Sonofabrat said

What is a jade oolong?

I’ve had several jade oolongs before but I’m not positive what makes a jade oolong a jade oolong. I’ve heard from some sources that it is when it is picked, and others that it is where it is picked. Does anyone have a definitive answer to this?

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Sonofabrat, It’s because of its location, it’s referred to as «Jade» because it is grown at very high altitude. They also call it High Mountain oolong. It is similar to a Tie Guan Yin, but has a stronger flavour usually, even more floral. But whatever the reason, it’s a phenomenal tea :-)

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sansnipple said

I don’t think it has anything to do with elevation specifically, you can get them from any elevation, though higher ones will be better and pricier. Jade oolong usually means 1 of 2 things,

1: Any green style (lightly oxidized, unroasted) rolled oolong, just a general synonym for the green/light (Jade color) category of oolongs.

2: A specific Taiwanese tea plant cultivar named Cui Yu (literally “Green Jade”) aka TRES No. 13, which is one of the common cultivars used for making green style oolongs in Taiwan.

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GuyOne said

There is a specific cultivar in Taiwan that is called Jade. Lee at Hou De has some nice Acrobat files about tea. Check out the first one on this page:

I got some of Taiwan Tea Crafts Jade Oolong last winter and it was excellent. Still have a bit left and am looking forward to this winter’s crop.

EDIT: Just noticed that sansnipple already mentioned the Tres 13 Jade variety.

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