If you’re looking to buy a quality wulong tea you may be wondering if you should buy organic oolong tea or conventional oolong tea. Or maybe you’re just wondering what the difference is between the two.
Organic usually means more than avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It also says something about the way the soil is managed and the way the plants are cared for.
There are a few good reasons to buy organic oolong tea. If you buy organic produce because you don’t want the chemical residue on your food you would also want to buy organic tea. Especially since you can’t wash the residue off of the tea leaves.
Organic farming practices have a much smaller environmental footprint and it also creates a healthier environment for the workers. Organic tea farming takes more time and work but this extra care shows Continue reading
Taiwan oolong tea is also known as Formosa oolong tea. Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to visit Taiwan; they were so impressed by the beauty they encountered they called it Isla Formosa, meaning “beautiful island”. The wulong tea grown here continues to be called Formosa oolong.
Even though it wasn’t originally discovered here, Taiwan produces some of the best wulong tea in the world. Part of the reason for this is because of their mature tea culture, but along with that they also have ideal growing conditions for growing and producing oolong tea. Continue reading
The Chinese name for wulong tea translates to “black dragon tea”. It is thought that wulong tea was first discovered or created before the 16th Ming Dynasty, but how it came to be isn’t completely clear.
The best Chinese teas were often cultivated and skillfully produced for the emperors. These teas were called tribute teas, making Chinese tea became a luxury good, not just a medicinal tonic. Continue reading
To get the best cup of fresh brewed tea it’s good to know a few things about brewing tea. Once you know some basics you can adjust a little here and there to get your own perfect cup of wulong tea.
First are you using tea bags or loose leaf tea to brew your tea? Typically for a better cup of tea you will want to use a good quality loose leaf tea. Generic tea bags can sometimes leave you with a dull cup of tea.
Tea bags are usually filled with small, broken pieces of tea leaves. When the tea leaves are broken they start to dry and loose some the the essential oils that give the distinct tea flavor. The tea leaves also need space so they can expand and allow for the water to circulate around the leaves while brewing tea. Continue reading
Wuyi oolong tea is a distinctive, complex wulong tea that comes from the Wuyi Mountains located in the northwest part of the Fujian province of China. Wuyi oolong tea sprouts and grows in the gaps of the rock in the Wuyi Mountains making the cultivation of these plants both difficult but also spectacular. Wuyi Mountain is a large volcanic mountain that contains a variety of vertical cliffs, gorges and cave systems. Continue reading
Wulong tea is a traditional Chinese tea that’s more commonly known as Chinese oolong tea. This tea comes from the same plant, camellia sinesis, as black, green and white tea, the difference between them is the way they are processed and the degree of oxidation or fermentation.
Wulong teas are more complicated to process than other teas as they require more steps over a longer period of time. The process naturally allows more personalization by the tea master which results in an wide variety of wu long teas for a tea lover to choose from.
Chinese oolong tea is semi-oxidized ranging somewhere between green tea and black tea in oxidation — green teas are un-oxidized while black teas are fully oxidized. This variety of tea can range between Continue reading