Loose Leaf Chinese Oolong Tea - Golden Ocean Chinese Tea

Loose Leaf Chinese Oolong Tea

Tea production in Fujian province is concentrated in two regions: the Wuyi Mountains and Anxi County (Pheonix Mountains). Both are major historical centers of oolong tea production in China. Oolong tea developed in Fujian province, historically it can be traced back 1,000 years to an traditional form of tribute tea made for the Emperor and Royal Family called Beiyuan tea – compressed cakes of “wax tea” or lacha. Beiyuan tea was the earliest known tribute tea produced during the Song Dynasty (960–1279AD) however its origins date back to the earlier Tang Dynasty (618-907AD). There are a few versions of how Wulong tea received its name. The most likely naming origin was that the dragon, in Chinese mythology, is closely associated with the phoenix thus a new tea for the Royal Family would also need an esteemed name thus dragon (Long). It has been said that the oolong tea is dark, long and curly. Wu is a word that denotes the color black thus the tea being called Black Dragon Tea (Wulong – oolong). The reality may never be known. Oolong tea is a semi-oxidized type of tea that fills the gap between green tea (non-oxidized) and black tea (fully oxidized). Oxidation levels of oolong tea range from roughly 10% (very green) to 70% (heavily oxidized). Oolong teas are generally considered to be the most complex type of tea, combining qualities of both green tea and black teas, creating a very different experience. While the finest green tea and black teas are made from young, tender buds and one or two leaves, oolong teas undergo more mechanical stress during processing and more mature leaves are often used (3 or 4 leaves and a bud). The processing of oolong tea consists of 5 main steps: Withering & bruising – First Firing (Roasting) – Rolling – Second Firing (Drying) – Sorting & Grading.

Wuyi Da Hong Pao (Wuyi Big Red Robe), Anxi Tie Guan Yin (Anxi Iron Goddess), Dong Ding Wu Long (Frozen Peak Oolong), Feng Huang Dan Cong (Pheonix Single Bush), Shui Jin Gui (Golden Water Turtle), Tieluohan (Iron Arhat), Bai Jiguan (White Cockscomb), Shui Xian (Narcissus), Huangjin Gui (Golden Cassia), Huang Meigui (Yellow Rose), Bao Zhong Cha (Wrapped Packet).

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