Oolong tea (also spelled wulong tea or wu long tea) is a semi-oxidized tea. Taiwan produces the best oolong tea in the world thanks to a mature tea culture and ideal growing conditions. The best Taiwan oolong tea is grown in the mountains of central Taiwan. Growing conditions are ideal - high mountains in a subtropical climate create the cool humid conditions that oolong tea thrives on.
Taiwan Oolong Tea
The Beauty Of Taiwan Oolong Tea
Oolong tea from Taiwan is also known as Imperial Formosa Oolong. The first Europeans to visit Taiwan were Portuguese sailors, who were so impressed by the beauty of Taiwan that they called it Isla Formosa. This translates as "Beautiful Island" and although Taiwan is now a bustling modern country, the tea growing areas of the island are prime examples of its natural beauty.
Most of the oolong tea produced in Taiwan is for local consumption. The Taiwanese
are discriminating tea drinkers who demand the best.
Tea competitions are
held on a regular basis and winners can receive extraordinary prices for their crop.
Why drink Oolong Tea?
There are many reasons to drink oolong tea. First and foremost is the wonderful taste. Tea connoisseurs the world over value Taiwan tea for its sweetness and complexity.
The preparation and serving of Oolong tea is also a pleasing pastime that can be shared with friends and family. In Taiwan and elsewhere, drinking oolong tea is a social affair that solidifies relationships.
The best oolong tea from Taiwan is grown in the high mountains. All the oolong tea sold here is high-mountain oolong which is hand-picked and hand processed. These are artisan teas which have been produced with care. They are highly deserving of the name 'Imperial Formosa Oolong'.
Producing Taiwan oolong tea is an exacting and time-consuming process. The quality of the final product depends as much on the finishing as on the raw tea leaves.
But make no mistake about the tea leaves - they are the heart and soul of Formosa oolong tea and the reason it is so valued. Taiwan tea farmers are increasingly adopting organic growing practices because of the higher quality tea these methods produce.
If you are a tea connoisseur or a new-comer to the world of tea, this web site
has plenty of interesting information about oolong tea from Taiwan - growing, producing
and making tea.
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