This tea is  semi- oxidized  tea and goes through the same process as black tea .

It is lighter and less astringent  than most black tea and can have a varied aroma that is sweet and fruity or woodsy and rich with hints of honey .

Darjeeling oolong tea is made from carefully  plucked leaves where generally two leaves and a bud are picked. The leaves and young buds are sometimes withered naturally in sun and air. The withered leaves are then hand-rolled and pan-fried.