What is oolong tea? It is a frequently asked question when we begin to talk about this type of tea. Actually, originated in the Fujian province of China, it is a traditional Chinese tea. Due to its unique processing method, it is different from white, green and black teas.
Oolong tea is also known as wu long tea or wulong tea. In Chinese, the word wulong means “black dragon”, but there is no widely accepted explanation on how the Chinese name came about. Perhaps the name has something to do with dragon, which is taken as the lucky indication in Chinese culture.
Oolong tea is a semi-fermented tea combining the best characteristics of un-oxidized green tea and fully oxidized black tea. The taste of the tea is very rich. It can be sweet and fruity, or woody and thick, or green and fresh, all depends on the horticulture and style of production.
The processing of oolong tea is an ancient art which requires expertise, dedication and accuracy. For hundreds of years, the processing was kept secret. Even now, it is still difficult to master all of the skills needed to make truly great oolong tea.