Oriental BeautyFloating Leaves Tea
A tea of many names, Oriental Beauty is sometimes called Bai Hao Oolong, Eastern Beauty, Dongfang Meiren, Five Colors Oolong, Formosa Oolong, and, in Taiwanese, Braggart's Tea (Phong Hong Te). It is an intentionally bug bitten, open leaf oolong created in Taiwan. It is bitten by a small green leaf-hopper, and the bite-wound causes a sweetness in the leaf. Then the young leaves are plucked by hand and oxidized rather heavily to coax out the natural sweetness in the tea. The characteristic of this tea is it's an attractive honey aroma and sweet taste.
This quality of Oriental Beauty is harder and harder to find, not sure if it's because of changing climate conditions or because of high demand/low production. The amounts we're able to secure are smaller, and the price keeps going up. If you're looking for a more affordable OB, please check out our Honey Beauty. But if you have to have the more complex and aromatic stuff, jump on this one while we have some.
I usually don't start off my description with the look of the leaves, but I just have to say the fuzzy, silvery buds are really gorgeous. There's lots of them, and they look nice and plump!
The aroma from the wet leaves is complex with rich notes of honey and a sweet muscatel fruitiness, which both transfer very well into the cup. This batch is SERIOUSLY FRAGRANT! Broth is juicy and sweet, round and soft in the mouth. The bud count is quite high with this batch, so you can go with less leaves and still get all the elegant aroma and juicy mouthfeel of Oriental Beauty. More bang for your buck!
It was just shipped in from Taiwan (2/10/21), so give it a couple of weeks to acclimate.
- Harvest Location : Pinglin, Taiwan
- Cultivar : Qing Xin