Camellia sinensis:   Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is one of the most complex in flavor and in production. We’re pleased to be able to share different perspectives on this wonderful tea. 

Tuesdays With Norwood, Re-Steeped: Oolongs

Tuesdays With Norwood, Re-Steeped: Oolongs

We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes “Oolong (Wu-lung)”, “Bohea (Wuyi)”, “Tieh Kuan Yin (Ti Quan Yin)”, and “Shuixian and Fenghuang Dancong”. We have added a link to the end of each one to take...

Phoenix Mountain Single Tree Oolong

Phoenix Mountain Single Tree Oolong

During April in North Guangdong province at an altitude of 4,500 feet, 100-year-old Oolong trees are harvested for their young shoots, which are then oxidized to 45%, fired under medium heat, and meticulously crafted all along the way. These single-branch cultivars…

Oolong surprise

Oolong surprise

One of my favorite places to go in San Francisco is Red Blossom Tea in Chinatown. They have an extensive selection of green, oolong, puerh, black, and white teas, all carefully selected and presented…

Aged oolong tea

Aged oolong tea

My introduction to aged oolong tea was about six years ago when I first began drinking and appreciating tea. I moved to Taiwan to open a purchasing office / warehouse for a publications company and the Taiwanese…

Formosa Oolong

Formosa Oolong

Third in a series on the teas of Taiwan. Previous in series: Jade and Amber Oolong Taiwan's tea grows mostly below one thousand feet at the northern end of the island around Taipai where the Formosa cultivar Ching-Shing Dapan flourishes.  Traditionally about sixty...

Jade and Amber Oolong

Jade and Amber Oolong

Second in a series on the teas of Taiwan. Previous in series: Teas of Taiwan Oolong or semi-fermented tea is neither green nor black but in a class unto itself.  In discussing China oolongs I describe the process of repeatedly rolling, oxidizing, and firing the leaf...