Qing Xin Wu Long / Ruan Zhi Wu Long,
Qing Xin Gan Zhong, Qing Xin Da Pang, Huang Gan Zhong, Da Man Zhong, Ying Zhi Hong Xin

  • Qing Xin (green/clear heart) also known as Ruan Zhi (soft branch) Oolong is one of the most commonly used varietals in Taiwan. It probably originates from Anxi, but possibly also from Wuyishan or Jianyang; in any case, it's from the province of Fujian, from where it has disappeared. It has probably been brought to Taiwan some when between 1850 and 1900. Many Taiwanese Oolongs are made from this varietal, such as High Mountain Tea, Dong Ding, Bao Zhong, Oriental Beauty. It is also grown in Thailand and since recently on Jingmaishan (Yunnan) for teas of the taiwanese type (Chiang Rai Gui Fei, Gan On, Yunnan High Mountain und Yunnan Beauty).
  • Qing Xin Gan Zhong ("Green Heart Sweet Varietal") is an old variety, that is mostly grown in Sanxia on Taiwan. Originally, the variety was used for Oolong Tea (particularly FAncy Oolong resp. Oriental Beauty), but nowadays mostly green teas (Taiwan Bi Luo Chun and Taiwan Long Jing), but also white teas (Bi Luo Bai Cha and Bi Luo Hong Cha, Mi Xiang Hong Cha) are made from this variety.
  • Qing Xin Da Pang (Green heart big void) is a rather old cultivar that has been developed in Taiwan. It is said to be very suitable for Dong Fang Mei Ren / Oriental Beauty. Ball-shaped Oolongs are also produced from it.
  • Huang Gan Zhong ("Yellow Sweet Varietal") is an old variety, that used to be very popular in Taiwan, particularly for tea destined for export. This variety is often confused with Qing Xin Gan Zhong.
  • Da Man Zhong ("Large Slow Varietal") is a varietal that grows very slowly, thus developing intense aroma. It is exclusively used for Oriental Beauty in Shiding and Pinglin, both Xinbei, Taiwan.
  • Ying Zhi Hong Xin (Strong branch red heart) is an old Oolong Variety that, in the past, has been produced into black and oolong tea in Shimen. Nowadays it has become rare, but it was used for the cross-breeding of various new varieties.