How to buy Wu-Long tea

Buy Wu-Long Online

Why buy Wu Long tea online? When you buy Wu Long tea (or any tea) at the grocery store you are uh… well… getting the bottom of the barrel quality wise. It’s sort of like drinking instant coffee instead of fresh ground – real coffee drinkers know the difference.

GENERATION TEA allows small purchases of most of its teas – starting at 2oz. For about $8.00 you can purchase 2oz of this wu long tea – ORGANIC TIEGUANYIN  – which yields 28 antioxidant filled – calorie burning servings. This is a smart and inexpensive way to try out some really “unique” teas. The active ingredients in the many types Wu long teas are pretty consistent – so you’ll get the same antioxidant – calorie burning benefits – no matter which ones you try.  Remember teas claiming to be “wu-long” at the grocery stores have much of the potency oxidized out ( fresh leaf tea is about 35% stronger in antioxidants than grocery variety). Experimenting with the many Wu long varieties is one of the joys of the tea drinking experience! Fresh delivered is BEST!

The funny thing is most people never get a chance to really experience a full leaf gourmet tea so they never know what they are missing!

Believe me, there is a world of difference and once you try a great Wu Long or Green tea from a reputable dedicated online tea store, you’ll see what we mean. There is no comparing the taste, and intoxicating aroma of the finest Wu Long teas.

If you are new to Tea buying we suggest you stay away from the grocery store because the selection is usually very poor, the quality low and the price way too expensive to be considered a “value”.

For example, dry black tea at the grocery store has about 3%-10% catechins (antioxidant) whereas ‘full leaf teas’ usually bought online are much more robust containing 30%-42% catechins.

“Depending on how much tea you use per cup, you can expect a pound of dry tea leaves to yield 150 – 200 cups of tea, and two ounces to yield 20 – 28 cups.”

We have listed our favourite websites to browse for all types of teas, especially Wu-Long. These companies have been in business for a long time and have the best quality teas and service on the internet. It’s important to choose companies with the best reputations because there are more and more imitation type tea products available today in stores and online. We will review only what we feel are the best quality companies that offer truly unique teas.

Generation Tea – best buy online

Generation Tea – has some of the best selection of quality Wu-Long teas you will find online. prices range from 8.00 to 45.00 per 2-oz. pack. We were impressed with amazing selection and knowledge regarding the subtleties of each Wu-long tea.

The President – Michael Sanft – is a longtime practitioner of Taijiquan and Qigong, and student of herbology. They truly have a passion for the integration of tea as a means of healing the body naturally.

They typically package their teas in attractive, flexible 2 oz and 4 oz sizes. Take a look below…

1988 Aged Oolong

This classic rare tea is so smooth and leaves an amazing aftertaste. This is the sign of a superior tea. A great addition to your tea shelf. The leaves can be steeped four times with good flavour – a little pricey at $45.00 per 2oz.- definitely for special occasions!.

1999 Aged Oolong

This tea is similar in taste to a dark Formosa Tieguanyin with a deeper roast. This tea is quite smooth and full tasting with a mellow aftertaste. The leaves are dark coloured as is the resulting brew. Because the leaves are high grade, this tea can be steeped four or five times, each producing a signature cup. This is a must for the person looking for something a little different

Mitaoxiang Fenghuang Dancong (Dragon Phoenix)

Fenghuang Dancong – Grown in Guangdong province, this tea has a fine flowery taste that really lingers in the mouth. It almost tastes like plums…it is amazing. It is made up of very nice strips of the elongated leaves of this variety of oolong.

Organic Tieguanyin

This tea is a truly NOP certified Organic Tieguanyin. It is easy to get “intoxicated” from the sublime floral aromas. These teas can compete with some of the best Taiwanese oolongs, but with a distinctly spicy mainland China bouquet. They can be infused 4-8 times gongfu style. This is the best way to taste the subtle notes of this thick leaved oolong. Try one or all of them, you won’t be sorry. Grown in Zhejiang Province. – …A good inexpensive choice at $8.00 per 2oz.

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 richer 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, the color of the leaves, 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 grocery 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

For 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 Mountain

This amazing a 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 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 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

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

Flowery 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 Oolong

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

Formosa 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 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 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.