Buying Wulong Tea – Where to Start?

wulong teaIf you are new to drinking Wulong tea (also known as Oolong tea) it may be difficult to know exactly what you should purchase, especially when faced with the huge variety of Wulong tea there is available both online and in many teashops and cafes. Prices for the tea ranges from a couple of dollars to hundreds of dollars, and just as with wine, there are differences in the quality and taste of tea.

When first acquiring a taste for Wulong tea you do not want to start drinking one that is extremely expensive as you will most likely not appreciate the finer qualities it possesses, and in fact you will probably not be able to distinguish between different quality teas until you are quite a bit more used to the flavours and tastes. By the same token, you do not want to drink one that is very cheap as you may never begin to appreciate it!  Unless you are accompanying someone who is very familiar with the differences in taste and flavour with the teas, I would suggest you stick to a mid-range tea when you buy tea.

Some of the best Wulong teas are grown in China and in Taiwan. Spring teas are meant to be the most flavorsome teas, and each spring the new harvest is soon bought up. Just as with wine, some years are better than others and you may find a tea from four or five years ago actually tastes better than one that has just been harvested. There is  no real rhyme or reason why one year’s tea tastes better than another as there are many different factors that come into play when growing and harvesting tea.

For general everyday use I have found some great triangular teabags that have loose leaf tea in them. These are not the same as the Lipton teabags you find on the supermarket shelves, as they are made from fine powdered tea (actually from the leftovers that are scooped up and made in to teabags!)  These teabags actually contain real loose leaf tea inside, so the taste is very close to what you would get by brewing loose leaves in a teapot.  The reason I use these on a daily basis is because they are extremely simple to use, you just pop them straight into your cup and let them sit for a couple of minutes, then take them out and set them aside.  You can actually use them several times too, just as you can use regular loose leaf tea over again. There is no mess, no pouring from kettle to teapot, then from teapot to cup. I spend a lot of time at my desk, writing, each day and I really do not have the space on my desk nor the time or inclination to spend too much time making my cup of tea.

Of course when it is time to really enjoy a cup of good wu long tea I prefer the loose leaf tea that is brewed properly in the teapot. But for a quick cup of tea during the day, I find the triangular teabags much more tasty than other types of oolong tea in regular teabags and I like the fact that I can actually get around three cups of tea out of one teabag.

So, if you are a new wulong tea drinker I would suggest you start out with a moderately priced wulong Chinese tea. If you would like to drink the tea on a regular basis, in a no-fuss and no-mess way, then I would suggest you find some triangular teabags with loose leaf wu-long tea inside and try those.  Whatever you choose, please enjoy your tea!

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