If you are a green or wulong tea enthusiast, you are probably always looking for better teas. There is a huge difference between Chinese teas; some are definitely high-end, quality teas while others are more mediocre. At first it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two; in fact some people at first find it difficult to differentiate even between green tea and oolong tea, but with a little practice you will soon be able to tell what is and what is not quality tea.
The best wulong teas come from China and Taiwan. These teas are grown in high mountain areas, where the tea plant takes a long time to mature. These teas are harvested anywhere from two to four times a year, with the teas harvested in the spring usually being the highest quality and the most expensive. In fact, many tea lovers will order and buy the Spring oolongs even before they have been harvested as they really are that superior.
If you want to buy wulong tea that is of a superior quality, your best option is to buy it directly from merchants operating out of either China or Taiwan. The teas will be usually much fresher than teas that have been exported to other countries and stored. It is possible to find online merchants who offer these high quality teas and shipping usually only takes a few days to a week at most if it is sent by express mail, for example.
Teas bought directly from supermarket shelves will generally be of poorer quality than those bought from merchants or even from tea shops. Of course, you will need to pay a little more for quality, and if it is being shipped from abroad that will also add to the cost. However, if you are interested in tasting and sampling true high quality teas it is usually worth the extra expense to buy tea from closer to the source. Beware, though; once you have tasted superior quality tea wu long or green tea, you will probably not want to go back to drinking anything that is lesser quality!