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Oolong Tea

Oolongs for Every Tea Lover’s Collection

Tung Ting One of Taiwan’s premier oolongs comes from high-grown bushes that are shaded from the sun. This tea, also known as Dong Ding, is lightly oxidized, resulting in a subtle pale liquor with green overtones and a floral aroma.

Bao Chong This classic Taiwanese oolong, sometimes spelled Bao Zhong, exhibits characteristics of both green tea and oolongs. The long, twisted emerald leaves release a subtle yet intoxicating aroma reminiscent of the fragrance of lilacs and gardenias.

Ti Kuan Yin The best known of Chinese balled oolongs, named for the goddess of mercy, is an aromatic and elegant tea manufactured in central Fujian province. The slightly twisted leaves unfurl in a mixture of red-brown and dark green colors and release a honey-colored liquor with a delicately sweet floral flavor. Ti Quan Yin and Tieguanyin are alternate spellings.

Jasmine Pearls This popular oolong tea comes from Fujian province, where it is infused with the delicate scent of night-blooming-jasmine flowers. The tea master combines two delicate leaves and an unopened bud into a beautiful hand-rolled pearl. When steeped, the pearls majestically unfurl, releasing their delicate scent and flavor.

Bruce Richardson is the owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and the author of The New Tea Companion.

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