Types of Wu-Long Tea

Formosa oolong which is considered the finest variety of wu long (oolong) tea. The has a peach-like bouquet with an amber colour liquor. It is grown in Taiwan.

Other Types of Wu-Long Tea

  • Ti Kuan Yin – Delicate flavor and aroma, described as peachlike and nutty
  • Tieguanyin – Smooth and naturally sweet to the taste
  • Shuixian – A bit spicier and darker righer flavor
  • Da Hong Poa – Delicate , floral and light tasting
  • Fenghuang Dancong – Sweet and flowery
  • Darjeeling – A version of traditional Black tea which is semi-fermented

The difference in the price between wu long tea varieties has to do with the complexity of taste resulting from the varying degrees of fermentation or the “firing process” – much like the aging and fermentation of fine wines.

Each particular batch of wu long tea will be graded on taste, color of the leafs, fragrance, and color of the liquid… all playing a combined role in determining uniqueness and price. Some can be very expensive. However, you needn’t spend a fortune to enjoy really good wu long tea, many good varieties are priced around 10.00 per 2oz. (yields about 28-30 servings).

Just as you can find a half-way decent merlot for $12.00 a bottle, wu long tea can be purchased just as well. We include links to some very good online tea stores, which is the way to buy wu long tea (avoid the grocerey store!).


Taiwanese Oolong

Taiwan is known for producing some of the most flavorful and flowery wu-long teas. The high altitude and ocean air combine to create optimal growing conditions for oolong teas.

1990 Aged Alishan Oolong

1990 Aged Alishan OolongFor those that want the best and the oldest, this roasted oolong is classic. It can be steeped up to 10 times and still delivers flavor. This tea presents a full sweet taste and a lingering tingly aftertaste. The dark black leaves give off an intoxicating aroma. Circa 1990 tea.Remarks: “Recommended – a bit pricy but worth it if you are an experienced wu-long tea drinker you’ll savor the complexities in flavor.”

 

 


Alishan Spring High MountainAlishan Spring High Mountain

This amazing an coveted Formosa tea is totally hand done and consists of the best full, ripe and tender leaves. It has the subtle sweetness and creamy aftertaste that is so desired by oolong fans. Spring 2006. 2006 Alishan Spring High Mountain

 


Lishan High Mountain Spring OolongLishan High Mountain Spring Oolong

A real sweet and creamy taste that the best Taiwan oolongs have. This tea can be steeped a few times and the leaves and buds are really something to look at when wet. A smooth in the throat feeling emerges when the light green tea is enjoyed.

 

 


Spring Buds Green Jade OolongSpring Buds Green Jade Oolong

This spring crop is greener and less oxidized than the Winter crop of this Four Season oolong. It has a really spicy and sweet taste and will be a great morning tea. Small leaves tightly rolled deep green color are this tea’s distinguishing traits. Remarks:“If you are looking for a spicy fresh tasting Formosa tea, I recommend this one – great hot or iced. Usually about $12.00 2oz. “

 


2006 Winter Buds Green Jade Oolong

2006 Winter Buds Green Jade Oolong

The cooler weather yields a sweet and balanced brew that leaves its lasting, lightly roasted taste. CCOA certified organic.

 

 


Flowery Golden Buds OolongFlowery Golden Buds Oolong

Taiwan is known for producing some of the most flavorful and flowery wu-long teas. The high altitude and ocean air combine to create optimal growing conditions for oolong teas.

 


Formosa Golden Buds OolongFormosa Golden Buds Oolong

This favorite is the sister of the “Jade Green”. The Golden Buds has a more full bodied oolong taste with a hint of spice.

 

 


Formosa Green Jade OolongFormosa Green Jade Oolong

If you like a naturally smooth and sweet taste (along with a fresh aftertaste) consider this tea. This is a classic green oolong with mild oxidation and a lot of sweetness. A very good tea made from single leaves and tightly rolled. Typically inexpensive and a good value.

 


Golden Amber OolongGolden Amber Oolong

These leaves are fine and well processed to a perfect rich aroma. Not as flowery as the greener oolongs, this tea leaves a satisfying aftertaste.

 

 


Oriental Beauty OolongOriental Beauty Oolong

This is a unique wu long grown on Er Mei Mountain, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan at about 2500 feet. It is a special production tea which is quite limited. This white-haired tea is 60% oxidized which delivers its honey-like flavour. Queen Elizabeth II called this tea an ‘Oriental Beauty’ when she first tasted it.