Organic Wu Yi Oolong Tea

Light amber infusion with a roasted quality and sweet earthiness

fair trade certified certified organic
Organic Wu Yi Oolong Tea
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Organic Wu Yi Oolong Tea

Backyard Compostable Tea Packaging

The mist-shrouded cliffs of the Wuyi Mountains, on the border of the Jiangxi and Fujian provinces of southeastern China, have nurtured exquisite teas for thousands of years and are the birthplace of organic oolongs. The open, dark brown leaves of this organic tea from China yield a light amber infusion with a smooth, light body and little astringency. The tea exhibits aromas of mushrooms, dry fall leaves and sweet earthiness, with a very pronounced roasted quality that reminds us of burnt caramel. The roasted dimension of this organic loose tea translates strongly into the cup, as do many of its aromatic qualities. Organic Wuyi Oolong is a great drink with any meal and makes superb iced tea.

Ingredients: organic Chinese oolong tea

Origin: Wuyuan Xitou Tea Farmers Association, Jiangxi Province, China

Organic Tea from Jiangxi Province, China

Jiangxi, located on the Eastern side of China, is surrounded by mountains on three sides and sits comfortably in a subtropical climate, making it an excellent place for tea plants. Teas grown in the Wuyi mountain range are sometimes referred to as "rock tea," because of the rocky terrain. As a whole, tea isn’t a large export from this part of China, but in the north of Jiangxi tea production has become an important part of the agriculture. The Jiangxi WuYuan Xitou Tea Farmers Association reflects the transition of a society from governmental control to democratic processes and market economy. Once state-owned, WuYuan Xitou’s ten tea gardens are now owned by individual farmers who have collectively assembled to make up the farmers association that became Fair Trade certified in 2004.

Steeping Instructions

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At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend oolong teas to be steeped for 4 to 7 minutes in water heated to a just about boiling (approximately 195 degrees F). For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Jeremy

    "This is definitely the most roasted of the oolongs we offer."

  • Aubrey

    "We have customers who come back again and again for this tea only."

  • Chelsea

    "Drinking this tea brings my mind to the mountainous terrain of the Wuyi range, one of the first and most enticing tea growing origins I have learned about."

Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Tea

Like all true tea, oolong tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels.

For more information about the health benefits of oolong and other types of tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health BenefitsHealth Benefits of True Tea page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 5
    My favorite tea

    Posted by Tina Giufre on 29th Oct 2019

    This is by far my very favorite tea. I like my tea strong, so it's bold, roasty flavor is perfect for me. I even steep more than the recommended amount. I drink it daily and buy it in bulk, five or six bags at a time. I steep it again, using a bit less water, for a second cup when I'm at work. And it makes a great glass of iced tea, too. I recommend it to coffee drinkers, too. Thank you, Arbor Teas!

  • 3
    I Want to Write a Negative Review....

    Posted by Kevin Boies on 13th Feb 2019

    This WU YI tea is likely very good, for I know the quality of tea Arbor sells is very good: they have the absolute best Earl Grey Tea I've ever drank. The thing is; to my taste this tea was not liked: now I've heard some people say Brussel Sprouts are great, well not to my taste. I'm concerned that if I use the actual term I've used to describe … to myself, I will be termed a curmudgeon. I really think a lot of people should try this tea to see how their tastes runs -- do you like Brussel Sprouts or not / do you like the taste of WU YI or not it's your choice, but then it's not really a choice, but a taste.

  • 3
    Chocolatey

    Posted by Stevie Preis on 23rd Jul 2018

    Tastes similar to dark chocolate, highly earthy. Only reason it gets 3stars from me is because I enjoy a more floral taste.

  • 3
    Interesting Oolong

    Posted by Debbie Shipley on 21st Oct 2017

    I agree with previous reviews. This Oolong has many layers ... chocolate notes sweet and roasted smokeyness. Suggest purchasing a sample of this because of its very distinct taste.

  • 3
    A good, roasty oolong

    Posted by McKinley L. on 4th Jan 2017

    This is a good, well-roasted oolong that in line with other Wuyi tea that I've had. Roasted and malty, with a little chocolate and smoke going on as well. Probably a little too roasted for me to drink frequently -- not like a Hojicha or anything, though still fairly roasted -- but nice to have nonetheless. And as others have noted, it's good for multiple steeps as well, so it's a good value if you dig roasted oolongs.

  • 5
    Great Value

    Posted by Greg E. on 14th Aug 2016

    This oolong is a great value. It has a unique flavor. Dark and smokey. The darkest oolong I have ever had. Due to the distinct flavor you might consider a sampler to see if you like it before buy it in a bulk package. Also give it a few brews over a few days. I was not crazy about it after the first pot, but over a few days it grew on me and now I really like this tea.

  • 4
    Quality tea

    Posted by Derek on 2nd Feb 2016

    Good quality roasted oolong tea. What else is there to say...?

  • 5
    Warms me up

    Posted by Steven on 31st Jan 2016

    I've ordered this several times now. It's one of the teas I drink regularly. It maintains a nice flavor through several steeps. I abuse it and just take a tea ball with me to work with a mug that I refill, but it is a particularly tasty treat when brewed in Gong Fu style.

  • 5
    A Treasure of Toastiness

    Posted by Dave W. on 28th Oct 2015

    You will have the best experience with this oolong if you use a fairly generous amount of leaf. When I first brewed this tea I didn't use enough leaf, and I thought that it had too mild of a flavor. When I later experimented with using more leaf, this oolong perfomed like a champ! As Arbor Teas wisely recommends in their steeping guide, "For a stronger brew, don't steep longer, just use more tea". In regards to this Wu Yi oolong's great flavor, it hits the spot when you're in the mood for something truly toasty with a notable hint of caramel-like sweetness. Brewing gungfu style in a Yixing teapot, I found that a one-minute steeping time is perfect for the first few steepings. Go longer, of course, for subsequent steepings. I'm surprised at how much flavor comes out of this oolong even after nine or ten steepings. You definitely get your money's worth with this tea.

  • 4
    Great Oolong tea

    Posted by Melissa on 11th Mar 2015

    I love oolong teas to begin with. After reading the reviews about the roasted/smoky flavor it made me want to try it out. Definitely true to the reviews it does have that roasted taste but it's not over powering. Very earthy soothing tea.

  • 4
    Pleasantly surprised

    Posted by Ben on 9th Jun 2014

    So I work for a tea company and they discontinued my favorite oolong. I had been toying around with the idea of picking up a wuyi rock oolong tea. After searching and searching I found somewhere that had a tea I was looking for. When I finally had collected enough of the money to purchase, the store ran out. And so I discovered arbor teas. I found the wuyi oolong (for an incredibly reasonable price) and was a bit skeptical of the product I would be recieving. When it arrived I was ecstatic to try this tea. First thing first, I saw the note on the inside and became even more excited. I heated up some water and brewed it in my cast iron pot. I was floored. It's a delicate yet complex tea with the almost smokiness and smooth brew I had been looking for. I reinfused the leaves five times and found the best infusions to be the third and fourth. They were crisp, savory, sweet and smokey. I was so focused on the tea an hour and a half went by, and that was a good sign. I have a huuuuuge amount of it (the 7 oz was enough to fill my pound tin) and this tea was about $90 cheaper for the same volume of the previous favorite oolong. I could not have been more pleased. Within two weeks I bought another two teas from them and am anxiously awaiting delivery. All in all, if you love straight oolongs, I highly suggest you check this one out.

  • 5
    My sons favorite

    Posted by Monica on 27th Dec 2013

    Purchased four oolongs as a gift. This one is my sons favorite because of the smokiness. So much fun trying them all!

  • 5
    My favorite

    Posted by Kyle on 16th Dec 2012

    When I brewed this it was my first oolong. There is a flavor profile that reminds me of a roasted or smokey quality. It is subtle to a point you may not notice it and it is delicious. I love this tea more than any I have ever had. This is a must buy in my book!

  • 3
    Satisfyingly simple

    Posted by Joseph Paulson on 7th Nov 2012

    The dry leaf possesses a very sweet, fruity aroma. When brewed the sweet smell lingers. At this point I was worried that this Oolong would taste as sweet as it smelled, an off putting quality in my book. The liquor was brown and unappealing. But the tea drinks smoothly. A little thin, a little simple. But not overly sweet at all. Despite some early reservations, I quite enjoy this tea. If you don't expect too much from Wu Yi, you might too.

  • 5
    Awesome

    Posted by Tommy on 10th Oct 2012

    Smokey in the best way. So good!

  • 5
    Intensely delicious

    Posted by Joe P. on 3rd Sep 2012

    Smooth, deep, slightly smokey. Love it.

  • 5
    Delicious!

    Posted by Jen D. on 8th Aug 2012

    I actually found Arbor Teas while searching for an Oolong. I am so happy I sampled Wu Yi! It is exactly what I was looking for. If my Shui Xian sample is half as good I will be pleased.

  • 4
    A Savory Delight!

    Posted by John of Troy on 24th Feb 2012

    When I first brewed this tea, I was surprised at its flavor. It has earthy hints with an overall complex taste. I struggled to find the exact word to describe this tea and finally settled on the perfect word: Savory. This is a rich, savory tea that I will order again!

  • 5
    Excellent

    Posted by Tom Brook on 19th Apr 2011

    Quite simply this is one of the best teas I've ever sampled. The smooth roasted taste is perfect with a meal--especially Asian dishes or can be enjoyed by itself. It is one of two teas (the other being Organic Sencha) that I keep in my pantry at all times.

  • 5
    Wu Yi Oolong

    Posted by Alan Babbitt on 11th Jan 2009

    A very nice tea on the dark end of the oolong spectrum. I brewed this tea Gongfu style in a small teapot: 7 grams tea leaves to 200ml boiling water. The first infusion is about 15 seconds and is used only to warm the pot and the teacup and then discarded. The second infusion is about 45 seconds and an additional 5-10 seconds for each successive infusion. The resulting brew is reminiscent of the tea most Chinese restaurants serve although this tea is a definite step up in quality. The aroma is mellow and earthy and just a little spicy. The liquor is clear and amber colored with a clean flavor and fairly low astringency. I was able to get at least six infusions out of this tea before the leaves started to give out. I will definitely buy this again.

  • 5
    Yum!

    Posted by Christin on 9th Dec 2008

    Yum!

  • 5
    Very good

    Posted by Tracy Bland on 1st Sep 2008

    Excellent tea. It is my favorite and I drink it daily.

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