. Perhaps the best way to describe it is that the flavor of the tea was average - being neither good nor bad.
The one characteristic of the tea I did dislike, however, was the very slight unpleasant odor of the tea. I really don't know how to describe the odor...so I won't try. Instead, I'll just say that the tea, once brewed, as a slight odor to it that I simply disliked. The odor is neither strong nor repulsive. But the teas fragrance certainly doesn't compare to a good jasmine tea or peppermint tea, either!
One final note. If you plan to drink this tea, brewing it properly is very important. On my first attempt at brewing the tea, the water I used was simply too hot (just below boiling). This really made the unpleasant odor much stronger - basically the odor had a "burnt leaf" fragrance. On my second attempt, I lost track of time and let the tea steep for far too long (over eight minutes, I suspect). This, not surprisingly, resulted in a rather bitter brew, just as would happen if you overbrewed any other Oolong or Black Tea. Thus, when brewing this tea, do it right or you definitely won't like the results!
So is the slight unpleasant odor of the tea unique to this Wu-Long Slimming Tea or is it found in other Wu-Long Oolong teas? I honestly don't know, since while I've tried many Oolong Teas that I've reviewed for this website, I've never tried a pure Wu-Long Oolong tea before. Thus, I can't compare Okuma's Slimming Wu-Long tea to anything else in terms of taste or odor since I've never had any other pure Wu-Long Oolong teas before. Does this make sense?
Remember, there are many different types of Oolong Teas, each of which are grown and processed differently - thus leading to very different tastes among the different types of Oolong teas. In short, Wu-Long Oolong tea grown in China is not the same as a Ting Tung Oolong tea that is grown in Taiwan - thus making pure taste comparisons difficult.
Overall, if you are seeking a 100% natural weight loss product and enjoy drinking tea, then the Slimming Tea from Okuma Nutritionals is worth a try. But for a day to day "enjoyment" tea - where you aren't seeking to lose weight - I'd suggest trying another Oolong tea instead.
Recommendation : Maybe. It really depends on what you will be using this tea for. For a day to day enjoyment tea (forgetting about the health benefits for the moment), I found the tea tasted good, but there are definitely better Oolong Teas available when it comes to drinking Oolong teas for pure enjoyment. In particular, what I didn't like about this tea was the slight unpleasant odor of the tea. The taste of the Slimming Tea was smooth with no bitterness. There was also no unpleasant aftertaste, and indeed there was barely any aftertaste at all. But that all said, I did find the slight odor of the tea once brewed rather unpleasant.
Thus, for a pure enjoyment tea, this tea definitely does not rank among my favorites (which is why I gave it three stars).
Of course, the Slimming Tea from Okuma Nutritionals is meant to be a weight loss product. Since I've drank a number of other "liquids" in the past that have been marketed as weight loss products, I can say the Slimming Tea ranks highly among them - and totally blows away any diet soda you'll ever have.
Additionally, drinking this Wu-Long slimming tea is definitely not painful. I was able to finish my cup of tea without problems or regrets. In short, unlike many other diet products (say...Diet Coke or, worse, Diet Pepsi), this tea was an easy and reasonably pleasant drink.
Anyways, to try to sum things up succinctly I'll say this. If you are looking for a natural weight loss product and enjoy drinking tea, this tea is certainly worth a try as it is quite inexpensive compared to other diet products.
Equally important, since this Wu-Long slimming tea consists of just 100% Oolong tea leaves with no other additives or "mystery chemicals" thrown in, there should be no worries about unexpected or unwanted side-effects (no small consideration among the myriad of diet products available, many of which have are later proved to have negative and unexpected health effects).
But for a general "enjoyment Oolong tea," I'd suggest finding another Oolong Tea instead.
Disclaimer - Okuma Nutritionals provided this tea for me to review for free. There was "no strings" attached to what I would say about the tea, however.
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