Oolong tea gets its name from the Chinese wu-lung, which means, "Black dragon" and it represents a cross between green and black tea. Gaining more and more popularity in Europe, once you try it, Formosa Oolong tea might quite possibly turn out to be your new favourite! Loaded with potential health benefits this is a beautiful tea with full, refreshing, fruity-sweet aromas and flavours to match. Like many things in the world, Oolong tea was discovered by accident. A Chinese gardener was getting ready to prepare his tea when a deer distracted him. He killed and prepared the deer and forgot all about his tea leaves. The next day when he rediscovered them, he thought they might have gone bad since they had started to change colour, but he decided to finish the process anyway. After all the preparations were made, he sat to have his tea and realised that this was a much more flavorful and aromatic tea that what he had been drinking...and Oolong was born. Formosa Oolong teas are produced in Taiwan, next to China, and they produce the largest quantity of Oolong in the world. Leaves are plucked as the sun rises and then are laid out to wither in the hot sun. The leaves may be intentionally bruised slightly to stimulate the fermentation process. Tea artisans that are waiting for the perfect blend of red and green leaves watch over them carefully. The leaves are then dried, expertly graded, and passed through strict quality control for packaging.