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

Wuyi Oolong Tea

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 Weight Loss

Wulong tea has received a lot of attention for its potential to help with weight loss. Anyone who has ever tried to loose weight will likely agree that any safe weight loss aid would be welcomed into their routine. But does this idea of wulong tea weight loss have any merit?

The other tea that is often marketed as a weight loss tea is green tea. Remember that all true teas — black, wulong, green and white — come from the tea plant Camellia sinensis. The main difference between these teas is the way they are processed. Black tea is fully oxidized while green tea is unoxidized. Wulong tea is partially oxidized so it falls in a range between black and green tea. Continue reading