Oolong Teas (also spelt Wu Long or Wulong) aresemi-fermented and classified between green (unfermented) and black tea (fully fermented).
Oolong tea is a speciality of China. Fu-Jian Province of south-east China is the birthplace of all Chinese Oolong teas. (Also the place where Valley Green Tea founder En Jie grew up.) It is still is the predominant heartland of Oolong tea production today producing many big name teas such as Tie Guan Yin and Da Hong Pao.
Wu-Yi Oolong tea is a sub-class of Chinese Oolong teas, produced in the Wu-Yi mountain area of Fu-Jian province. 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 creek irrigation to produce a unique 'Yan Yin' - 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 plants grow slower in the cool 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 ranked Chinese 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