Fresh From Origin
While the exact origin of the term wulong or “oolong” is near impossible to identify, there are one or two theories. First, is the “Tribute Tea” theory. This claim that the word came directly from Dragon-Phoenix Tea Cake tribute tea. The term oolong tea replaced the old term when loose tea gained in popularity. Since it was dark, long, and curly, it was called Black Dragon tea.
Second is the “Wuyi” theory, which states that the creation of oolong tea is in the Wuyi Mountains. This belief is supported by evidence of poetry written throughout the Qing Dynasty.