Wood Dragon (4 oz)
Wood Dragon Oolong | In Pursuit of Tea
Made from tea stems, this is a very popular alternative as it is low in caffeine but with the warm roasted, rich flavor associated with oolongs. It is one of the most popular teas in Taiwan, enjoyed in many restaurants and homes. The roasted flavor is a result of an extra firing after the twigs and stems have been hand-sorted away from the leaves. A very accessible and enjoyable alternative to a more heavily caffeinated dark roast oolong, similar to Kukicha in Japan.

Country: Taiwan
Region: Nantou County
Tasting Notes: Roasty, Woody
Year of Production: Spring 2014

Stock Status:In Stock

Product Code: OTW14


Thoughts on Tea and Food Pairing

Why pair tea with food? Pairing tea with food is an adventure in flavors. It is also a good way to get to know the variety in the world of tea. Tea provides an extensive range of tastes, similar to that of wine but without alcohol.

What Can Tea Accomplish?
Tea has evolved for thousands of years along with regional cuisine to be the drink that goes along with meals. It is no surprise that it goes well with food. Like a small, midcourse amuse bouche or palate cleanser, tea is in one sense a great flavor bridge from one course to the next. More importantly it can also be paired with a specific dish -- to help complete the flavor journey of that dish.

Pairing Basics
The flavors of regional teas evolved with local cuisine, just like wine evolved with its local cuisine. So a good way to think about natural pairings is to look at the cuisine from the tea regions. For instance nothing could go with seafood better than Japanese green teas - such as sencha, bancha, or genmaicha. To take this a step further green teas in general (including many of those from China, Korea, and Vietnam) are superb with seafood. Rice and green tea is also a natural fit. In many traditional Japanese meals the course before dessert is often ochazuke -- rice made with green tea and often topped with savories like salmon or sour plum.

Lightly Oxidized Oolongs
Greenish oolongs are the best oolongs for pairing. Green oolongs can be made stronger and still remain smoother than any green tea. These teas have more sweetness because of the heavier body of the tea. They go very well with scallops, lobster, and other sweet rich seafood.

Full and Medium Oxidized Oolongs
The toastiness of these teas is the most prominent flavor characteristic, except in Oriental Beauty oolongs (which are purely sweet). Stronger flavors like grilled foods match well the darker oolongs. Duck with sweet Oriental Beauty is wonderful.

Black Teas
With pronounced tannins and a corresponding strong finish, black teas are excellent with very full-flavored foods like meats, curries, pastries, etc.

Pu-erh Teas
Since they come from the inland province of Yunnan in China, these go well with chicken and meats, stir-fried foods, and anything with lots of animal fat or other oils.

  • Start with your favorite spring or filtered water. Do a quick rinse to preheat the teaware and awaken the leaves. Use a large strainer basket to allow the leaves to open and release their flavor.
  • Temperature: 212 F (boiling) Time: 2-3 minutes
    Amount: 3g / 6 oz serving = 1 heaping teaspoon
  • Play with the amount of tea, the water temperature, and steeping time to re-steep - rely on taste, not color. Get to know the tea! Try it gong-fu style - use a lot of leaf and short steeps for multiple infusions.
  • For more about brewing tea, visit our Brewing Notes page.
Average Customer Review: 1 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

  0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
mike's not happy with this tea July 24, 2011
Reviewer: Mike Phipps from Huntsville, AL United States  
No in pursuit of tea products should get anything but 3 stars and above.  But I have to say this is NOT my favorite tea.  Has way to much of a woody and smoking taste.  I can get that taste by soaking Mesquite bark. My cheap japanese tea was not available so I purchases this tea.  Not worth it.

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