- Feb 17, 2021
- by Terry WU
Oolong tea is partially oxidised, with green leaves and red edges, and has both the freshness of green tea and the sweetness and mellowness of black tea.
Oolong means dark green dragon. About the name, there are a few old tales to tell.
There is a story that a tea plantation owner went to see the tea leaves that were almost ready to dry and found an Oolong (Dark Green Dragon) there. He was so frightened that it took a few days before he dared to come back and look. The tea was oxidised under the sun in these days, no longer the green tea before, but strong and delicious. The master called it oolong tea from then on.
More reasonably, the name of oolong tea should still come from the form of the tea leaves, after the tea leaves are processed in the sun, fried and roasted, the color is dark green and the stripes resemble Oolong (Dark Green Dragon). When steeped in water, the leaves seem to be curled and curved, with a dark green color, just like Oolong (Dark Green Dragon) in the water. Hence the name and the legend started to be well known.