Sunday, July 15, 2007

Oolong tea

Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea which is regading oxidation somewhere between green and black tea. That is why some call it Brown tea.
The word Oolong means „black dragon“ in Chinese. As to the article by Fergus Ray-Murry, available at, several legends describe why this tea got its name. In one legend, the owner of a tea plantation was scared away from his drying tea leaves by the appearance of a black serpent; when he cautiously returned several days later, the leaves had been oxidized by the sun and gave a delightful brew. Another tale tells of a man named Wu Liang (later changed to Wu Long, or Oolong) who discovered oolong tea by accident when he was distracted by a deer after a hard day's tea-picking, and by the time he remembered about the tea it had already started to oxidize. Others say that the tea is called "oolong" because the leaves look like little black dragons that wake when hot water is poured on them.
Oolong tea leaves are often processed and rolled into long curly leaves or into ball-like form.
The best Oolong teas are those from Fujian Province and in the Central Mountains of Taiwan.
Out of really many different Oolong teas from Fujian Province let's mentioned just three: Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe), Si Da Ming Cong (The Four Great Firs) and Tien Guan Yin or Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess). The best Taiwanese oolong teas are Dog Fang Mei Ren (Oriental Beauty), Alishan etc.

1 comment:

Clecia said...

Hi, Mislav! I read the last posts. They�re very good. Nowadays Green tea is my favorite tea. I discovered your benefits. But I didn�t get to know how is "Oolong tea". :) Congratulations for the blog.