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The Origin of Oolong Tea (or 'Wulong Tea')

August 4, 2019 No comments

Nobody knows for sure where oolong tea is originated from and where it was discovered. In this article, we’ll discuss the 3 competing theories: Anxi theory, Wuyi theory and Beiyuan tribute tea theory.

Da Hong Pao Tea Price Explained

July 23, 2019 No comments

Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) is a famous oolong tea from Wuyishan, China. What makes the tea so expensive, and are different grades? In this article, we'll discuss what factors determine the price of Da Hong Pao tea.

Oolong Tea Taste Explained

July 25, 2018 No comments

Why is it so hard to generalize the taste of oolong tea? What's the difference between light & dark oolong? And how can you make the taste of oolong tea better? Find out now!

Oolong Tea Caffeine vs Coffee vs Green Tea

July 23, 2018 4 comments

Generally speaking oolong tea contains more caffeine than green tea, but how does it compare to coffee?

How Long Can You Keep Oolong Tea?

July 11, 2018 No comments

Oolong is a partially oxidized tea that have much longer shelf lives relative to green tea. To understand how long you can keep oolong teas, we've to make an important distinction between light and dark oolongs.

Oolong Tea vs Green Tea for Weight Loss: Which Is Healthier?

December 4, 2017 No comments

In this article, we're providing a quick answer to two questions that our support team often receives about green versus oolong tea.

Is Oolong Tea Black Tea?

December 3, 2017 No comments

Oolong tea is not a black tea. Learn about the difference in processing, appearance and taste.

Tie Guan Yin vs Green Tea: What's The Difference

July 7, 2017 No comments

Recently we received an email from a tea lover wondering why Tie Guan Yin is an oolong tea. Why isn't it a green tea? What's the difference?

Mei Zhan Oolong Tea Review: A Wuyi Rock Tea

June 19, 2017 No comments

Mei Zhan is a tea cultivar from Wuyishan that produces a bold and rich oolong tea. Recently we've received a request from a tea lover to source this tea for him. And as curious as we're we made sure to get some more to try it out ourselves.

Best Tea for Eczema: Green Tea or Oolong Tea for Eczema?

February 22, 2017 No comments

Eczema refers to a group of skin conditions in which the skin becomes irritated or inflamed. Learn how tea can help!

Sweet Osmanthus Oolong Tea Recipe

June 30, 2016 No comments

An easy recipe to blend and brew a classic Osmanthus oolong tea.

Dan Cong Oolong Tea: Legend, History & Origin

December 20, 2015 7 comments

Dan Cong is a famous category of oolong teas from the phoenix mountain, in Guangdong. Oolongs from this region are considered the biggest competitors of oolong teas from Fujian's Wuyishan tea region. Especially, in the past years, Dan Cong has become increasingly popular. Like many other famous Chinese teas, there’s a legend to be told about its origin.

Emperor Zhao Bing’s Elixir

During the Song dynasty, emperor Zhao Bing fled to the Wu Dong Mountain (乌岽山) during a war.

According to a myth, he was extremely thirsty and local farmers let him chew on the leaves from the tea bushes. This didn’t only quenched his thirst, but allowed him to regain his energy. Due to this miracle, Dan Cong tea was referred to as the the Tea of Song (宋茶 'Song Cha') and later also named the Song cultivar (宋种 'Song Zhong') raising the potential status of Dan Cong to an imperial level.

The Fall of Song

However, it took hundreds of years before Dan Cong became a tribute tea, because Zhao Bing wasn’t able to survive the war and return the favor to the local farmers. As according to historical records he jumped into the sea and died at an age of 8, consequently resulting in the fall of the Song Dynasty. Luckily his body was found by a Monk of Tin Hau (Queen of Heaven) temple in Shenzhen, Guangdong and eventually got buried there. See pictures of the temple below.

tian hao queen of heaven temple shenzhen tian hou chiwan shenzhen queen of heaven temple

The Rise of Dan Cong tea in the Qing Dynasty

It was during the reign of emperor Jia Qing (image below) in the Qing Dynasty, when the Dan Cong bushes finally where rewarded for their ultimate quality. The tea region began to develop into a more mature production region, and more trees where planted. With pressure as well as financial support from the emperor, the trees enjoyed exceptional care. As a result they naturally grew into large ancient trees which you can still observe today.

Interested to try out this legendary tea? Visit our Dan Cong tea page to buy tea online direct from the Phoenix mountain! For more information about the different types, you may read our expert article on Dan Cong tea types & classification.

Oolong tea wiki & guide

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The Origin of Oolong Tea (or 'Wulong Tea')

August 4, 2019 No comments

Nobody knows for sure where oolong tea is originated from and where it was discovered. In this article, we’ll discuss the 3 competing theories: Anxi theory, Wuyi theory and Beiyuan tribute tea theory.

Da Hong Pao Tea Price Explained

July 23, 2019 No comments

Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) is a famous oolong tea from Wuyishan, China. What makes the tea so expensive, and are different grades? In this article, we'll discuss what factors determine the price of Da Hong Pao tea.

Oolong Tea Taste Explained

July 25, 2018 No comments

Why is it so hard to generalize the taste of oolong tea? What's the difference between light & dark oolong? And how can you make the taste of oolong tea better? Find out now!

Oolong Tea Caffeine vs Coffee vs Green Tea

July 23, 2018 4 comments

Generally speaking oolong tea contains more caffeine than green tea, but how does it compare to coffee?

How Long Can You Keep Oolong Tea?

July 11, 2018 No comments

Oolong is a partially oxidized tea that have much longer shelf lives relative to green tea. To understand how long you can keep oolong teas, we've to make an important distinction between light and dark oolongs.

Oolong Tea vs Green Tea for Weight Loss: Which Is Healthier?

December 4, 2017 No comments

In this article, we're providing a quick answer to two questions that our support team often receives about green versus oolong tea.

Is Oolong Tea Black Tea?

December 3, 2017 No comments

Oolong tea is not a black tea. Learn about the difference in processing, appearance and taste.

Tie Guan Yin vs Green Tea: What's The Difference

July 7, 2017 No comments

Recently we received an email from a tea lover wondering why Tie Guan Yin is an oolong tea. Why isn't it a green tea? What's the difference?

Mei Zhan Oolong Tea Review: A Wuyi Rock Tea

June 19, 2017 No comments

Mei Zhan is a tea cultivar from Wuyishan that produces a bold and rich oolong tea. Recently we've received a request from a tea lover to source this tea for him. And as curious as we're we made sure to get some more to try it out ourselves.

Best Tea for Eczema: Green Tea or Oolong Tea for Eczema?

February 22, 2017 No comments

Eczema refers to a group of skin conditions in which the skin becomes irritated or inflamed. Learn how tea can help!

Sweet Osmanthus Oolong Tea Recipe

June 30, 2016 No comments

An easy recipe to blend and brew a classic Osmanthus oolong tea.

Dan Cong Oolong Tea: Legend, History & Origin

December 20, 2015 7 comments

Dan Cong is a famous category of oolong teas from the phoenix mountain, in Guangdong. Oolongs from this region are considered the biggest competitors of oolong teas from Fujian's Wuyishan tea region. Especially, in the past years, Dan Cong has become increasingly popular. Like many other famous Chinese teas, there’s a legend to be told about its origin.

Emperor Zhao Bing’s Elixir

During the Song dynasty, emperor Zhao Bing fled to the Wu Dong Mountain (乌岽山) during a war.

According to a myth, he was extremely thirsty and local farmers let him chew on the leaves from the tea bushes. This didn’t only quenched his thirst, but allowed him to regain his energy. Due to this miracle, Dan Cong tea was referred to as the the Tea of Song (宋茶 'Song Cha') and later also named the Song cultivar (宋种 'Song Zhong') raising the potential status of Dan Cong to an imperial level.

The Fall of Song

However, it took hundreds of years before Dan Cong became a tribute tea, because Zhao Bing wasn’t able to survive the war and return the favor to the local farmers. As according to historical records he jumped into the sea and died at an age of 8, consequently resulting in the fall of the Song Dynasty. Luckily his body was found by a Monk of Tin Hau (Queen of Heaven) temple in Shenzhen, Guangdong and eventually got buried there. See pictures of the temple below.

tian hao queen of heaven temple shenzhen tian hou chiwan shenzhen queen of heaven temple

The Rise of Dan Cong tea in the Qing Dynasty

It was during the reign of emperor Jia Qing (image below) in the Qing Dynasty, when the Dan Cong bushes finally where rewarded for their ultimate quality. The tea region began to develop into a more mature production region, and more trees where planted. With pressure as well as financial support from the emperor, the trees enjoyed exceptional care. As a result they naturally grew into large ancient trees which you can still observe today.

Interested to try out this legendary tea? Visit our Dan Cong tea page to buy tea online direct from the Phoenix mountain! For more information about the different types, you may read our expert article on Dan Cong tea types & classification.