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The Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea we selected is imported directly from Taiwan to Fujian, China.
Our Taiwan Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
This tea is special because it needs the bite of small green insect / leaf hoppers for its natural sweet aroma or honey aroma. The small green insect called leaf hoppers or tea jassid prefer to bite young leaves (buds). The leaf than reacts to defend and recover from the bite. This causes a partial oxidation and the very specific high pitched Oriental Beauty fragrance. So, organic leaves should also be more appetizing for tea insect / leaf hoppers. For more details see this article Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea Special Aroma cause by leap hoppers.
Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea contains plenty of polyphenols which can increase the function of enzyme for breakdown of fats, reduce the blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, anti-oxidize, have some help of anti-aging.
Tea garden is located in Xinzhu (新竹县). The altitude is about 1000m. Tea garden gets sun shine only in the morning whereas from the afternoon onwards, the entire tea garden is covered by a thick fog. Due to the fog and higher altitude, the taste and flavor of the tea is very thick and it gives a very smooth drinking feeling.
In the early 20th century when a British tea merchant presented a sample of this tea to Queen Elizabeth II. From there, the Queen named this tea as Oriental Beauty. This tea dates from the end of the 19th century, when Taiwan started exporting its Oolong teas overseas. John Dodd exported tea to the west, Formosa oolong. Some tea farmers proud what a high price they were able to sell this tea, therefore in Chinese/Taiwanese, named it "Ponghongday / Pong Fong Cha" or "Boast tea".
Once upon a time, legend has it that a farmer left his tea garden as he was too busy to look after it. His tea garden was terribly attacked by a large number of green flies. All the bitten tea leaves changed into yellow in color. Nevertheless, he still processed the tea leaves as he could not afford to give up his tea. To his surprise, the tea processed from insect bitten leaves gave a very strong fruity flavor. Coincidentally, a European tea merchant noticed this tea. He loved its quality very much and named it as Formosa Tea. It is believed that this is the prototype of Oriental Beauty. However it is slightly different from the conventional Oriental Beauty. The processing method of Oriental Beauty is changes year after year. According to the older generation, during their young age, the method of making Oriental Beauty was quite different. In any case, there is no change in plucking of tea leaves. They only select the leaves that are attacked by green flies. Usually each twig consists of one bud and two leaves.
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Lovely! This is a more delicate black kind of oolong with a mellow floral sweetness.
Not my favorite. Objectively, it is a nice oolong; it is simply not to my taste.
After tasting this in a sample I just received a full package and enjoying it. Having a sufficient amount also enable me to tweak the preparation method.
The scent has a kind of fruity floral that I sometimes find in black teas, perhaps darjeelings, surprisingly enough. It’s not a fruity floral that I’m super fond of, but we’ll see how it plays out here. Fortunately for me, the scent doesn’t quite translate into the taste. This has a super smooth and creamy texture that is really awesome. It’s not really roasty or toasted, and it’s not particularly vegetal either. Honey for sure, and a breadiness like a yeasty, crusty loaf straight out of the oven. A hint of fruit as well, although it’s subtle for sure. Definitely enjoying this one, and glad to try it out again! This review was originally published on Steepster by Dinosara on October 8, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Dinosara.
Very nice tea. However, I personally would rather order the "Da Hong Pao" Teavivre sells over this one.
Tried a sample of this tea. I was quite surprised when tasting this tea- a very unique aroma that I had not experienced in teas before. Would really consider ordering it in the next batch - this is something that should be in constant supply :-)
Темный улун. Мне больше всего чувствуется аромат меда и полевых трав которые растут в моей местности Украины.Мне понравился этот чай.
This tea is the main reason why I order off of this web site. My favorite dark oolong! I find it has a sweet taste, smells a bit like honey and can be re-steeped many many times!
What a lovely cuppa. When I first brewed this, I thought it smelled nice…sort of warm and earthy, and I tried hard to see what flavours I could pick up. I chose this tea from the Teavivre site for a future tasting based on the picture, and a description somewhere of a honey aroma. I tried to pick up the honey note, but really, I suck at that. Unfortunately, I’m the first to review this tea, and I am not great at picking out the flavours in teas. It brewed a nice medium golden red shade, and almost seemed like a very mild black tea, like maybe a yunnan or possibly a darjeeling? I guess that’s part of this oolong being more oxidized than some…this tea is definitely on the darker spectrum than the lighter spectrum. I only had time for 2 steeps of this today: my first was this morning (with my cheese tea biscuits), initially unadulterated, but I added sugar partway in. When I did this, it brought out what honey notes I could perceive (or think I perceived) more…but it could just be that is was sweeter overall. The second time was later this afternoon, after my physio appointment and stroll through downtown while the sun was out and it was kinda warm. Warmish, though I was still bundled in my wool coat and scarf, and had my boots on. I popped into a few tea shops I hadn’t been to in quite a long while (Special Teas and Murchies…our Special Teas here in Victoria, BC is not the same as the one in the states that went under and has been bought by Teavana). Anyhow, back at home I made my second steeping, didn’t use as much sugar, but added a splash of milk. It was nice and comforting. I think, on my next steeping, I’m going to try honey instead of sugar, and hold the milk. It was a very enjoyable cuppa, as I said initially. I’m very grateful for teavivre sending this one to me. I know I will enjoy the remaining samples on this one. I look forward to more steepings and tastings. This review was originally published on Steepster by Heather Martin on June, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Heather Martin.
In raw form this tea is a lovely blend of dark brown, light brown and silver green leaves. It has an earthy, wooden scent. Once brewed the tea is brown in colour and has a slightly spicy and toasted, earthen scent. I found this tea to be spicy and warming with a gentle toasted almost fruity and floral essence. Very beautiful and elegant. Each sip brings forward different flavours but each one is as tasty as the last.
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