Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea that comes from Taiwan and southern China. After picking the tea leaves are withered in the sun and partially oxidised before curling and twisting. A particular method of manufacture ensures that the leaves only ferment from the edge inwards and the quality of the oolong is very much dependant on the skills of the person processing it.
Oolong taste is between green tea and black tea, with a fruity, soft and very fragrant flavour. The characters of each tea is determined by the fermentation process.
The name oolong tea comes from the Chinese name meaning black dragon tea. In Chinese, oolong teas are also known as qingcha or dark green teas.