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Buying Wulong Tea – Where to Start?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

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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Chinese Wulong Tea, Green Tea and Tea Culture

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Tea evokes different images in the thoughts of people, ranging from the hot morning cuppa’ made from a black tea teabag to the mystery of China and Chinese tea culture and their Wulong tea and Green teas.

Some of the greatest teas originated in China, with China’s tea culture dating back for over a thousand years. Western experience with tea, however, is relatively recent, dating back a couple of hundred years when tea was introduced initially to the nobility. It soon became a favoured drink among many, with most of the tea exported to western countries, black tea.  Black tea remains one of the favourite teas for many Westerners still, although there is growing interest in Chinese teas such as Chinese green tea, Wulong oolong tea and Puerh tea.

No matter what the culture, drinking tea is usually a social event. A commonly heard phrase in China translates as, “Drink tea, make friends.”  Tea has also been traditionally used for centuries as a ceremony shared by master and student, no matter what the subject of the lesson; meditation, scholastic studies or martial arts.

Ancient Chinese Cloudwalkers who lived in the mountains in China, turned from the belief of Tao and instead chose a different path to enlightenment; “Cha Dao” or “the way of tea”.  Cloudwalkers discovered that tea possessed properties that would clear the mind and encourage better concentration, thus the master and student sharing tea together soon became an important ritual that survives amongst Chinese culture even today, the tea ceremony.

Cha Dao, the way of the tea, is almost a spiritual journey of enlightenment for many today. The wonderful calming and meditative properties of properly prepared tea has made Cha Dao not a religion as such, but a journey to find spirituality and peace. There is no set ritual for enjoying tea, nor is there any specific equipment that must be used. This journey is a personal journey, a journey of tasting and enjoying the subtleties and flavours of tea. Chinese believe and teach that in order to truly appreciate the finer qualities of teas your mind must be still, and after that you will begin to notice the difference between teas.

While it takes time for people to learn about tea, and to understand and recognize the differences between teas and between the qualities of teas, it can be learned. The best way to learn is to try different teas, and to learn how to brew them as they should be brewed. With time you will learn what constitutes a good tea and you will come to appreciate the different flavours.   It is a journey well worth taking.

If you are wondering where to buy wulong tea (also known as oolong or wu long tea), I would suggest that you buy from a health store or a special tea store, and that you look for organic wulong Chinese tea.  You can buy either the loose leaf tea or wulong tea bags. The best tea bags to purchase, if you go that route, are the triangular shaped bags that have loose leaf tea inside of them. They can be reused several times, and the quality is much better than teabags with dried tea powder.

You have most likely heard a lot about oolong tea side effects and benefits. It has been featured on numerous television shows, for example, where people talked extensively about oolong tea. Oprah helped to make it famous when discussing wulong slimming tea, and asking the famous question, “Oolong tea, does it work?”  There are also numerous sites online offering oolong tea reviews, and discussing the benefits of drinking oolong tea. Weight loss does often occur when someone switches to drinking wulong tea, (or wu yi tea, as it is also known as.)  It has been well documented, and actually my husband lost quite a bit of weight when he first began drinking it. Having said that, it is not a ‘miracle cure’ that will make all weight drop instantly from you, no matter what else you do.  It does help raise your metabolic rate, as does Green tea, which of course will affect your weight gain or weight loss. Chinese tea’s benefits are substantiated and real.

There are other health benefits to chinese tea’s both green tea and wulong tea. They both contain polyphenol, which has been shown to both enhance your body’s natural enzymes and removes dangerous free radicals from your body.