Six types of oolong tea products from four different regions were investigated. Their volatile components were obtained by Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) method and analyzed by GC – MS. Results showed that hexanal (ranged from 1.08-1.52%), 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one (0.55-4.30%), (Z)-linalool oxide (5.44-17.95%), (E)-linalool oxide (4.86-12.13%), linalool (1.23-8.26%), epoxylinalool (0.80-1.16%) and methyl salicylate (0.70-2.51%) could be identified as the major compounds of all six tea products. These products were also classified into 3 groups based on their volatile compositions by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) method. The consumer preference analysis (n = 84) showed a significant difference in odor preference levels of these products.
Oolong tea, Solid Phase Microextraction, volatile component, Principal Component Analysis, consumer preference
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