Oolong Tea

The origin of oolong tea can be traced back to the Fujian province of China. The mountain terrain and climate in this area, creates perfect conditions for oolong tea production. The most popular oolong tea from the Fujian region, is Tie Guan Yin oolong, known in English as ‘Iron Goddess of Mercy’. This famous oolong tea is renowned for its beautifully floral and perfume-like aroma and its smooth flavour, which imparts delicately fruity and buttery notes.

Another popular region for oolong tea production, is the island of Taiwan - also known amongst oolong tea-lovers as ‘Formosa’. Some of the best oolong teas are produced in the Taiwanese alpine region, which is home to the Ali mountain and the Li Shan mountain range.

The flavour of oolong tea can vary from fresh and green with a floral aroma, to thick and woody with a toasty aroma. In between, is a variety of fruity and sweet oolongs with a honey-like aroma. The unique flavour of each oolong tea, stems from the growing environment, unique production method and the level of oxidisation. Most oolong teas are semi-oxidised. Lightly oxidised oolongs impart a fresh flavour, where as highly oxidise oolongs have a richer taste.

Oolong tea is created through a unique processing method. This process involves bruising the harvested leaves, withering them under natural sunlight and allowing them to moderately oxidise, before twisting them into curls, spirals or pellets. The tea is then baked and roasted, to extract moisture and halt oxidation.

During the production of oolong tea, a high level of attention is given to timing and temperature. This very precise control of the conditions of treatment, brings out the distinctive flavour, colour and aroma of oolong teas.

Oolong tea is a sought-after beverage in China and is commonly used in the Gongfu Cha tea ceremony of the Fujian province. Fine quality oolongs are generally grown from unique cultivars, which are created through selective breeding.

Discover our wide selection of Oolong Teas

Our selection of oolongs includes an exclusive Wuyi mountain variety, the famous Taiwanese Four Season oolong, the creamy Jin Xuan milk oolong and many more.

A healthy tea variety to be enjoyed at any time of day.

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The Tea Journal | Read about the flavours, history, production and brewing of oolong tea.

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Taiwanese Four Season Oolong - No.90

Taiwanese Four Season Oolong - No.90From:  £5.50

This famous Taiwanese oolong tea, imparts a beautiful light-yellow hue, an exquisite earthy-sweet aroma and a deliciously mild and creamy flavour.  The tea has a light body and a very clean aftertaste. 

Wuyi Shui Xian Oolong - No.91

Wuyi Shui Xian Oolong - No.91From:  £3.50

This dark oolong tea from the famed Wuyi mountains in the Fujian province of China, imparts a smooth caramel flavour with delightfully fruity notes.

Taiwanese Jin Xuan (Milk) Oolong - No.97

Taiwanese Jin Xuan (Milk) Oolong - No.97From:  £6.45

A popular choice amongst oolong drinkers, this loose leaf milk oolong from Taiwan, imparts a creamy aroma and a delicately smooth flavour with fruity and floral notes.

Phoenix Honey Orchid Oolong (Mi Lan Dan Cong) - No.89

Phoenix Honey Orchid Oolong (Mi Lan Dan Cong) - No.89From:  £8.95

Imperial Phoenix Honey Orchid is one of the most sought-after teas amongst the Oolong tea lovers. With its complex flavour and naturally honey like sweetness and lingering floral notes, this is definitely a tea for the connoisseurs or anyone who like subtle flavoursome Oolong teas.

Taiwanese Dongding Oolong - No.95

Taiwanese Dongding Oolong - No.95From:  £8.50

This premium Dong Ding oolong tea is one of the very finest mountain oolongs from Taiwan. The hand-picked tea imparts yellowish-green liquor and a refreshing flavour with fruity notes. 

Tie Guan Yin Supreme (Iron Goddess of Mercy) - No.99

Tie Guan Yin Supreme (Iron Goddess of Mercy) - No.99From:  £7.95

The most famous of oolong teas, Tie Guan Yin hails from the Fujian Province of China. The tea imparts a wonderfully thick and creamy texture and a naturally rich flavour with hints of nectar.

Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin - Limited Edition - No.93

Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin - Limited Edition - No.93From:  £15.95

This limited-edition Tie Guan Yin is the finest and most premium of our oolong teas. Meticulously handmade by artisan teamakers, the tea imparts a rich flavour with lingering buttery and floral notes.

Oolong Tea Discovery Pack

Oolong Tea Discovery Pack£9.95

Try five different and unique oolong teas. The pack includes five pouches, each containing 10g of loose leaf tea. A great way to explore the world of oolong teas from China and Taiwan. 

Milk Oolong Tea Triunes - No.97

Milk Oolong Tea Triunes - No.97From:  £6.75

These award-wining luxury teabags hold a very popular and delicious tea. Milk Oolong is famously sweet and creamy and impart a wonderful and wholesome flavour.

Taiwanese Ginseng Oolong - No.96

Taiwanese Ginseng Oolong - No.96From:  £6.15

This superlative Taiwanese oolong tea imparts an exquisite combination of sweet, fresh and invigorating flavours with notes of roasted nuts, tingling mint and a lingering and pleasant aftertaste of ginseng. 

Taiwanese Milk Oolong Supreme - Limited Edition - No.92

Taiwanese Milk Oolong Supreme - Limited Edition - No.92From:  £24.95

This premium natural milk oolong tea from the high mountains of Taiwan, imparts a delicate flavour with exquisitely creamy notes and can be enjoyed at any time of the day. 

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