Formosa Oolong Tea

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

Wulong Tea History

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