Wulong Tea

The invention of wulong tea was a slow process, so there is no exact date of origin. The oxidation levels of wulong tea range from around 15 percent to 75 percent. This accounts for the variety of flavors available among wulongs. The name Wulong, and its anglecised counterpart Oolong, both mean “Black Dragon”. The name is a reference to the tea leaves’ resemblance to the curled body of mythical Chinese dragons.

At Seven Cups, we offer wulongs from the famed Wu Yi Shan, Dan Cong wulongs from Guangdong Province and, Anxi region wulongs. Anxi wulongs tend to be more lightly oxidized than Rock and Dan Cong wulongs. By comparison, Rock wulong and Dan Cong wulongs are usually darker in color and possess a heavier roast. Wu Yi and Dan Cong wulong tea is also produced by having the teas rolled lengthwise. Anxi wulong get rolled into a distinctive ball form.

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Anxi Wulong


Dan Cong Wulong


Rock Wulong Tea

The first cup kisses away my thirst,
and my loneliness is quelled by the second.
The third gives insight worthy of ancient scrolls,
and the fourth exiles my troubles.
My body becomes lighter with the fifth,
and the sixth sends word from immortals.
But the seventh —oh the seventh cup— if I drink you,
a wind will hurry my wings toward the sacred island.

LuTong (795-835A.D.) (trans. Christopher Nelson)

Contact

Tucson Tea House
2516 East 6th Street
Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 881-4072

To Order Tea By Phone:
Phone (520) 628-2952
Toll Free (866) 997-2877