Most people know what oolong tea is. It's the tea you get at Chinese restaurants, right? Right. Except oolong tea is much more than that. Let's see what Wikipedia has to say:
Don't get thrown off by the word "oxidation," it just refers to the process of leaving plucked tea leaves out to brown under controlled conditions. The level of oxidation among other factors like fermentation determine what type of tea it is. Oolong tea is only one type that can include hundreds of different variations. Our Tieguanyin Green Oolong and Qilan Wuyi Oolong, for example, are both oolongs with their own distinct flavors and origins.
Tieguanyin tea—pronounced Ti Kwan Yin and translates to "Iron Goddess"—is a type of oolong that is lightly oxidized and is golden green/yellow in color. Despite the "Green" in its name, it is not a green tea. Green tea refers to tea that is heated early in production to avoid oxidation. That's how green tea retains its color and fresh taste. It's important to know that there is a difference.
Comparatively, Qilan tea—pronounced Ki Lan—is probably what you're used to seeing at restaurants. While it's likely not exactly what they serve, it is produced similarly to most oolongs with the exception that it is a high mountain tea from Wuyi.
That's pretty much all there is to these teas. If you prefer milder oolongs and like a little caffeine, then these teas are for you. Ready to try them for yourself? Head over to our Premium Oolongs and use promo code: OOLALA for 10% off.