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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.
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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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The first time I bewed this tea, I tried it western style and didn't care for it much. when brewed western style, the bitterness was too strong. So I tried again gongfu style and it was much better. When brewed gongfu style, there is a very strong aroma of stone fruid. The flavor when brewed this way has a floral sweetness with a touch of honey that balances the bitter. There is a slight astringency which builds after several cups to a smokey like feeling in the back of my throat. While not my absolute favorite, I do enjoy it quite a bit, especially the wonderful aroma.
I won this tea in a giveaway last year that happened to be around my birthday. Tried another cup as part of my oolong sampling weekend. It smells fantastic, a bit sweet and fruity. There are honey and grape notes in the flavour, along with a bit of floral taste. I rather liked the look of the leaves as well.
This tea has beautiful tea leaves with white tips... it's gorgeous and looks nothing like other oolongs that I have had before. This tea has a much stronger roasted flavor than the Monkey picked oolong. It isn't too green or grassy but it does have a slight floral taste to it. I love the natural accent of honey in the background.. it really pulls together the flavors for me. It's really smooth and just gets better and creamier with each successive resteep.
The aroma is quite rich, a blend of yeasty sweet bread, sharp muscatel, and sweet raw honey. There are also faint notes of loam and smoke at the finish. Overall the aroma of this tea is quite sweet. The first sip fulfills the promise of warmth and richness from the aroma. At first the taste is richly sweet and muscatel, as the sip slides down my mouth it changes to honey and lastly loam. The aftertaste is sweet and like honey. I found that the mouthfeel was smooth and slightly tingly, probably from the adorable little fuzzy bits on the leaves. This steep managed to have a very distinct presence while being delicate and light
Dark Oolong that is light orange in color. I can’t really place the aroma, it is pleasing though. Slightly sweet and mellow, I feel like there are a lot of flavors going on in this tea that I can’t really describe any in particular. It is quite delicious. I think it taste a little like graham crackers.
A middle quality tea with beautiful leaves that nicely smells after the infusion. The high oxidation makes this oolong more similar to a black tea...Maybe the right temperature to brew is 90°C for 3/4 gramms of tea. I've tried 85 and it was too light, 100°C with 4 gramms was still not ok. I've tried it with a sample , so it's not to easy to say the right way to brew it.
This was my first Oriental Beauty and the taste was la honey, I had only a sample but I think that the quality/price rate of this tea is very hi! I will buy it the next time that I order from Teavivre
After receiving a sample of the Taiwan Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea I just had to purchase some. I love this tea. I also received a sample of the strawberry oolong tea, I think I will have to get some of this as well.
I wish I could give 4.5 stars because it is a good tea, but for me, many of the bai hao oolongs I have had taste very similar and have that dark, roasted wheat flavor that although enjoyable, can be explored more thoroughly with other specimens and varieties. not a bad cup of tea at all, just not mine! That being said, it is a wonderful base for some home alchemy!
I got this as a sample and I think the taste is pretty good. I'm not a fan of oolongs because of how floral they can be, but this one was not overwhelmingly so. It seems more mellow than other oolongs so that was a plus for me.
Reply: Yes this tea will often taste bitter even if using our brewing guide, because this tea is very hard to brew to the best taste. But you can try to brew for shorter time to reduce the bitterness.
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