Oolong tea is a speciality of China. They are semi-fermented and classified between green (unfermented) and black tea (fully fermented).
The Fu-Jian Province of south-east China is the birthplace of all Oolong teas. (Also the place where Valley Green Tea founder En Jie grew up.) It is still is the predominant heartland of the Oolong tea production today producing many big names such as Tie Guan Yin and Da Hong Pao.
Like all other premium loose teas, the most crucial aspect of buying a Oolong tea is the quality. You can have both high and low quality under the same product name. Trying before purchase is therefore the way to go, by free samples or buying small packages.
Buy Wu-Yi Oolong tea
Wu-Yi is a region in the Fu-Jian Province of China and Wu-Yi Oolong tea is a sub-class of Chinese Oolong teas, produced in the Wu-Yi mountain area. Wu-Yi Oolong teas are also known as Wu-Yi Rock tea. The premium tea bushes are wild grown on the rocky mountains with natural rain fall and creek as irrigation to produce a unique 'Yan Yin' (岩韵) - a clean and dry but refreshing elegant aroma.
Taiwan High Mountain Oolong (Dong-Ding Oolong) is a special class of Oolong tea produced in Taiwan’s high mountains, typically named after the mountains where they are produced (eg Mt Ali or Mt Yu) and priced based on the altitudes of the mountains.
Dong-Ding translates into icy peaks in English. The higher the mountains are, the lower the temperature is and the better quality the teas are, as the tea plants grow slower in the cooler conditions and have more time to store up the nutrients and flavour.
In comparison to its mainland cousin Fu Jian Tie Guan Yin, their leaves are bigger, stronger and fuller, with a distinctive bold, refreshing and long-lasting aftertaste.
Like other categories of Chinese teas, there are many members in this family. We currently offer some of the top quality Tiawan Oolong teas.
For more information regarding Oolong teas’ production, varieties and health benefits, please visit our Oolong tea information page: http://www.valleygreentea.com.au/oolong-wulong-tea/oolong-tea-inf.html