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The oolong origin and production

Oolong tea originates from the Fujian province in China. It is therefore classified as a Chinese tea even though its production also extends to Taiwan, Ceylon and the island of Java. It is characterized by limited production and high quality. Some oolongs are rare and sought after by tea lovers around the world.

Oolong tea from China

The blue tea originates from the Fujian province in China. This mountainous region located in the South East of China has a humid and hot climate in summer and mild in winter. The region is bordered to the east by the Taiwan Strait. The term Oolong literally means Black Dragon and refers to an ancient Chinese legend about the origin of oolong tea. Chinese oolong tea is very similar to green tea and like green tea it is low in theine.

Oolong tea from Taiwan

The coastal islands that face China on the other side of the strait form the Taiwanese province of Fujian. Although this province is currently under Taiwanese control, it belonged to China until the declaration of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The islands are therefore mostly populated by people from Chinese Fujian who have kept their original dialect but also the tradition of oolong tea. Taiwanese oolong tea has a full-bodied aroma similar to black tea due to a longer fermentation.

Other producers: oolong tea from Ceylon, Java or Korea

The very strong competition on the black tea market and the explosion of the world consumption of green tea has pushed some tea producing countries to be interested in blue tea. This is the case of Ceylon, for example, which is starting to produce and export oolong tea. There are also very exclusive productions in South Korea or on the island of Java. The tea produced is of great rarity and offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

A very popular tea among Chinese tea lovers

Fujian oolong tea is one of the most sold teas in Asia. It is also known and appreciated by European tea lovers. A tea that improves with time, this original tea offers incomparable flavors.