The history of tea can be traced back to 12th century, however the concept of tea processing is fully developed and matured until Ming Dynasty. With the introduction of fixation, roasting, and fermentation techniques, a variety of tea has been invented including Oolong tea. According to the old Chinese tale, it is said that Oolong tea was discovered in 1725 by a Chinese tea farmer after accidentally leaving the fresh tea leaves overnight instead of processing right away. Through a night of indoor resting which also considered as light fermentation process, the edge of fresh tea leaves has turned naturally into red color. Finally, after a series of fixation and medium-roasting procedures, a delicate tea with slightly baked aroma and ripen fruit taste is invented and later being named as “Oolong”.
Chatime Oolong tea is origin from Nantou County, Taiwan. The humid climate and loess soil in the area provides a perfect growing environment for Oolong tea cultivation. Through semi-fermenting the fresh tea leaves for around 20-30% fermentation level, ensuring the tea body carries the vegetal note of green tea yet distinct roasted brown rice and ripen fruit flavor after brewed. If you haven’t tried the phenomenal flavor of Oolong yet , make sure to try it out when you visit Chatime next time!