|Wulong Cha, the original name given to oolong tea has been highly prized in
China for centuries (China’s oolong teas also go by Blue Teas, and Ching Cha).
Wulong translates to Dark or Black Dragon, once the title given to the large,
bulky tea leaves from the Wuyi Shan region of China located in Fujian Province.
|Wuyi Shan is the original
home of Chinese oolongs.
Each of the famous teas are named after the
subspecies of bush from which the leaf is
plucked, and unlike green teas that begin
production in early March, oolong teas start
in May, giving the larger leaves time for
sufficient growth.The Wuyi Shan in northwestern Fujian is a
rocky area with winding rivers, lush vegeta-
tion and steep roads hugging the mountain-
side. Found high atop the rocky limestone
peaks and sheer cliffs are “rock” or “cliff”
teas, named so because of the thin layer of
rocky soil in which they grow. Heavily shaded
atop the peaks by clouds and mist, the tea
|bushes grow with only a few hours of sunlight each day.
Although the conditions are harsh, the rock teas thrive, growing amid rocks
Together with clean, healthy air, and crisp, cool, pure mountain water, Wuyi
The Wuyi Shan region has gone untouched for
The rock teas grown within the Wuyi Shan
Oolong teas are partially oxidized, anywhere
The lighter, less oxidized oolongs are more contemporary in style
Fujian Province is divided into a northern and southern region.
These Si Da Ming Cong oolong teas are made from the four most famous Camellia sinen-
Bai Ji Guan (White Cockscomb)
From southern Fujian Province or Min Nan, comes Anxi Se Zhong and
Se Zhong refers to teas which are blended using the leaves of various types of local tea
Tou Tian Xiang (or Imperial Gold) is a ball-shaped, rolled
Some other Se Zhong oolongs are: Huang Jing Gui (or
|Anxi Tieguanyin is one of China’s most famous teas and a perfect example of what a Chinese
oolong should be. Tieguanyin is made from tea bush cultivars that are local to Anxi. There are
three main styles of Tieguanyin oolong:
1. Clear and fragrant Tieguanyin – fired at a lower temperature for less time, resulting in a mild
2. Traditional Tieguanyin – darker, richer, and toasty with what the Chinese call gan – sweetness,
3. Wild Tieguanyin – plucked from wild tea plants growing on rocky hillsides in and near the village
Guandong Province, the modern day name for Canton, is home to Fenghuang Dan Cong
It’s a refreshingly sweet and complex oolong, with tiny white Yulan blossoms sometimes used to
Aromatic and sweet, it’s refreshing, revitalizing, and an uplifting tea that stimulates the mind and body.
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